Category: sense-making

Coherence and Emotion

For creativeHE_group1 and Rafaela Tz

From the PowerPoint:

Sense of Coherence

… is a global life orientation – a way of viewing life as coherent, structured, manageable and meaningful.

… is a confidence to be able to identify internal and external resources, use and reuse them in a health promoting manner.

… is a way of thinking, being and taking action as a human being.

I need to take a couple of days off but found this on Coherence and Wellbeing that feeds back into our emotions and ability to navigate in the world. My health has been up and down for the last 8 years and the care I’ve received has been at best indifferent. This carelessness of people with each other is something that reminds me of why I felt it necessary to actively resist school. No way was I going to be defeated by the abstract and spirit withering needs of “The System” and I found this a way of forcing creativity as a rebellion against a world that was being explained to me in a rather rough manner.

So, for inspiration on building a diagram (or whatever) of emotions think in terms of how the personal and the impersonal affect your life. Are you allowed to define yourself for yourself or are you modeling the expectations of others?

“Antonovsky defines Coherence as:

…a global orientation that expresses the extent to which one has a pervasive, enduring though dynamic feeling of confidence that one’s internal and external environments are predictable and that there is a high probability that things will work out as well as can reasonably expected (p. 10).”

Quoted in: “The Primacy of Caring, Stress and Coping in Health and Illness” (1989) Patricia Benner and Judith Wrubel

Taken from: Antonovsky A “Health, Stress and Coping” San Francisco; Jossey-Bass, 1979.