Professor Antonia Bifulco is a psychologist and researcher at Middlesex University in London. Her main area of interest has been in “lifespan” psychology – how people’s early life experiences affect them later in life.
During research at “Centre for abuse and trauma studies”, she has seen how a bad childhood experience can link to other things that happen later in life. But Professor Bifulco has also been surprised how many people go onto be very resilient and don’t go on to develop things such as clinical disorders. People may get into difficult settings but equally there are change points that can happen anytime along the way.
Professor Bifulco describes this, and more in our resent podcast. She explores the down side of resilience and its negative attributes…. suggesting that resilience is not cuddly!!
Although there has been a huge amount of media coverage about anxiety in recent year, Professor Bifulco sees anxiety as a problem that has always been an issue. The trouble is, is that there are so many forms of anxiety that people are less tuned into what it looks like. We also gain insight into how to start tackling stress so that stress starts to unravel in a good way.
The big issue has always been – how do you measure resilience? The avoidance of clinical disorders is one measure…. but there are many other factors that can increase such as emotional regulation and self esteem. So Professor Bifulco has developed an assessment tool “CLEAR” around resilience. Its an online tool that builds up a calendar of life events personalised to you.
Find out more about her work have a look at her website www.clearaboutstress.net or contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you liked this …. you may be interested in our podcast with Dr Michael Pluess who looks at resilience and the benefits of sensitivity