These 3 Harmful Personas Block Resilience

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Person’s hands holding a black face mask over a blurred orange and teal background.
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There’s a good reason why “Think happy thoughts” or “Just get over it” doesn’t work for some types of of trauma, like moral injury and other forms of adversity.

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Weltschmerz describes the gut punch we get from realizing that the world keeps falling short of our expectations. What this means for your mental health.

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Portrait of a woman leaning on the window at blue hour.
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How to cultivate moral resilience instead

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Some things are just sad

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While the terms “panic attack” and “anxiety attack” are used interchangeably, they’re not the same. Here’s what you need to know about each.

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Person in a dark background with a cobalt blue light on their face, looking despondently at the camera.
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The everyday magic of noticing in a society consumed by distraction and productivity.

Maurice Sendak’s classic illustration: “Everyone should be quiet near a little stream and listen” from the children’s book Open House for Butterflies by Ruth Krauss.
Maurice Sendak’s classic illustration: “Everyone should be quiet near a little stream and listen” from the children’s book Open House for Butterflies by Ruth Krauss.
Illustration by Maurice Sendak in Open House for Butterflies by Ruth Krauss.


Turns out humans are designed for it through the “diver’s reflex”.

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Woman in a bathing suit swimming in the ocean, about to push through to the surface. Light is pouring in.
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Surprising ways the ‘yuck factor’ affects our brains

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11 Things to do — and NOT do — to ensure that your relationship lasts when loss or adversity strikes.

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Michele DeMarco

Award-winning writer, therapist, clinical ethicist, and researcher specializing in moral injury. I talk about the stuff many won’t. micheledemarco.com

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