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Building Resilience

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今年十二月上旬,教學中心(CLT) 邀請了「騁志發展基金」的創辦人葉少康先生為青年學院(天水圍) (YC/TSW) 的導師舉辦了一場名為「建立抗逆力」的講座。

The Centre for Learning and Teaching has invited Mr. Nelson Yip Siu-hong, recipient of the Medal of Honor and Founder of Unleash Foundation, to present a topic on “Building Resilience” to colleagues of Youth College (Tin Shui Wai) in early December 2013.


To motivate the participants to face adversity, Mr. Yip shared his life story with the audience and described how he overcame difficulties and challenges to move forward in life, despite his dependence on a pair of crutches to move around. Nelson spent his childhood in a wheelchair and was expected to have a short and miserable life. Nevertheless, he has obtained sound academic qualifications and splendid athletic achievements through perseverance and receiving mental and physical training.  He finally became the first qualified rider to represent Hong Kong in the Paralympic Equestrian Games in 2008, and was awarded the Medal of Honour from the Government of the HKSAR for his contribution in promoting sports for disabled athletes.

葉先生分享了如何應用「心流」(Flow) ]理論。即使一個人想在同一時間作出多項決定,我們的大腦也只能處理有限的信息。因此,我們需要定出哪樣事情要先處理。人的表現,全賴於心靈的狀態。過大的壓力會影響表現。葉先生以「心流」理論說明他如何在運動上取得成功。在Flow: The psychology of optimal experience 書中,所謂「心流」理論是:

According to Nelson’s sharing of the application of “Flow”, he mentioned that our mind can only attend to certain amount of information at a time even if we have to make decision on several tasks at the same time. We have to decide what we want to focus on. Our performance will depend on the state of our mind. Too much pressure always causes impact on one’s performance. Nelson employed the concept of “flow” to explain his success in athletic performance. The state of flow is explained in the book “Flow: The psychology of optimal experience”:

一種全情投入至忘我的境界;它會使人樂在其中,並會不在乎付出多少也要完成某活動為止。(Csikszentmihalyi, 1990, p. 4).

“The state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience itself is so enjoyable that people will do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it” (Csikszentmihalyi, 1990, p. 4).




When one is in the state of flow, he or she is completely occupied by the task at hand without having conscious awareness of all other things, such as time, people, distractions, and even basic physical needs. The theory of flow not only can boost one’s performance but also help one adapt stressful condition and build resilience.


Building resilience is really a life long journey. Nelson proposed the following four important ways to achieve it:

  1. 面對挑戰
  2. 歸因訓練
  3. 心靈調控
  4. 自我輔導


  1. Facing the Challenge
  2. Attribution training
  3. Mind regulation
  4. Self-coaching



As Nelson’s talk was inspiring with rich contents, please click the video below to know more about his talk:

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Csikszenthihalyi, M. (1990). Flow: The psychology of optimal experience. NY: Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc.