The Resilient Mindset ModelTM
The Resilient Mindset ModelTM serves as a framework for understanding the brain in order to help people make mindfully resilient choices. Mindfulness is the focusing of attention and awareness. The idea behind the model is that by becoming consciously aware of what is happening in the brain, we are empowered to make more mindful, intentional choices. Created by an educator, Donna Volpitta, Ed.D., a neuroscientist, Princy Quadros Mennella, Ph.D. and a designer, Dian Wessels, this model uses four characters to illustrate different brain areas and functions:
The Resilient Mindset ModelTM has three main parts:
The Four Ss of Resilience
The way that we think about the four Ss found on the dragonfly’s wings (self, situation, supports, strategies) determines our response to any challenge, good, bad, big or small. Therefore, we can use those Four Ss as a framework to prepare for, handle, and reflect on any challenge. This use of that framework offers our brain a consistent map to support the formation of more resilient brain pathways.
The Four Characters of the Brain & REACTS
We think of decisions as good or bad. Our brain thinks of them as long term vs. short term.
The brain interprets physical threat and social threat in the same way, so REACTS is an acronym that outlines the social threats and rewards to the brain. When any one of those threats is present (respect, equity, alliances, control, territory, or similarity), the glowworm responds in the same way- switching control of the brain from the ant to the grasshopper for fight/flight mode.