Coping with Challenges

Speculation and Education – An Overlooked Connection?


Overall, the percentage of Americans who were paying more than 40 percent of their income for debts like mortgages and credit card bills increased from about 17 percent in 1992 to 27 percent in 2008, but according to research done by Sherman Hanna, a professor of consumer sciences at Ohio State University, and his colleagues, it was those who were college-educated who were more likely than those with high school or less education to be above this 40 percent threshold – considered to be a risky amount of debt for most households (Hanna et al., 2016).

Coping with Challenges

Want to Get Better? Learn to Take a Risk

In speaking about the relationship between risk and mastery, Steven Kottler, the author of The Rise of Superman, quotes University of Cambridge, England neuropsychologist Barbara Sahakian, “If you are interested in mastery, you have to learn this lesson. To really achieve anything, you have to be able to tolerate and enjoy risk. It has to become a challenge to look forward to. In all fields, to make exceptional discoveries you need risk – you’re just never going to have a breakthrough without it” (Kottler, 2014).

Coping with Challenges

Broadening The Social Network

It is an innate response to reach out to others when we are in distress, and according to Emily Falk, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication, Psychology, and Marketing at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication and director of its Communication Neuroscience Lab, these social networks influence, and are influenced by, our brain networks.

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What, Again, Is Mental Toughness?

Not long after David Goggins released his memoir, Can’t Hurt Me, it became a National bestseller. Tracing his early childhood experiences of physical abuse, poverty, and prejudice, through his struggle with obesity and depression, the book tells the story of how Goggins used mental toughness to eventually become the only man in history to complete the elite Navy Seal, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Controller training programs.

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The Backwards Success Equation

In his brilliant book, Happiness at Work: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work, Shawn Achor, suggests that most people follow a formula that has been indoctrinated into them from parents, companies, and society itself. That is: If you work hard, you will become successful, and then you will be happy.


Setbacks and Why We Need Them

Setbacks force a fundamental collision of two realities: that which we would like to maintain (our subjective reality) and that which is actually occurring (the objective reality). According to psychologist Stephen Joseph, author of What Doesn’t Kill Us: The New Psychology of Posttraumatic Growth, a setback, or traumatic experience, causes a person’s life story to rupture and shatters assumptions about ourselves, others, and the world. Setbacks, by their very nature, violate our beliefs about the way things are supposed to happen. What results are two separate experiences that are in contradiction. On the one hand, we want to believe that the world is safe, people are trustworthy, and we are worthy, yet being rejected, losing a loved one, and being in an unexpected accident all contradict these beliefs (Joseph, 2011).