Scaffolding of support helps build resilience, studies find

How to Cultivate Emotional Stability (Even When Life Gets Crazy)

Emotional stability is a desirable trait. It means you can withstand difficult situations, handle adversity, and remain productive and capable throughout.

Some people get to a certain point in their lives when they realize that they are not as emotionally stable as they would like to be. If you get really angry at unfortunate times, fall into deep sadness, or find yourself so disgusted that you can’t participate in normal everyday things, then you might be one of those people who can benefit from an emotional overhaul.

To become emotionally stable, you must be willing to drive headlong in the opposite direction of becoming emotionally expressive, if only temporarily…


Scaffolding of support helps build resilience, studies find

buddy system
A US marine corps recruit training at Parris Island in South Carolina. One study found marines who failed basic training could pass when supported by a buddy system. Photograph: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images

“Alexander Hamilton. My name is Alexander Hamilton. And there’s a million things I haven’t done. But just you wait, just you wait.”

The smash hit musical Hamilton opened recently in London’s West End. A hip-hop rendition of the life of a founding father of the United States may not seem like an obvious starting point for a discussion about working life, but one of the key themes in the story is the extraordinary resilience of Hamilton as a person and as a leader.

From a small island in the Caribbean, born into poverty and orphaned at an early age, Hamilton, who is commemorated on the $10 bill, arrived into the fledgling US at 14 and rose to become first secretary of the treasury and architect of the nation’s financial system.

At a time when workplace stress and burnout seem to be at endemic levels, and the global economic, political and security environments feel…

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