Do you have the type of personality that survives natural disasters and terrorist attacks?

Oliver Burkeman’s Help! How to be slightly happier and get a bit more done sums up some of the findings from Amanda Ripley’s The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes – and Why:

It’s largely a matter of beliefs: survivors are those who think they have some control over external circumstances, and who see how even a negative experience might lead to growth. Overconfident people, who overestimate their powers, do particularly well.

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