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Resilience and Personality – (Open access research paper)

How does resilience and our personality traits interact? When does resilience become protective, and how can it influence personality development over time?

We explore these questions in a new original research paper titled “Defining Protective Resilience – The 85% Threshold for Personality Development and Mental Health Risk Reduction” from Driven. This large-scale study, involving 2,044 participants, explores the relationship between resilience measured by the Predictive 6 Factor Resilience Scale (PR6), and the Big Five personality traits measured with the IPIP-NEO-120 scale, including 30 personality sub-factors.

WRD Comment:

The following research produced by Driven is worth the read. However, we here at WRD do note that ‘language’ shift is in play in this reporting and wanted to preface your read with the following perspective, to take or leave.

Personality and Character, it appears, have become interchangeable terms, whereas in traditional language they are nuanced differently.

Your personality is more defined as the who you are beyond ‘task and title’. In traditional terms it refers to your mannerism, tastes, styles, propensities and predispositions – these are more innate and ‘hardwired’, so to speak, from birth and more automatic in manifestation.

Whereas character was traditionally more to do with the how you are. This is much more environmentally and intentionally informed. It is more about our conduct, behaviour, your vision, values, along with your moral (or otherwise) penchants or proclivities. These are the factors that can be much more readily modified – and it is the development of these character ‘traits’ that enable you to modify the potentially unhelpful manifestations of your personality. Not just repressing, but recalibrating.

You can see how the blending of the two terms is easy, but we believe it is more helpful for successful engagement with the data to understand the distinctions.

Of course, a good resiliency script weaves in good behavioural practices based on tried and tested ethical and/or moral frameworks that don’t simply prohibit some conducts, but more, help people discover best practices for health, safety and well-being – and not just for the individual, but for their collective spaces.

Whilst this reframing of terms does not really diminish some of the findings, to the uninformed it potentially can limit access to or understanding, for example, of the role of tradition western values and morality components as potential key tools in building resilience for the individual and their communities.

Read, learn and apply.

Dalgarno Institute & WRD

For complete Research click Driven PR6 Research (

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