How resolient are German politicians really?
resilience describes not only the ability to deal with pressure and uncertainty, but above all the human ability to learn from setbacks, to remain optimistic and to get up quickly.
This also applies to groups of people as represented by political parties. Now, at some point, the elections are always over and it becomes clear every time that many parties suffered severe setbacks. Of course, the question immediately arises how she will deal with this defeat, i.e. how resilient they actually are?
Resilience: the main thing is causal analysis
Those who carefully followed the interviews with the leaders of these parties on the evening of the election will have heard one sentence across all parties over and over again: "We will now sit together in the committees and relentlessly analyze the reasons for this defeat".
This theorem best describes one of the most important of the seven resilience factors: the causal analysis. Because this factor allows people to analyze the reasons (kausa) for setbacks precisely and leads to the fact that one does not always make the same mistake again.
The "why style" is learned
Everyone has a special style of doing such a causal analysis. It is also known as the "why style" and can be described on three levels. Level 1 describes whether I am looking for the reasons for myself (I-style) or for others (non-I-style).
At the 2 level, the human being asks whether the reasons in the future are not changeable (always-style) or changeable (non-always-style). On level 3, finally, I can relate the reasons to general (all-style) or to something specific (non-all-style).
We have not been adequately supported?
The majority of people have developed a specific style in the course of their lives, learned from other people and this is used again and again when there are setbacks. For example, optimists, ie people who think positively, have the habit of adopting the style “not-me” - “not-always” - “not-everything” style in the event of setbacks.
Applied to the current party landscape, this would mean that they say, for example, "Our coalition partner did not support us sufficiently in this election campaign". The reasons are outside the respective party, can be changed in the future and relate only to this specific support.
We will never make it any more?
Another common style is the "I" - "Always" - "Everything" style. This would be the case if the parties said, for example: "We will simply never be able to convince the voters of our ideas".
This is a style that can be found especially in pessimistic people: I am to blame and I will not be able to change it in the future either. Neither is the optimal solution. You will find out what this looks like in the second part of my post tomorrow.
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