Psychological Body Armor: The Neuroscience of Resilience
Physical body armor is standard issue, Psychological Body Armor (TM) should be as well. LEOs are far more likely to to have a psychological injury interfere with or even end their career or marriage compared to a physical injury. Resilience from injury is a critical survival skill. Recent findings from Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions reveal human resilience to consist of three factors, not merely one. Resilience has typically been thought of as the ability to bounce back from adversity. However, it seems two other critical aspects of resilience have been overlooked: stress immunity and growth in the wake of adversity. This presentation discusses, not just the psychology of these three factors of resilience, but the neuroscience as well. Cutting edge science suggests that one can change the structure and function of the human brain to make it more resilient.
- Define psychological body armor.
- Describe the neurological bases for developing a stress-resistant brain.
- Practice three techniques to build a stress-resistant brain.