Q. If some people are inherently more able to bounce back from stress, can those traits be acquired by others, or is this just an ability people possess at birth?
Answer By: Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D.
Alfred E. Mirsky Professor
Head, Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology
The Rockefeller University
Resilience is an active process that helps one achieve positive outcomes in the face of adversity. Resilience is not a trait at birth but a foundational capacity of an individual. This capacity is built by positive factors in early life involving a nurturing and positive upbringing that fosters the development of healthy brain architecture and good self-regulatory skills.