Resilience in politics: Thinking right helps!

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After elections there is always a lot of discussion about guilt, failure and various problems in forming a government. Accurate thinking and resilience are in demand from our politicians. Resilience in politics: Thinking right helps! fdp

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Dr. Denis Mourlane 98Dr. Denis Mourlane is a psychotherapist and one of Europe's leading experts in economic resilience.


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Optimism is not the solution to all problems

"Causal analyzes" are unlikely to help those who failed in a poll, and that's obvious to the outside observer. Because both optimism and pessimism do not help. Why?

The reasons: In both over-optimism and pessimism, they probably would not properly analyze the reasons for their failure, so they would not think accurately. Neither the optimist nor the pessimist would be successful in the future. Optimism does not seem to be able to solve all problems, even if it is repeatedly claimed by consultants.

Accurate Thinking: Analyze the reasons aptly

When working on your own resilience and when dealing with setbacks, it is never about learning to think positive (the half full glass of water) but to learn to think "accurate" thinking, so the reasons for setbacks aptly analyze and then draw the appropriate right conclusions.

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In the case of an election result, this could be equivalent to

  1. the politicians have recognized the warning signals of the past elections at country level too late,
  2. that they have too little shown their success so far,
  3. or that they have less-convincing leadership skills.


These three reasons for the setback would correspond to an "I" - "not always" - "not all" style, as this would be the reason for the setback but at the same time due to specific and future changeable factors ,

This is also the style that is often found in highly-resilient people and allows them to develop a realistic self-image and both private and professional success.

Strengthened from setbacks

The future will show how resilient our politicians are, and whether they are strengthened by this setback. Both will in all cases depend crucially on their ability to think as a group accurately and thus to draw the right conclusions. This applies to all parties, the CDU, CSU, as well as the Greens, as well as the SPD.

However, if one currently reads in the various forums, in which many supporters of this or that parties "process" their frustration, one must already ask themselves the question, if they will indeed rise like the famous Phoenix from the ashes.

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Impotence and stomach problems

Statements such as "voters are simply too stupid to want this or that party in the Bundestag" or "people just do not want freedom and want to be regulated" are the last very common "why-style": the "non- I "-" Always "-" everything "style.

This leads to a real frustration, a feeling of powerlessness, to permanent anger and worst case of acute stomach problems.

And what is your "why style"?

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  4. Katharina Daniels

    The concept of resilience is originally derived from physics, as the ability of a substance to return to its original state after the deformation (more resilient ones spring back). In humans, it is also called "standing man". Resiliency is also more than a stress management related to the current situation; it is a basic principle which leaves its autonomy to action. Also in extremely stressful situations.

    The APA (American Psychologists Association) speaks of four factors: in the field of occupational research, one assumes that there are seven factors that characterize resilience. A very essential feature of resilience is, however, the feeling stability. I want to be able to classify when I can do something as an individual in this situation (internal control, I can do it, no matter which forces are opposed to it) or whether I am exposed to the other, external influences, etc. (external control conviction , "Since I can not do anything") - both attitudes can be appropriate or fundamentally depending on the situation.

    To internalize this adequately adequate behavior in the deep sense marks a great inner maturity. In the case of the FDP (but also good to observe at other parties), the assignments often get mixed up here. Willingly chosen the victim role, where their own behavior was the cause. Which does not mean that there are not situations that I simply can not change as an individual, as a group at this moment. To recognize this, then has nothing to do with "victim" but with the deep insight into the feasible or the inconceivable.

    In my opinion, the FDP has made its really big mistake some years ago; as it was from the image of the party for the academic middle-class, the party of a certain layer of education, in which the topic was already hidden, with the beer-cap tax on the table. This, on the contrary, the beginning of the decline, was the first furious-looking move and the consequent short elevation. At that moment, this party began to lose its identity. And thus also their autonomy, events, which now developed out of a dynamic, can still be adequately classified.

    • Simone Janson

      Thanks for this great and as always well-founded comment. To be able to classify when I can change something as an individual of a situation and when I prefer to spend my energies on something else, I actually consider one of the basic success recipes. However, is not it really easy - any ideas on how to improve this ability?

      • Katharina Daniels

        @Simone Janson: Improve the ability to arrange situations adequately? Now, when we go into this subject, we are already entering the philosophical. "You can not teach a man anything; you can only help him find it in himself," said Galileo Galileo.

        With this we are already at the decisive point here of the "self". Commonly, man says, I do something, I think in this way. His "me" seems to him something natural with which he identifies himself. But what is the "me"? Are not there maybe many, different selves in us? Plato, for example, spoke of the layered model of the soul, Carl-Gustav Jung of subpersonalities, Fritz Perls, the founder of the getaltherapy, understands the "self" as a comprehensive process in which many ego are hidden.

        Mihaly Czykszentmihaly, one of the most important voices on self-management, describes the highest level, the third level of self-management as the one in which the individual assesses situations and the need for behavior to these situations. This can only be done with a self that is greater than the ego or our ego.

        The ego often leads us back to an already familiar path, to a pattern of behavior, I always do it that way, the world is just, you can not change it, etc. pp. To reach the self is a question of truly contemplative deepening; there are no best practice models. It means watching oneself over and over, reacting to certain situations, gaining a constructive distance from the often pattern-like self.

        This is possible, among other things, with meditation, but it means, above all, to place oneself on the test bench again and again, to let the highest mindfulness work: to let a situation take effect (something that anger us) before I spontaneously react. Mindfulness is infinitely more than just attention, it sucks up a lot of accompanying moments that may not be visible at the moment.

        Well, maybe in the end again a very practical tip: The human usually makes the biggest mistakes where he reacts too directly to something annoying, someone writes me, for example, in a Mail Unmissable. And I write back very angry immediately. I can only say that from my own experience. Let 24 sink hours - exactly contrary to the 24 / 7 principle, in which everything should immediately react to everything.

        • Simone Janson

          Thanks for the quick, profound response!

  5. Benjamin Wagener

    Can it be that the last-described style is quite common? At any rate, I think I can perceive it very often, especially on social networks. The number of those who complain constantly, that all are so corrupt and you can not defend yourself as a "simple citizen", seems to predominate. So much so, one can argue against it, that citizens could well make massive changes if they just organized themselves and cited clear figures, such as that less than 3% of the population currently in power in our country However, these people continue to seek excuses why there are others who are blamed for whatever disturbs them. I'm really trying to be as constructive and differentiating as possible, but this constant negativism makes me slowly doubt more and more often in how it can really be different again, if you are constantly alone on the floor, because so many before their personal responsibility run away from it.

    • Simone Janson

      Hello Benjamin,
      thanks for this comment. One likes to tell the Germans that they prefer to see the glass half empty than half full. Not only in social networks but also as an entrepreneur confirms this view, unfortunately, constantly. Personally, I would like to be someone who goes forward and makes it easy - in contrast to others who prefer to criticize. However, as we have learned here, optimism is not the final solution ;-) In Ireland, incidentally, I just experienced that you can deal with the subject of crisis, for example, a little differently: - that would not happen in Germany in my opinion.

      • Benjamin Wagener

        I think the willingness to engage is here in Germany, among other things also so small, because one of all possible sides very quickly is considered a loser, if one does not immediately have something else for a success with his company, no matter in which area. On the contrary, the dogma of the loser, if one has failed, will be very difficult to get rid of. As an ALGII receiver you are immediately seen by many as just as parasites and Drückeberger, rather than as a person who is only temporarily dependent on support to be able to bring back his abilities at the next opportunity. And that goes through many other areas of our society. The culture of failure is not really well developed here. There is, in itself, a little more sense of values ​​like "Risen from ruins," instead of an eternal scream after a superficial "flowering in the glory of happiness." Please do not understand this as praise of the GDR! I really do not want to have that back. Only the willingness to tackle, to develop creative ideas on a small scale, and to make a virtue out of necessity was even more widespread, and that I somehow miss in today's society.

        • Simone Janson

          Hello Benjamin,
          As far as the 0 error culture and the fear of failure are concerned, I agree with you, this is not easy in Germany, especially for entrepreneurs - I've already written several times on this: / better-fail /

          As far as Hartz IV is concerned, however, I do not agree with you: I personally know a case in which someone could actually work on the basis of education and intelligence and also had enough possibilities to do so - but then rather Hartz IV refers to it because can not really decide. Besides, I believe from personal experience to personal success also a certain financial pressure is necessary, otherwise one does not develop at all the courage to certain things catch.
          The whole discussion about Hartz IV, I consider therefore a pretty ambiguous thing.

          • Benjamin Wagener

            I do not want to deny that there are such negative incidents. On the one hand, however, these are clearly in the lower number; on the other hand, on the other hand, a lump sumization over ALGII recipients is inappropriate. And this is all I am concerned about is that ALGII recipients are not flattered at all and no longer.

          • Simone Janson

            They are right, slurs do not help, and you put people too fast into the drawer.
            Times independent of Hartz IV, however, I believe that success is always a little pressure heard - such a statement is also handed down by Steve Jobs. However, the dosage may vary individually.

          • Benjamin Wagener

            I have to contradict the "always" unfortunately. Pressure can also be counterproductive if, for example, people with burnout syndrome are concerned. Pressure brings nothing at all people who really advertise everywhere and constantly receive only cancellations, because they are considered as too old or the like. You do not necessarily have to make it harder for these people than they need to. A certain pressure arises from the existence as an ALGII receiver anyway, because you can not really live comfortably with this income, which one should not really. Whereby the question arises again, how then so many ALGII and welfare recipients can accuse asocial and underexposed behavior, while it is already very difficult to participate properly with this income in the general social life.

          • Simone Janson

            This is what I mean with the right amount of pressure: I agree with you, overload is not good, but not a challenge, as every brain researcher will tell you: stress is something positive as long as it does not spill in distress.
            As far as the height of the ALGII is concerned, it is like to forget that usually also the rent is taken over. I know enough people who pay their rent from 10.000 Euro a year, but do not want to apply for a Hartz IV. Sorry, but that is not so.

          • Benjamin Wagener

            I have with ALGII including full hot rent less than 10.000 € in the year and by health restrictions above-average expenses. But, that's damn little. And if people do not use the help available to them, can not others do anything for it?

          • Simone Janson

            Health restrictions is a different point, then one is eg not fully workable and has possibly higher expenses, which should actually be covered by the health insurance.

            I am talking about people who are fully capable of working and still prefer to apply for Hartz IV. One can be glad that there is Hartz IV, but I would not regard it as given self-evident.

          • Benjamin Wagener

            In a social society, I regard such a system as self-evident. If this were not the case, crime would be much higher, poverty mortality would be much higher, and some would be more concerned with their livelihood to avoid starving or sleeping under a bridge, instead of fully concentrating on places to apply for or qualify for them.

            Nobody talks about the fact that something is to be given to someone, If there is an abuse, then it is clear that there is something to be done. But I can tell from my own experience and from what I am told by employees of the Labor Office that the bureaucracy is too much for the maintenance of livelihood and the cases described by them are clearly in the minority. These extreme cases are nothing more than the many honestly trying fellows, and are better remembered.

            But I can well imagine that if you figure out how much of the effort involved would put these extreme cases under pressure, including the damage that some people feel will be misplaced by this pressure and how much it would cost Just accepting cases that we would get out at plus-minus-zero or even have less spending. And at the same time, a lot of people in the Job Centers could really focus on job placement, which they all too often do today.

            I think a lot of people really have a vision that is completely out of harm's way, which allows ALGII recipients to live a life of their own.

            In addition, the question arises: Will we always have enough work to convey to all those who work, and not only in the masses, but also in the requirements of the working people. We are increasingly moving away from a manufacturing society to a focused economy. Although many people can work well in a steel mill, they are not so suitable for the service sector. Is it really right to force people into jobs that do not suit them at all?

          • Simone Janson

            I also do not question that there should be such a system, but the question arises as to how it can be financed. And I personally know a lot of cases, which have misused here.

            Anyway, now we are concerned with the position of unconditional basic income, which I am not quite convinced from the above. The question of whether there will be enough work for all in the future is justified. The question is whether it would not be enough to distribute the existing work and the money paid for it differently - for there is enough work. In fact, here we come to a completely different topic: How is the value of individual work done in our society - from the fact that some demand more than others, which is not necessarily more just. And why is work socially important at all? Because, thanks to the Protestant work ethic, it is both identity and life. Hence the stigmatization of non-working people. I've written something here:
            We will not be able to solve the immense social problems. But I find your patience, with which they differentiate all generalizations, remarkable. If everyone had such a discussion culture, the Internet would look really better.

  6. SimoneJanson

    After the elections in Germany & Austria 2 / 2: FDP - Accurat think helps

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