WHAT IS ANTIFRAGILITY?
Antifragile people develop a mental and emotional capacity that allows them to adapt with ease during adversity, growing in strength under pressure like the immune system or muscular development. In some ways anti-fragility is closely related to the concept of resilience. However, resilience in individuals is the ability to bounce back from adversity, whereas anti-fragility is the ability to bounce back from adversity stronger than before. It helps to think of it like this – a fine wine glass is fragile, if you drop it on the ground it will break. However, a plastic cup, if dropped on the ground may bend or flex on impact but will immediately bounce back into its original form or shape. In this case the resilient cup has not been damaged by adversity nor has it developed a greater capacity to deal with adversity. Antifragile people grow in strength under pressure in the same way our muscles develop.
As you may have experienced, challenges can ‘make or break’ us and they are valuable for shaping and strengthening character. The camp environment creates opportunities for students to challenge themselves within a safe and supportive environment so that they can grow. Throughout our lives we are all subject to suffering to some degree and it is our choice what we do with that suffering. The Thrive approach endeavours to equip students to be able to grow from difficult situations in order to thrive.
“Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better.” – Nassim Taleb