Learning from the past, and seeds of resilience.
//Resilience is defined as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress — such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems or workplace and financial stressors. It means “bouncing back” from difficult experiences, according to the American Psychological Association as stated in their guide, The Road to Resilience.
One of the steps on the road to resilience, as stated in the guide mentioned above, is learning from your past. We must examine the past to learn from it. In part, ProjectStraightInk.com provides information to help those who have had experiences in abusive and fraudulent treatment programs review the past and learn what happened, how and why these things were ever allowed to happen, and how and why survivors reacted as they did. In turn, survivors will discover what they have been through and decide how to use these insights in a positive manner in the future.
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Reasons to review the past
Another reason to review our past experiences in bogus treatment programs is to investigate how these programs were legally allowed to exist back then and how they continue to exist without suffering any legal consequences despite repeated complaints and probes into these businesses. (Straight, Inc. opened its doors for business September of 1976, by November of 1977 a formal inestigation was being conducted due to complaints, yet the continued to freely operate for decades before changing their name and opening new spin off programs–some of which are still in operation today.)
Even if no one figures out how to prevent these harmful businesses from hanging their shingles, at the very least, we hope to educate the parents of today and of the future about the dangers of entrusting your child to a program without first researching its background history and credentials.
Yet another aim of this site is to be a resource of information that may help survivors move beyond understanding their past experiences to cultivate that knowledge into new strengths and insights.
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Sheryl Sandberg’s, (Facebook COO) speaks about resilience in her 2016 commencement speech to UC Berkeley
“The seeds of resilience are planted in the way we process the negative events of our lives.” ~Sheryl Sandberg
“You are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It’s a muscle. You can build it up, and then draw on it when you need it. In that process, you figure out who you really are and you just might become the very best version of yourself.” ~Sheryl Sandberg
More Resources on Resilience:
The American Psychological Association has several resources about resilience at this link.
Psychology Today Magazine also carries several articles about resilience.
Here is a great example of a survivor resilience: Laura Faehner Reed’s story.
Do you have a story of resilience?
What are you grateful for?
Please let us read it in the comments below.