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Finding Happiness by Virginia Murphy-Berman

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CHAPTER 12

The Dream of Obstacles: The Cultivation of Psychological Hardiness

Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.

—Norman Vincent Peale

Abstract

In this chapter the concept of psychological hardiness is discussed. Psychological hardiness is an attitudinal perspective that enhances our ability to accomplish our goals. People who are psychologically hardy tend to view obstacles to goal achievement as challenges to be overcome not as insurmountable roadblocks; they make a firm commitment to the realization of their goals; and they perceive that they have effective control over the goal attainment process. Cultivating the attitudes of hardiness can contribute ...

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