This week I learned that in 2016 the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) mandated resilience training for pilots in response to the German Wings crash. I would love to learn more about this type of training, in that I had always thought resilience was a natural tendency. Either you were, or you weren't. However, it makes sense that we could teach resilience as that the process could be similar to teaching people how to deal appropriately with stress.
Gitte Furdal Damm, pilot and human factors expert wrote an interesting article on resilience. She states...
"Resilience is a psychological term that came about in the 1970s. Psychologists working with dysfunctional families found that siblings are able to develop differently despite coming from the same background with identical conditions. While one of the siblings would follow the pattern of their parents, the other would somehow break the pattern and create a better life. This sibling would be what is called resilient.
Though it seems that there are different ways of defining resilience, my approach to resilience development is based upon this definition: “Showing the ability to successfully navigate high levels of challenge and change, and to bounce back after stressful or traumatic events.”
After many years of talking about stress management, resilience might be the new term used for pilots to cope in an industry that is changing more rapidly than ever before. Resilience implies being prepared not only for what you are trained but also for unexpected (black swan) events. We don´t really know exactly how we will respond or, in other words, how resilient we are, until it happens. Research actually shows that people are more resilient than they think when faced with adversity."
How Resilient are You?
Do you think resiliency is an necessary skill for a pilot? Perhaps in our current world anyone who could learn to be more resilient would benefit.
To read Gitte's complete article click the following link:
Enjoy the Journey!