Author Archives: Brad

That is a quote from Bruce Lee. He was teaching his student to be formless, shapeless and adaptable. It is also a lesson in resilience. Every kid likes to throw stones in a pond to watch the splash and the … Continue reading

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Yesterday I spoke at a conference where the audience was fun, positive and energetic. You’d never guess that they are managers in an agency that is dealing with details of horrible trauma on a daily basis. And because they are … Continue reading

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Don’t learn about meditation, just starting doing it. People have told me that they want to read and educate themselves about meditation and the different types such as transcendental, mindfulness, guided visualization, Japa etc. It seems big and complicated. I … Continue reading

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I have read articles where the author said that PTSD is a normal reaction to trauma, or a normal reaction to an abnormal event.  But it’s not true.  Usually the people that say that are people that have suffered with … Continue reading

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Based on informal surveys that I have conducted, I’ve found that almost everyone has heard of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), but almost no-one has heard of PTG (Post Traumatic Growth).  This is surprising considering that PTG is much more … Continue reading

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What’s the difference and which is better? Resilience is the ability to adapt to significant adversity and trauma, to recover quickly, to bounce back.  Resilient individuals may have an acute stress reaction after going through a traumatic incident.  They may … Continue reading

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Yes, but why? I have studied research on the various resiliency factors, and the reasons why most of these factors increase resilience are pretty straight forward.  It makes sense at first blush that having a good support system in the … Continue reading

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It’s not that I don’t want to hear your comments.  I do.  The problem was that I would get about 50 spam comments for every legitimate comment.  So, if you’d like to comment on a blog post, or ask a … Continue reading

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I’ve always disagreed with the majority of the stress management literature that promotes avoidance of stressors.  Unfortunately in this world of uncertainty we cannot predict nor prevent many of the stressors we face, and furthermore we really don’t want to.  … Continue reading

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Mindfulness means focusing on the present moment.  People that live in the present moment handle stress and trauma better than those who dwell on the past or are preoccupied with the future.  If you feel anxiety or worry or shame, … Continue reading

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Dr. Linda Duxbury, a researcher and professor at the Sprott School of Business has conducted research on what causes the most stress in policing and found that it’s not much different from the private sector.  The majority of stress doesn’t … Continue reading

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A friend of mine started a website recently, “Watch Me Bounce, Inspiring Resilience Through Story”.  I met Rocky Reichman at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem while we both attended a course there about trauma and resilience.  I’d like to recommend … Continue reading

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There is no doubt that Steve Jobs was an outstanding business leader.  But what was it about him that made him great?  Was it his genius at tech development, his creativity, his vision, his knack for marketing?  Sure, it was … Continue reading

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Sometimes stress caused by betrayal or even feeling isolated and unsupported can be worse than the stress caused by traumatic events.   This may be surprising.  It seems counter-intuitive, but let me explain. What really made me consider this was when … Continue reading

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The concept of the “Open Door Policy” is good in theory and an improvement over times when leaders were not available and not approachable.  In many cases the concept has gone too far though, and many leaders now think they … Continue reading

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