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Psychology Hardiness

Psychology Hardiness

Hardiness is a personality trait that is correlated with an individual’s potential to supervise and respond to stressful circumstances with coping strategies. It will help to turn assuredly unfortunate circumstances into learning opportunities. 

Hardiness can be elaborated over time by emphasizing the need to help people generate better ways of dealing with stress. The development of hardiness can be reinforced by child-rearing practices outlined to help children see themselves and the world as captivating, worthy, and satisfying, thus averting them from viewing themselves and the world as tedious, meaningless, and infuriating. It also depends whether the interactions of children they had with their parents were encouraging, fulfilling, and accepting.

The 3Cs of Psychological Hardiness

Hardiness is a tripartite composition of the wisdom of control over different events, a feeling of commitment to numerous life situations, and accepting challenges in life to bring about a change. A hardy person is the one who looks at stressful events of life as an opportunity to learn something new, considers stressors as compliant, and analyzes difficulties as challenges.

Given below are three components of hardiness that build up motivation, confidence, and courage in a person so that he can work hard to build a positive future rather than focusing on a distressing past.

1. Commitment 

Commitment refers to the capacity to believe in reality and understand who one is and what one is doing. 

People with a sense of commitment have strong personalities. They possess a deep sense of commitment towards work, family, and interpersonal relationships. They don’t give up easily when encountering hurdles instead they have trust in the purpose of life and relationships.

2. Control

People having a great sense of control always prefer to put their efforts and energy into the matters that they believe to have control over rather than in those that are beyond their control. 

These kinds of people do not permit the uncertainty in life to cause anxiety and affect productivity instead convert them into manageable and beneficial experiences. 

3. Challenge

Challenge has been defined as the key to resilience. It is a unique perspective of perceiving everything as a challenge in difficult times. Generally, under adverse situations, people panic, worry, develop anxiety and stress, and feels threatened but challenging people to take it as a challenge towards growth, change, and development.  

Four Psychological Assets That Hardy People Have in Common

1. Interest

It means that one must be aroused about things that interest him the most. And the hardiest people have immense interest in what they love to do.

2. Practice

Practice allows hardy people to perform tasks that interest them better than they did yesterday. They focus on improving their skills and challenging themselves to exceed their skill level to mastery.

3. Purpose

Purpose and interest in any task go hand in hand because if there is no purpose then one may not be able to carry their interest further. Hardy people are aware of the purpose behind their decision and interest in a particular task.

4. Hope

Hope makes people realize their ultimate concern till the end. Hardiness fades out in a person when he is unable to get up after a fall, but when he gets up, hardiness prevails.

The Final Word

Hardiness brings success, flexible coping, and wellbeing. The outlook and managing approach of hardy individuals is stable with these traits. Individuals scoring high in hardiness are more likely to place stressful life events into the perspective of less threatening situations, more challenging, and opportunistic for personal development.  

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About The Author

Priyanka Ohri

Ms. Priyanka Ohri is a Human Developmentalist. She is pursuing a master's in Human development from SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai and sustains a graduation degree in home science with a specialization in Human development from Lady Irwin College, Delhi University. She is an empathetic listener and an articulate writer. Her work has been published online on-site Icy Tales and Icy Canada. She has also contributed to two e-magazines (aces magazine and damnfit magazine) by writing articles on topics, ‘why forgiving is gratifying’ and ‘how do we interact with each other’. She believes in imparting her knowledge on Human development subjects.

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