Narrator: This is Science Today. How do you
hold up in times of crisis or stress? Do you dig in
and get through, thriving on the challenge? Or do
you fall apart? Many people consider how you react
to be a moment of truth in which your inherent nature
comes to surface. But Dr. Salvatore Maddi, a psychologist
at the University of California, Irvine, says that's
not so. Maddi, who calls these skills hardiness, trains
people to learn these skills.
Maddi: We think of it as a combination of attitudes
and skills that help you cope with stressful circumstances,
whether the stresses are big or small. The attitudes
are what we came to call the three C's - commitment,
control and challenge.
Narrator: Then there's the coping and social
support skills, such as putting stressful situations
into perspective and learning to resolve conflicts
The research has also concerned itself with evaluating
the effects of our hardy training and it shows that
the hardy training really works in the sense that
it increases hardiness, but in addition, it improves
performance, conduct, morale and health.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.