Resilience is called upon when we face tough situations. One of the ways to bounce back, to become stronger and flourish, is to create meaning from those nasty moments—death of a loved one or illness or harassment or loss of a job, identity, marriage, self-respect or home. . . or the hapless meanness of others.
The battle over sex differences reaps little comfort for both women and men. Both women and men can think mathematically, can nurture and can get the job done. Yet most nurses, child care workers, and caregivers of the elderly are female, while most truck drivers, engineers and world leaders are men. Of course there are exceptions and yet we socially, politically and economically want a better representation.