Resilience and self-efficacy: Yes, We Can!

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The belief in self-efficacy is one of the best studied human traits in psychology. But what does it mean exactly?

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Dr. Denis Mourlane 98Dr. Denis Mourlane is a psychotherapist and one of Europe's leading experts in economic resilience.


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Psychologically well researched

Does the person sitting across from us believe that they are in control of their own destiny and that through their own behavior they can change themselves and the things around them for the better? If so, that is self-efficacy belief.

The fact that the self-efficacy conviction is so well researched is due in particular to the fact that psychological research is once a disease-related research and we therapists know that the success of a therapy depends to a very great extent on this resilience factor

Yes but…

You have probably already had close contact with someone, a good friend, a partner, someone in your family who, for example, had difficulty coping with a separation or perhaps a termination. You then likely tried to understand the situation, gave the person tips and advice on what to do to make them feel better.

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In this connection, you may recall that the person kept replying to you: “Yes, you are right, but I simply cannot forget him / her”, or: “I cannot do this, I have no strength for it and besides, it doesn't do anything anyway Sense. "

Hopeless or lack of self-efficacy?

You probably gave up after a few, usually long, frustration, maybe you even gave up the contact with the person. It seemed to her no use.

What the person was missing was nothing more than a good self-efficacy, so the conviction that she can change something about her situation.

No sacrificial roll!

This factor is also important in two ways. First of all, of course, because highly resilient people have a firm conviction that can be expressed very well with the following sentence: "I am not a victim, but a creator of my world!"

They also rarely go into this victim's role as victims. This would paralyze them because they would then blame external factors beyond their control for making them feel emotionally ill.

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Always keep control!

What highly resilienated people gain with their self-efficacy is, besides a feeling of serenity in dealing with the adversities of life, a sense of control over themselves and the emotional state in which they are.

They are almost always convinced that they have the “book of their life” in their own hands.

All a question of attitude

The second reason why this factor is important concerns you as a reader of this book. Especially if you want to further develop your resilience.

As an attentive reader, you will not have missed the fact that a large number of the seven factors mentioned here are linked above all to our attitudes, attitudes and the perspectives that we occupy.

  • Am I able to find an attitude to a situation that makes me feel positive or that the situation is meaningful (emotion control)?
  • Am I someone who sees the glass of water half full or half empty, and I want to change that (Realistic Optimism)?
  • How strong is my willingness to take me once, to listen, to put myself in the skin of the other (empathy)?
  • Or how strong am I willing to end a discipline that I do not like so much, because I know that this will give me a good feeling and bring me closer to my goal (impulse control)?

Change the departed

We know from psychological and neurobiological research that people through continuous training can also change very deep-rooted attitudes and learn their whole life. The majority of the animals can not do this.

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Nothing else is described with the term "personality development". This path can be rocky and arduous, as these attitudes have often been established in our brains for decades in the form of neuronal structures.

On the highway of habit

There they form the term of the neurobiologist Prof. Dr. Gerald Hüther, heavily used and firmly concreted highways, which are automatically used when we encounter similar situations.

Sometimes, however, they also change very quickly, especially because the benefits of a new attitude were presented to us in a sudden and emotional manner. Things suddenly go much easier than before.

The Journey is the Goal

Only if you believe that you can change your own attitudes, so if you build up your own self-confidence, you will also confidently put aside the setbacks that you will inevitably face in developing your personal resilience.

In other words: already working on your own resilience will make you a more resilient person.

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  1. Cornelia

    However, self-efficacy is very limited today: Productivity and efficiency are becoming more and more important in our well-organized and fully automated working life, and people are left behind. A pity!

  2. Karin Meyerhofer

    Yes We Can is a great advertising slogan, nothing more.

  3. Eckhard Schölzel

    A little is suspicious of this kind of "everything under control": Dominate! A healthy self-efficacy does it simply, is free from doubts, based on grown self-confidence, she does not want to dominate: just do it! It is undoubtedly an important factor to grow in coming crises.
    Resilience becomes m. E. Properly put to the test when things really get out of hand! Real horror, panic! “What can I lean on now?” - “Stay cool! Don't let anything show! With my resilience quotient it doesn't work at all! ”- ??? Self-confidence, inner peace, real sovereignty - how do you get that?
    Self-efficacy conviction - that is, an increased knowledge of one's own strengths and abilities - then helps very much, shimmers almost from the background. Prussian self-control "pull yourself together!" Or "Be the one who needs it here" would rather be an endeavor to maintain a facade of resilience. With such impulses, we are no longer in the salutogenic but already in the psychopathological field: in the long run this results rather in a major collapse.

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