What Personality Traits Help with Successful Outcome After TBI?

I think there's a certain amount of tenacity they need to--you need to persevere. I think you need to be open to knowing what your challenges are and then compensating for them. You know--you don't wear a sign that I have a brain injury, but I think you need to be aware. Like Trisha, when she came to see me to do that study, she brought a notebook, and she was taking notes. So she knew what she needed to do in order to compensate and function. She wasn't ashamed of taking out her notebook. She wasn't ashamed to say to me, "You're talking too fast. Slow down. I can't take it all in." So, being--having that degree of awareness that she could basically manage the flow of information and control the flow, so to speak, was amazingly wonderful. And I think that had to do with her willingness, and--I don't call it adjustment; I call it reconciliation. I think it's the same thing that we talk about with Nelson Mandela. That we have to reconcile who we are versus who we were and feel comfortable in our new skin so that we can move on.

Tenacity, acceptance, learning compensatory strategies ... what will work best for you?

Wayne Gordon

Wayne Gordon, PhD, ABPP/Cn, is the Jack Nash Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and associate director of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is a neuropsychologist and the director of the Mount Sinai Brain Injury Research Center.

Posted on BrainLine March 15, 2011

Produced by Noel Gunther, Ashley Gilleland, Victoria Tilney McDonough, and Brian King.

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