'I put myself in standby mode': what makes a survivor?

A resilience research centre is investigating why some people recover from adversity, while others crumble.

Standing in a cold cell in a former East German secret police prison, Gilbert Furian explains how he approached his imprisonment here in 1985. “I tried to numb myself,” he says. “ thought that if I reacted the way my heart wanted to, I would go crazy. So I put myself in a kind of standby mode.”

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