A first rate madness (Uncovering the link between leadership and mental illness) by Nassir Ghaemi
Resilience isn’t something one is born with; it grows out of an interaction between factors that promote it ( like hyperthymic personality) and harmful life events – producing a good outcome in the end.
In psychology research, two lines of evidence support this notion.
First, when people experience harmful events, some are injured psychologically, but others are not. Second, sometimes people even get stronger after such events, a “steeling” effect that protects them against future stresses.
Resilience is the mind’s vaccine. Resilience develops when, under certain circumstances, we experience harmful events, we survive, and then prosper.
Nietzsche famously pointed out that what does not kill you makes you stronger.
Resilience grows out of exposure to, not complete avoidance of, risk. Nietzsche once said truth is a mobile army of metaphors.
Fanaticism consists of redoubling your efforts after losing sight of your goals.