Model, actress, advocate, and double-amputee, Aimee Mullins has some extraordinary insights on "disabilities", the fallacy of "normalcy", and the "opportunity of adversity"
Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Yet from these experiences, Frankl teaches us that although we cannot avoid suffering, we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.
Andre Agassi: Open /// Alonzo Mourning: Resilience /// Robert Schimmel: Cancer on five dollars a day (chemo not included): how humor got me through the toughest journey of my life. /// Worth the Wait: Ben Comen, the slowest high school cross-country runner in America. /// Faith the Two-Legged Wonder Dog
Chilean Miners (2012) (film trailer, youtube) from Ana Margarita Olivos G / Alive: The Andes Accident (1972): from Ana Margarita Olivos G / Nick Vujicic - No arms, No legs, No worries! (youtube) from Sarah Chang / Non-verbal girl with Autism speaks through her computer 20/20 ABC News from Sarah Chang / Hugh Herr, director of the Biomechatronics group at MIT’s Media Lab, lost both legs in a mountain climbing accident. He began to invent bionic limbs, became again an elite mountain climber, and also went on to college, etc ... (CNN) / Ann Purdy lost both her legs below the knee at the age of 19, but became a snowboard champion.
Related resilience research:Ioan Fazey: Adaptive Capacity of Individuals
Grotberg, E H. Countering Depression with the Five Building Blocks of Resilience CounteringDepression-5ResilienceBuildingBlocks.pdf
Rosenthal, Norman E. The gift of adversity: The unexpected benefits of life's difficulties, setbacks, and imperfections. Penguin, 2013.
Wang, Jing "Resilience" rom the PhD Dissertation A Study Of The Adjustment Of International Graduate Students At American Universities, Including Both Resilience Characteristics and Traditional Background Factors. pages 23‐30 Wang(2003)Resilience_PhDissertation.pdf (2003)