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  • Writer's pictureYamit Armbrister

Region-Beta Paradox – WHAT?

A week ago, someone commented on one of my LinkedIn posts with the comment: "As long as it doesn’t get to the Beta Zone Paradox...”

I stared at the comment a few times and asked myself – what?

Naturally, I sat down to research it and found out that it's not really a well-known term, theory or an established concept but... there's something there. Here’s how I understand it– what do you think?

The Beta Paradox suggests that people facing extreme events or conditions, have in fact a better chance to overcome the crisis compared to people that experience "moderate" events in terms of hardship. The idea is that the more extreme the circumstances are, the more motivated we become in overcoming it as well as in

developing a higher level of resilience so we can navigate the exit from the situation.

It's a bit like catching on fire all at once which leaves us with no choice but to quickly put out the fire, as opposed to slowly getting burned on a small scale but stay in that situation because there’s no threat that it will finish us off. After all, we do have the ability to adapt even to unpleasant situations.

If we were given a choice to experience a difficult event in order to develop resilience, most people would give up the “opportunity.” It's better to live a ‘moderate’, even boring, but stable life rather than undergo a traumatic experience, just so we can prove to ourselves that we can get through it. The other choice is a bit self-destructive.

But there are certain psychological theories like the concept of "post-traumatic growth" that indicate that people who have experienced significant trauma may actually develop strength and increased personal growth as a result of coping with the difficult event.

Do you know people that Region-Beta Paradox prove the

concept right?

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