We all respond to crises in different ways. But the people who actually cope well in crisis are those who cultivate an attitude of “Tragic Optimism,” a term coined by Viktor Frankl, a Holocaust survivor and psychiatrist from Vienna, which refers to the ability to maintain hope and find meaning in crisis. Positive psychology calls this Benefit Finding, but I like how Mr. Frankl described it: “the human capacity to creatively turn life’s negative aspects into something positive or constructive.” If we can cultivate Tragic Optimism, we have a chance to experience Post-Traumatic Growth.
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