Reflections on resilience

In these COVID-19 agitated times the term resilience has gained widespread resonance in scientific texts and in the media. This widely used analogy in the psychological lexicon was borrowed from metallurgy (a metallic beam under stress returns to normal in a short period of time when the stressor is removed). It reflects, in hindsight, a conception of the world based on competition. But, as cooperation is another powerful force driving human evolution, it must be reconsidered and improved. Using this frame, the resilience concept is narrow and functional, so it should be more critically used, especially in the psychological domain.