"Existential Risk: From Resilience to Antifragility"
- Cascading global crises pose serious threats to the human psyche. To learn more about our ability to respond to such crises, I examined global data in light of pre-, peri-, and post-disaster risk factors known to contribute to post-disaster mental illness. Findings reveal one-third of the global population is vulnerable to developing psychopathology in confrontation with cascading global crises. Although research indicates that most people recover from disasters, our capacity for resilience is known to be compromised by numerous factors, specifically those arising in tandem with cascading global challenges. To address this area of psychological risk, an expansion of our spectrum of wellbeing, from resilience to antifragility is proposed. Antifragility is postulated to be an inherent evolutionary capacity supported by research in post-traumatic growth. The emergent ‘antifragile mindset’ is presented as a theoretical framework within which we might navigate the mental health implications arising from cascading global crises, however further investigation is required, particularly into how diverse cultural context can shape and enhance our understanding.
|Type of resource
|September 14, 2023
|September 14, 2023; September 14, 2023
|cascading global crises
|global mental health
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- Klisanin, D. (2023). "Existential Risk: From Resilience to Antifragility" in Intersections, Reinforcements, Cascades: Proceedings of the 2023 Stanford Existential Risks Conference. The Stanford Existential Risks Initiative. Stanford Digital Repository. Available at https://purl.stanford.edu/dg438cb5918. https://doi.org/10.25740/dg438cb5918.
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