Bouncing Back and Beyond
This chapter first provides the historical background on the mainly clinically-oriented work on resiliency. PsyCap resiliency is defined as not only this traditionally recognized ability to bounce back from adversity, but also includes coming back from very positive, challenging events and the will to go beyond the normal, to go beyond the equilibrium point. Specific attention is given to the three major dimensions of resilience: assets, risk factors, and values. The rest of the chapter is devoted to the positive role PsyCap resilience can play in the workplace in terms of performance and human resource development, as well as the importance of resilient employees, leaders, and organizations. Career resiliency is singled out for special attention. The concluding sections recognize some potential pitfalls and future directions for research and practice.
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