Narrator: This is Science Today. If the famous
Nietzsche quote - What does not destroy me, makes
me strong - rings true to you, chances are you're
what Dr. Salvatore Maddi, a psychologist at the University
of California, Irvine calls a hardy person. Maddi
helps people deal with stress by teaching them what
he calls hardiness skills.
Maddi: A lot of people tell us - well, hardiness
- you either have it or you don't. It's in the genes.
But you know, that's not really so true. If that was
true, hardiness training wouldn't work the way it
does and the research is very clear that it works.
Narrator: Hardiness training teaches people
the coping and social support skills it takes to deal
Maddi: Hardy people believe whatever doesn't
kill me makes me stronger. Our approach comes very
much out of that kind of Nietzschian thinking. But
what we feel is when a terrible circumstance overcomes
you, you only have two options - give up or learn
from it. And do something better. And some people
actually do that.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.