Psychological and Emotional Capital
BY: T. Franklin Murphy | September 30, 2021
Building Psychological and emotional resources to keep going when life overwhelms
We hear it all the time. Motivational and inspirational gurus charge our souls, spark hope, and boost self-determination. They often speak of an "inner strength" living inside available for that extra push when discouragement descends and depresses. Is there a hidden reservoir power buried in our psyche that raises to challenges, giving a supporting hand when life outmatches our capabilities? Or, perhaps, a spark of divinity that rescues the defeated soul?
Many have succeeded when loud clamoring fears screamed they could not. These successes stand as a witness for the existence of an inner strength—a power to stand against the wind, and survive the storm. I believe inner strength exists, not as a mysterious power, but as a pool of resources, carefully developed and stored that we can draw upon during extreme moments, requiring more than ordinary response.
Inner strength is the pool of personal resources readily available during challenging moments.
Psychology and Inner Strength
For psychology to continue to claim itself as a branch of science, the field must not draw upon vague and mystical definitions. Science demands universal acceptance of definitions. In the case of inner strength, psychologists use the term to refer loosely to a wide range of mental and emotional resources, such as: regulating behaviors, valuable skills and motivating attitudes). Inner strength, according to psychologists, then, is a compilation of behaviors, proficiencies, and thoughts that keep us stable enough to adapt to the taxing demands of life.
"No matter what kind of challenges or difficulties or painful situations you go through in your life, we all have something deep within us that we can reach down and find the inner strength to get through them."