Resilience and Threat/Hope/Meaning/Transcendence

Part I General: As Seligman points out, a sense of being happy that is related to pleasure seeking has a predictable tendency to fade once the goal has been met, whereas a more eudaimonic approach, focusing on well-being as a function of fulfilling one’s potential and realizing one’s true self, has much more valid meaning and value even though it may or may not be associated with the maximization of happiness.

Resilience has been found to be associated with realizing one’s true self in a very major way. Please click on Content > Week 4> Learning Resources and watch the video “The power of Resilience” (As in many videos you will probably want to click on “Skip the advertisement” and go directly to the topic).

You are asked to do a library search and explore full text articles related to a topic of your choice from each of the two groups below. Summarize briefly for us your relevant findings and thoughts after exploring the article sites related to resilience and two of the specific subtopics below. Share with us some relevant facts that your exploration leads you to understand how the concept of your choice is related to resilience (one topic from each of the two groups, a & b below). Share with us any thoughts you may have about this.

Go to Nav-Bar > Academic Support > Library and enter “Resilience and _.”

a) Group 1) Resilience and Threat/Hope/Meaning/Transcendence (Choose one)

b) Group 2) Resilience and Wisdom/Internal Locus of Control/ Curiosity/Humor (Choose one)
Note: A and B must be done, not either or.

In this part of our discussion, we will finish our exploration of individual differences in terms of psychological type by a continuation of the topic we addressed in Week 1. The special aspect of it that we will explore this week is related to the transcendence concept of the positive psychology. Thus, we will explore the last four functions (5 through 8) that must be addressed by a person in order to experience individuation. Please access an understanding, of your 5-8 functions at:

Below is the Eight-Function Chart of Sixteen Types:

Consider that a dominant sensor may, often unconsciously, respond to an intuitive person by thinking of him/her to be “a space cadet.” A dominant intuitive might consider a sensing person to be “conventional, quite rigid, and limited.” Similarly, a dominant feeling person may consider a dominant thinking person to be “cold” and “non-caring.” A dominant thinking person might consider a dominant feeling person to be “immature.”

Similarly, the 5 – 8 less conscious shadow functions, which are the same as one’s more conscious first four except that they that they have an opposite introverted/extraverted attitude, may respond in a prejudiced way to what the person consciously understands as him/her self. For growth and fulfillment (Individuation: a goal of positive psychology), individuals have to learn to empathize with themselves and recognize their deeper feelings, a process that transforms a person’s shadow functions into positive energy that contributes to wholeness, personal development, and fulfillment. Obviously, one’s ability to do this requires some resilience.

Part II Assignment:
Although it obviously may not be an easy thing to do, please try to share with us what you think about:

1) how your reaction to others may be influenced by one or more of your four conscious functions

2) Mindfully choose one of the 5 – 8 functions of your Jungian personality type and search briefly online for a description of the function itself. Then try to share with us how you think it might change and become more conscious, different, meaningful, and positive for you if you eventually worked to become able to be conscious and understanding of it.

Of course, this may not be easy, given your personal current life situation, so please do not worry about it. Just share with us briefly whatever you experienced when you attempted to do that. It will no doubt give you at least a bit of an understanding of the one of your subconscious 5-8 functions that you decided to choose.

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