Characteristics of Resilient Individuals: The Four C’s of Resiliency

Resilient individuals have common characteristics that make them able to handle stressful situations and bounce back without serious long-term consequences. Resilient people are psychologically hardy – they keep things in perspective and maintain a sense of control in their lives. Salvatore Maddi, a well-known psychologist, characterized stress hardiness as a combination of three attitudes (a fourth attitude, Connection, was later added):

Commitment: Resilient people are curious, passionate and willing to get involved.

Challenge: Resilient individuals are open to change and accept risk.

Control: Resilient individuals have a sense of control in their lives. They realize that they always have control over their own response.

Connection: Resilient individuals care about others and can see beyond their own self-interest.