Psychological Hardiness: The Key to Resilience Under Stress

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Date Dec 10, 2013
Time 02:00 PM EDT
Cost Free

Many of us just want to stay happy all the time. If stressful changes happen, we want to avoid them as much as possible, so that we can avoid emotional disruption. The trouble with this approach is that life is by its nature changing and stressful on an ongoing basis. Indeed, we live in changing times. There is ongoing technological advance, social and cultural changes fueled by greater worldwide interactions, to say nothing of developmental family and personal changes. With all this ongoing change, people who insist on being continually happy are risking being left behind in these changing times. A better approach would be to see stressful changes as possibilities for personal, familial, and societal growth, and take the steps necessary to learn from the stresses in a manner that increases your wisdom and involvement. This is what the personality pattern of hardiness is all about.

The hardy attitudes of commitment (staying involved, rather than pulling away), control (keep trying to have an effect on outcomes (rather than feeling powerless), and challenge (seeing life’s ongoing stresses as a way to grow) provide the courage and motivation do the hard work of turning stresses to advantage. This hard work requires the hardy strategies of problem-solving (rather than avoidance) coping, socially-supportive (rather than conflictful) interactions, and beneficial (rather than over-indulgent) self-care. There is considerable research evidence by now showing that approaching stresses with hardy attitudes and strategies leads to being able to turn the stresses to advantage, and make your life more productive and fulfilling. In this advantageous process, you feel the happiness that is justified by your effective functioning. Techniques for assessing your hardiness, and learning how to increase it are covered.


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