Al Siebert Quotes

Lawrence Albert "Al" Siebert, (January 21, 1934 - June 25, 2009) was an American author and educator. A native of Oregon, he was best known for his research on psychological resilience and the inner nature of highly resilient survivors. He taught at Portland State University in Portland for more than 40 years

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Al Siebert


“When you have a person who walks into a cocktail party, and within five minutes everybody knows they are a survivor of 9-11 - that's not a good sign, ... The person with strong resilience accepts the trauma as part of their life_but it is just a part of their life. They have a life, a self, that goes beyond that trauma.”

Al Siebert


Highly resilient people are flexible, adapt to new circumstances quickly, and thrive in constant change. Most important, they expect to bounce back and feel confident that they will. They have a knack for creating good luck out of circumstances that many others see as bad luck.

Al Siebert


Your mind and habits will create either barriers or bridges to a better future.

Al Siebert


Ask yourself: If I can't avoid it, change it, or make it go away, what if I changed my response to it? What if I decided to stop letting it bother me?

Al Siebert


“It was the most playful, spontaneous act I think I have ever seen from an adult,”

Al Siebert