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Apr 19, 2024

From minor setbacks to life-altering tragedies, a resilient mindset can help you navigate life’s inevitable challenges. Whether you’re a parent seeking to nurture resilience in your kids, a leader trying to build stronger, higher-performing teams, or you’d like to enhance your own capacity for resilience, tapping into the power of your mindset can have a transformative impact on those around you. 

As a clinical psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and former director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital, a private psychiatric hospital in the Boston area, Dr. Robert Brooks has lectured nationally and internationally and written extensively about topics such as resilience across our lifespans, parenting and family issues, motivation, and creating positive school and work environments. He is the author or co-author of 21 books, including “Raising Resilient Children,” “The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life,” and “Reflections on Mortality: Insights into Meaningful Living.” Dr. Brooks has also won numerous awards for his work, including, most recently, the Mental Health Humanitarian Award from William James College for his contributions as a clinician, educator, and author. In Episode 185 of The MINDset Game® podcast, Dr. Brooks shares the following insights: 

  • The power of acknowledging “islands of competence,” or areas of strength and beauty in others – particularly those who may be exhibiting difficult characteristics 
  • Why supportive, encouraging relationships are crucial for everyone – and particularly children – in developing resilience 
  • How cultivating a positive mindset and emotions, as well as practicing compassion for yourself and others, can help improve your relationships and empower those around you to achieve better results
  • Specific tips for parents and leaders seeking to help their kids and/or teams grow and flourish

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