What is resilience?
Resilience is synonymous with psychological resilience and the ability to deal with the challenges of life.
The term is currently gaining in popularity. The ability in itself, of course, is not new, and, like intelligence, has always been of great importance for the happiness and misfortune of human beings.
Research has worked out a variety of personal factors that help a person deal with the adversities of life.
Why Rheinländer are more resilient
A central one of these factors is the attitude that a person takes to himself and to his environment. This has always been the case, but has been researched scientifically for several years.
A German population group, which has long recognized this, seem to be the Rhinelanders. If you look at the 12 Rheinische Grundgesetze, you will discover almost all the factors that make up a highly resilient person.
The Rheinische Grundgesetze and Resilienz
- Article 1: Et es wie es es (It is as it is): describes in a wonderful way the phenomenon of acceptance. Resilted people accept that life does not consist solely of positive things and also see setbacks as part of the life that it is to cope with.
- Article 2: Et kütt wie et kütt (It comes how it comes): describes the ability of resilient people to set goals and pursue them without fear of failure.
- Article 3: Et hätt still jot jejange (It still went well): is the article, which constitutes a core aspect of Resilienz: the realistic optimism.
- Article 4: It is also a fact of acceptance that teaches us to distinguish the things we can influence from the things that we can not influence.
- Article 5: Do lauchste you kapott (Since you laugh at yourself): highly-resilient people have the ability to take even heavy situations with humor and to laugh at themselves and their own shortcomings.
- Article 6: Et bliev nix et et wor (Nothing remains the same): describes the basic attitude of resilient people that life consists of change and should be understood as an opportunity rather than a risk.
- Article 7: Know mer nit, break mer nit, fott domet! (We do not know, we do not need to continue): describes the abilities of highly-resilient people not to let everything please, but to remain active and take influence where they can. We psychologists call this self-efficacy.
- Article 8: Wat the most well maache? (What do you want to do?): Its meaning is very close to the "resilience factors" "Et it like et" and "Wat fott it's fott" and shows the importance of human ability to accept and to be influenced by the non-influenceable distinguish in the Rhenish culture.
- Article 9: Mach et jot ävver nit ze off (Do it well but not too often): refers to the Rhinelanders that one should also enjoy life, so to have fun and to see the positive. But not only and: not too often. So it has much to do with the resilience factor discipline.
- Article 10: Wat soll dä nonsense? (What is the nonsense?): Describes the probably most difficultly mediated resilience factor: the causal analysis. This is nothing more than the ability to analyze situations and reasons for setbacks well, thus keeping a very critical attitude to oneself and situations.
- Article 11: Have a drink! (Drink one!): One of resilience research's longest known protective factors, is the ability of people to build close, supportive relationships with fellow human beings. These also help us to overcome difficult life challenges.
- Article 12: Each jeck is different: describes nothing less than the ability of high-resisting people to empathize, that is, the willingness and gift to move into other people. In the case of resilient people, it is not only about themselves.
What does science say?
Acceptance, goal orientation, optimism, humor, open handling of change, self-efficacy, seeing the positive in life, discipline, good analytical skills, strong bonds and empathy are the most important resilience factors. People who carry and care for these factors are actually happier, healthier and more successful. This is shown by science.
The 12 Rheinische Gebote shows us that the Rhinelanders have recognized this without research for a long time. Thus, it remains only the task of scientifically proving that the Rhinelanders are actually more resilient than the other German population groups. Have lots of fun with it!
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