Psychology Definitions: Coherence
Coherence literally means holding or sticking together. In psychology, coherence refers to a system, a belief, or view that the parts fit together in a perfect whole. Coherent beliefs flow smoothly without conflict or contradiction.
Daniel Siegel holds that a coherent narrative is an essential aspect of integrating past experiences into a healthy present.
A central component of psychological wellness is a person’s sense of coherence. Our sense of life coherence is a measure of a pervasive, enduring though dynamic, feeling of confidence that one’s environment is predictable and kind.
Coherence creates safety. When tragic life events strike, shattering our sense of a kind and predictable environment, we suffer.
Transitional periods--leaving home, changing jobs, divorce--often disrupt coherence. Once we reestablish coherence we often experience profound peace. Coherence is a also a key component of resilience.
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