If some people are inherently more able to bounce back from stress, can those traits be acquired by others, or is this just an ability people possess at birth?

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Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on mental illness

Resilience is an active process that helps one achieve positive outcomes in the face of adversity. Resilience is not a trait at birth but a foundational capacity of an individual. This capacity is built by positive factors in early life involving a nurturing and positive upbringing that fosters the development of healthy brain architecture and good self-regulatory skills.

Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D.
Alfred E. Mirsky Professor, The Rockefeller University
1998 NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grant
2005 Goldman-Rakic Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Cognitive Neuroscience
Foundation Scientific Council Member