CHAPTER 4ARE SOME PEOPLE MORE RESILIENT THAN OTHERS?

It’s the million-dollar question isn’t it? Why do some people seem more able to deal with and overcome adversity, while others crumble?

Scientists have been studying this for years. Specifically, they have looked at the difference between ‘orchid’ children and ‘dandelion’ children. This is a metaphor developed by the Scandinavians. The general consensus behind it being that a ‘dandelion child’ can remain healthy and survive in harsh environments, but might remain average or unremarkable (like a weed). Orchids, on the other hand, require protection and shelter to thrive. However, under the right conditions and with nurturing, when an ‘orchid child’ fully blossoms he or she is extraordinary. ...

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