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  • Writer's pictureYamit Armbrister

The Hidden Role of Science in Mental Resilience

It's not a shocking revelation that science has changed the face of the world and life itself. How did it all begin? In voyages of discovery, first by individuals and independent people and then by groups, expeditions, countries, and combining the discoveries from different disciplines. The rest is history.


Researchers often embark on a journey of discovery with the understanding that they don't know something, that they lack understanding of something, that their knowledge is limited. They may have a hypothesis, or an intention to prove a theory or belief, but they don't know what the outcome of the investigation or discovery will be.

The goal is that at the end of the journey of discovery they may be able to change the world according to their will or discovery.


And how does that relate to mental resilience?

It's simple.


If we detail the connection between the desire to discover and resilience, we can see several connecting factors, the most prominent of which, in my opinion, is curiosity. The desire to discover. To know. To change.


1. Curiosity and resilience

The desire to discover often stems from curiosity – a strong desire to learn and explore new things. Curious people tend to be more flexible, more open to accepting a reality that does not correspond to what seems to be a fact, and their curiosity can serve as a motivating factor to overcome obstacles and failures. When faced with challenges, they are more likely to see them as opportunities for learning and growth rather than insurmountable barriers.

Curious people understand that there is much more to what is visible on the surface and their curiosity to discover outweighs the fear of what they will discover, it makes them more mentally resilient than others.


2. Problem solving: People, like researchers, who have a strong desire to discover often develop excellent problem-solving skills. Problem solving is a skill that is closely related to resilience, as people who can solve problems effectively are better equipped to navigate adversity and find solutions to challenges that may arise while in the pursuit of discovery.


3. Perseverance: Resilience often involves perseverance and willingness to persevere in the face of difficulties until chaos passes. The desire to discover can be a powerful motivator to keep going, even when faced with obstacles or failures. People motivated by a desire to discover, like scientists, are more likely to recover from disappointments and pursue their exploration.


4. Adaptability: Both resilience and the desire to discover require adaptability. Resilient people are better able to adapt to changing circumstances, especially situations in life that are not desirable. The desire to find out what else awaits next, where to go from here, and what else will happen often leads such people to adapt to new environments and situations better.


5. Learning from failure: People who are more resilient to life's storms tend to see failures as an opportunity for learning and growth rather than crushing defeats. Similarly, the desire to discover, as with researchers, often involves a willingness to take risks and learn from mistakes, which contributes to greater resilience.


Essentially, the desire to discover, which led humanity to a place our ancestors could not have imagined, and resilience are intertwined because the mindset of a curious and persistent explorer can improve a person's ability to face and overcome challenges, making them more resilient through the process itself.


Conclusion

Be curious. Strive to learn more about everything that is a hole in your knowledge. Challenge yourself to examine, explore and develop from the most difficult or challenging places in life. Curiosity and the desire to discover are crucial ingredients in the formula for developing and improving resilience in life. Who knows what discoveries you will make about yourself, your capabilities and life altogether. Embark on journeys of discovery about your abilities to face life's challenges!


Perhaps, like explorers, at the end of your journey of discovery you can change your world to your will.


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