Resilience at Work

Andrew Denovan, Lee Crust, Peter J. Clough

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Abstract

Resilience at work continues to be a major focus of both research and applied work. Often it is viewed in isolation from other perspectives and is rarely linked to positive psychology. This chapter deals with mental toughness, providing one specific approach to linking resilience and positive psychology to the world of work. The positive psychology movement, spearheaded by the seminal work of Seligman and Csikszentmihayli, offers perhaps the best framework to understand psychological well-being. The chapter discusses stress-related growth, which is known to occur following a period of reflection and contemplation and occurs through changes in views of the self, such as greater self-acceptance; increasing value of personal relationships; and changes in life philosophy, such as re-evaluating what really matters. It also explores how positive emotions such as joy and interest can create broader thinking that helps to build personal resources, and facilitate personal growth through positive or adaptive spirals of emotion.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Wiley Blackwell Handbook of the Psychology of Positivity and Strengths
Subtitle of host publicationBased Approaches at Work
EditorsLindsay Oades, Michael Steger, Antonella Delle Fave, Jonathan Passmore
PublisherWiley Online Library
Pages132-149
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781118977620
ISBN (Print)9781118977651
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Sep 2016
Externally publishedYes

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    Denovan, A., Crust, L., & Clough, P. J. (2016). Resilience at Work. In L. Oades, M. Steger, A. D. Fave, & J. Passmore (Eds.), The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of the Psychology of Positivity and Strengths: Based Approaches at Work (pp. 132-149). Wiley Online Library. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118977620.ch9