Resilience at work continues to be a major focus of both research and applied work. Often it is viewed in isolation from other perspectives and is rarely linked to positive psychology. This chapter deals with mental toughness, providing one specific approach to linking resilience and positive psychology to the world of work. The positive psychology movement, spearheaded by the seminal work of Seligman and Csikszentmihayli, offers perhaps the best framework to understand psychological well-being. The chapter discusses stress-related growth, which is known to occur following a period of reflection and contemplation and occurs through changes in views of the self, such as greater self-acceptance; increasing value of personal relationships; and changes in life philosophy, such as re-evaluating what really matters. It also explores how positive emotions such as joy and interest can create broader thinking that helps to build personal resources, and facilitate personal growth through positive or adaptive spirals of emotion.
|Title of host publication||The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of the Psychology of Positivity and Strengths|
|Subtitle of host publication||Based Approaches at Work|
|Editors||Lindsay Oades, Michael Steger, Antonella Delle Fave, Jonathan Passmore|
|Publisher||Wiley Online Library|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - 19 Sep 2016|