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. pdfs

Here writes for you:


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 be of particular help to those who failed in an election, and this is obvious to the external 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 positive thinking (the half-full water glass) but about learning “accurate” thinking, that is, to analyze the reasons for setbacks appropriately and then to draw the appropriate 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, since one would look for the reason for the setback here, but at the same time would also be attributed to specific factors that can be changed in the future .

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 party “process” their frustration, one has to ask the question of whether they will actually rise from the ashes like the famous phoenix.

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Impotence and stomach problems

Statements like “voters are just too stupid to want this or that party in the Bundestag” or “people just don't 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 borrowed from physics, as the ability of a substance to spring back into its original state after being deformed (more resilient spring back). In humans it is also called “standing up man”. Resilience is also more than a stress management related to the current situation; it is a basic attitude that leaves action its autonomy. Even in extremely stressful situations.

    Which “pillars” belong to resilience is defined very differently, the APA (American Psychologists Association) speaks of four factors, in labor research one assumes seven factors that characterize resilience. A very essential characteristic of resilience, however, is undoubtedly the stability of feeling. That means being able to classify when I as an individual can turn something in this situation (internal belief in control, I can do it, no matter what forces may oppose it) or whether I am at the mercy of others, external influences, etc. (external belief in control , “I can't do anything about that”) - both attitudes can be appropriate or completely wrong depending on the situation.

    To internalize this situationally adequate behavior in the deep sense, marks a great inner maturity. In the case of the FDP (but also to be observed well in other parties), the assignments here often get mixed up. The victim role is often chosen where personal behavior was the cause. That doesn't mean that there aren't situations that I as an individual or as a group simply cannot change at this moment. Recognizing this then has nothing to do with “sacrifice” but with deep insight into what is feasible or what is not feasible.

    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 in a situation and when I would rather use my energies for something else, I actually consider one of the fundamental recipes for success. However, it's really not that simple - any ideas on how to improve this skill?

      • Katharina Daniels

        @Simone Janson: Improve the ability to adequately classify situations? Well, if we deal with this topic, we will get a little deeper into the philosophical. “You can't teach a person anything, you can only help him find it within himself,” said Galileo Galilei.

        This brings us to the crucial concept of “self”. Commonly, a person says, I am doing something, I think this way. His “I” seems to be something that he can take for granted and identify with. but what is the “I”? Aren't there perhaps many, different I's in us? Plato, for example, spoke of the layered model of the soul, Carl-Gustav Jung of sub-personalities, Fritz Perls, the founder of Getalttherapie, understands the “self” as a comprehensive process in which many I's 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 I often leads us back on a familiar path, on a behavior pattern, I always do it that way, that's the world, there is nothing you can do about it, etc. pp. Getting to the self is a matter of truly contemplative absorption; there are no best practice models. It means observing oneself again and again, one's reactions to certain situations, gaining a constructive distance from the I, who often act like a pattern.

        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 at the end a very practical tip: People usually make the biggest mistakes where they react too immediately to something annoying, someone writes me something unpleasant in an email, for example. And I immediately write back very angry. I can only say from my own experience. Let it sink in for 24 hours - exactly contrary to the 24/7 principle, in which everything should always be responded to immediately.

        • Simone Janson

          Thanks for the quick, profound response!

  5. Benjamin Wagener

    Could it be that the style just described is quite common? In any case, I think I can see it very often, especially on social networks. The number of those who constantly complain that everyone is so corrupt and that you cannot defend yourself as a “simple citizen” seems to outweigh the crowd. No matter how much one can argue against it, that the citizens could very well bring about massive changes if they would only organize themselves accordingly and provide clear figures, such as that less than 3% of the population is currently responsible for the creative power in our country most relevant parties are represented and yet these people are always looking for excuses why it is others who are to blame for whatever bothers them. I actually try very hard to be as constructive and differentiating as possible, but this constant negativism is slowly making me doubt more and more to what extent it can really be different again if one is constantly alone in the corridor because so many are facing their personal responsibility run away.

    • Simone Janson

      Hello Benjamin,
      thanks for this comment. People like to say that Germans would rather see the glass half empty than half full. Unfortunately, this point of view is constantly confirmed not only in social networks but also as an entrepreneur. I personally like to be someone who goes forward and just does things - in contrast to others who prefer to criticize. As we have learned here, however, optimism is not the final solution ;-) In Ireland, by the way, I just experienced that, for example, you can deal with the crisis issue a little differently: - in my opinion that would not happen in Germany.

      • Benjamin Wagener

        I think the willingness to get involved is so low here in Germany, among other things, because from all possible sides you are quickly seen as a loser if you don't immediately have something else for a success with your company, regardless of the area. On the contrary, the dogma of the loser, once you have failed, it is very difficult to get rid of it. As an ALGII recipient, you are immediately seen by many as a parasite and slacker, instead of someone who is only temporarily dependent on support in order to be able to use your skills again at the next opportunity. And that runs through many other areas of our society. The culture of failure is not really well developed here. You actually wish for a little more reflection on values ​​like “risen from the ruins” instead of an eternal scream for a superficial “blooming in the shine of happiness”. Please do not understand this as praising the GDR! I really don't want them back. Merely the willingness to lend a hand, to develop creative ideas on a small scale and to make a virtue out of necessity, was much more widespread and I somehow miss that in our society today.

        • Simone Janson

          Hello Benjamin,
          As far as the zero-error culture and the fear of failure are concerned, I agree with you, that is not easy for entrepreneurs in Germany in particular - I have already written several times about this: https: // series / better-fail /

          As far as Hartz IV is concerned, however, I do not agree with you: For example, I personally know of a case in which someone who could actually work on the basis of education and intelligence and would also have enough opportunities to do so - but who would rather refer to Hartz IV because he was concerned can't really decide. In addition, I believe from my own experience that a certain financial pressure is necessary for personal success, otherwise you don't even develop the courage to start certain things.
          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.
            Regardless of Hartz IV, however, I believe that success always requires a little pressure - that's a statement that comes from Steve Jobs. But here too, the dose may vary from person to person.

          • Benjamin Wagener

            Unfortunately, I have to disagree with “always”. Pressure can also be counterproductive when it comes to people with burnout syndrome, for example. Pressure does not help at all for people who apply everywhere and who constantly only receive rejections, for example because they are viewed as too old or the like. You don't necessarily have to make it harder for these people than necessary. A certain pressure arises from the existence as an ALGII recipient anyway, because you can't really live comfortably with this income, which you shouldn't really be. The question arises as to how so many ALGII and welfare recipients can accuse anti-social and underexposed behavior, while it is very difficult to participate properly in general social life with this income.

          • 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 have reached the position of the unconditional basic income, of which I am not entirely convinced of the above. The question of whether there will be enough work for everyone in the future is legitimate. The question arises as to whether it would not be enough to redistribute the existing work and the money paid for it - because there is enough work. In fact, we come to a completely different topic here: How is the value of individual work performances measured in our society - in my opinion from the fact that some demand more than others, which is not necessarily fairer. And: Why is work so important to society at all? Because, thanks to the Protestant work ethic, it is both identification and purpose in life. Hence the stigmatization of non-working people. I wrote something about it here: sucht-von-uns-neue-faehigungen-teil-1-weg-mit-dem-arbeitsethos/
            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 - thinking accurately helps

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