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Strength or Consequences

Psychological Perspectives


September 14, 2017

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Ken Silvestro, PhD

When people experience crises, such as the fire crisis in Seeley Lake or the loss of a loved one, there can be a variety of reactions. One of the most common reactions is to avoid their psychological needs and attempt to continue life as if nothing happened. People use phrases such: keep a stiff upper lip, cowboy-up, cowgirl-up or buck-up, to indicate that they are strong or should be strong, while experiencing crises. Ironically, this reaction is contrary to what people believe because it actually is a display of weakness not strength.

The so-called strength is nothing more than a lack of...

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