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As Part III on the important topic of RESILIENCE, I speak with the incredible Maria Ruberto – specialist in the neuroscience and deep psychology of human resilience. 

Her official definition: Advancing despite adversity. 

Love this. 

I find how our mind works so fascinating. Recent advances in neuroscience continue to help us more deeply understand this area and seem to favour the more innate and humanistic practices advocated for mental well-being, personal development, self-awareness and emotional intelligence. 

In fact, there is now a transformational model – the PR6 FACTOR – that outlines the six core domains underpinning human resilience… who knew!!

In this episode, Maria and I explore: 

  • what is it to be resilient;
  • how the mind works from a scientific standpoint;
  • how our mind, when left unchecked, can work against us;
  • how we automatically respond when faced with adversity;
  • how we can self-regulate in order to enhance our response & realities;
  • how big of an issue mental ‘ill-health’ (as the opposing side to resilience) is for us as a community; and
  • how resilience is something we can work on and build over time.

This podcast references Episode #104 ‘What is it to be resilient’, and connects with Episode #105 ‘Resilience in Family Relationships. I encourage you to listen to these prior to enjoying this one.  

Importantly, and as Maria suggests, be kind to yourself as you listen to this. If you feel these podcasts ‘trigger you’ or raise issues for you, we urge you to reach out and speak to a professional on any one of these related support lines: 

  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
  • Mensline: 1300 789 978
  • Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800
  • Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
  • Blue Knot Helpline: 1300 657 380 

Resilience is an immensely important topic – especially as farmers and valued participants in families and rural communities.


For those interested in deepening your ability in this area, please consider Maria’s training series: Resilience First Aid – click here to discover more! 


Thank you, Maria, for the work you do, for your commitment, and for your unwavering dedication to helping individuals, families, and teams be better – for themselves and each other. 


I so very much value your time and insights in this conversation. 


Be well, everyone and thank you! 




Hutch & Team

P.S. Discover more about the six domains of resilience – click here

P.P.S. Find out more about Maria Ruberto and her incredible work – click here


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