Science behind WOOSH5

How does resilience contribute to your success in the 21st century?
Resilient people show on a number of dimensions in their experiences, perception and behavior agreements that make them perform better and overcome obstacles. This is how the research results from recent decades point to.

Resilience can be trained!
The more you challenge yourself to change and challenge yourself, the smoother and firmer you can deal with it. Resilience is like a muscle that you can strengthen, according to research.

Resilience is the Mindset and strength through which you successfully deal with challenging circumstances
How you deal with, for example, attention, connection, fear, self-confidence, stress, social capital, motives, is stored in your Mindset. For your head, heart and body chances and challenges are almost equal in terms of stress level what they create. Are you going to do this or out of the way? Where do you see your own influence and what do you accept on your life path? This has to do with - according to science - eight building blocks: your optimism, self-image, problem-solving ability, emotion management, empathy, life experience, personality and urge to innovate.

Professor Patrick Reinmoeller
He is the scientific pillar under WOOSH5. Over the past decades, various aspects of resilience have been researched internationally at, among others, entrepreneurs and managers. He has developed the questionnaire Resilience, directs the further investigation of the resulting results, provides WOOSH5 with up-to-date scientific insights around Resilience. Patrick wrote a Strategy White Paper about 'Resilience: Successful companies depend on employees mental fitness'. This can be downloaded here.

Scientific sources
WOOSH5 uses the research and insights of scientists in random order as:

Patrick Reinmoeller Heidi Grant Halvorsson
Martin E.P. Seligman Susan Cain
Barbara L. Fredrickson Ernst Bohlmeier
Roos Vonk Fred Luthans
Roy Baumeister Anna Fels





Life experience

Problem solving



  • The way you look at yourself, value yourself. Are you someone with self-confidence or rather someone who regularly doubts himself.

    You are shaped by your experiences from childhood. Have you grown up in a safe environment that stimulated you or in an anxious context? The way you deal with it and the results that it will help you deal with change and setbacks.

  • Personality affects when life challenges you. How you look at change and respond to change, how you handle new situations adequately and tackle issues, all are aspects that are important for resilience. When you do not realize how you react, you prevent yourself from taking new paths and you are in the way of your own improvement.

  • Some emotions make your life pleasant, others make it a hell. Anger or upset are, for example, his critical emotions: if you manage to manage it insufficiently, you run the risk of reacting in exciting situations. Managing your emotions is an important skill. However, you are not alone in the world, many difficult moments and situations in work and your life has to do with teams, friends and family. And so, in addition to understanding and controlling your own emotions, it is also important to be able to read and interpret emotions of others. This allows you to successfully influence the collective effort to tackle difficult situations.

  • The extent to which you have resources and methods that help you to deal with problems.

    People can read and understand helps you in many situations, both in work and in private. When you immerse yourself in the other, you already see the bridge.

    Experimenting and exploring are important verbs that make you learn to deal with uncertain and new situations. Learn to view curious and creative challenges.

  • Life experience is the sum of your experiences during your life. It helps you to understand how experiences influence (have) affected you, how they have tested you. Looking back on aspects that have made you who you are now help you to value your resilience in a good way and objectively.

  • Problem solving ability emphasizes how you are equipped to make good choices in challenging situations. Do you encourage yourself to understand the situation, analyze it and draw the right conclusions? It seems to be a logical recipe, which, however, often seems to be looking at exciting moments or in stressful situations in your life. Do you have the analytical tools immediately at hand or do you need to polish them?

  • By moving yourself in others you understand emotions of others. This leads to communication with your fellow man. Without empathy you talk past each other or differences of opinion arise. Empathy also supports a good 'reading', understanding or understanding of verbal and non-verbal communication messages from others. Empathy is not the same as altruism. Empathy is a feeling or experience that is automatically evoked, and can be a breeding ground for compassionate behavior, such as providing a helping hand in an emergency.

  • Due to challenges and problems, our work or private life threatens to derail because they are often the result of very uncertain and ambiguous developments. We can not interpret and solve these with only analytical and rational methods and approaches. We need new, creative ways to deal with them. Experimenting and exploring are often the right routes to learn forwards and to deal with these situations. Curiosity and creativity show that you love new and different, that you are resourceful. However, it is also the skills that further increase your resilience.