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Are you strong mentally?

Asked by imrainmaker (5975points) 6 days ago

How would you define it? Is it same as mental toughness? Can someone be trained to be strong or it has to be in your genes? How has it affected your life in general?

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RedDeerGuy1's avatar

No. I’m very fragile.

stanleybmanly's avatar

??Do you mean stubborn or obstinate??

Mimishu1995's avatar

No, I’m not strong at all. I just try keep my weakness from getting out of hand.

Adagio's avatar

I’m a much stronger person than I once thought myself. Human beings are far more resilient than they give themselves credit for, when push comes to shove that resilience comes to the fore.

imrainmaker's avatar

@stanleybmanly – I’m referring it to in a positive way. Strong willed person who’s unfazed by situation around him. Nothing intimidates him/her.

Zachary_Mendes123's avatar

No. Definitely not.

Zaku's avatar

What do you mean?

flutherother's avatar

Yes, but more resilient than forceful.

imrainmaker's avatar

@Zaku – is that for me?

Zachary_Mendes123's avatar

I’d like to say that I’m more mentally ill than strong to be honest.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I’d consider myself strong mentally. I’m not perfect but at least I can detect when things are getting out of my control and then I adjust quickly. Maybe that is considered resilience or flexibility.
I work very well under pressure. I might even thrive on it.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Like others, I consider myself resilient, and that is a type of strength. I do not believe that there is anyone other than psychopaths who are impervious to emotions. They happen. The strength lies in how one processes them. I use meditation to help allay the fears that overzealous emotions bring up. It works for me, and then I go about my life.

Mariah's avatar

I have no idea how to answer this question, lol. I have extremely well developed coping mechanisms for handling certain situations and none at all for others.

Lots of us in the chronic illness community have a weird relationship with being called “strong” for having dealt with our respective situations. It’s just like….well, this is what my life is. I can’t change it. So, yes, I have continued to exist from one day to the next despite being in pain much of the time. I have not killed myself yet. Am I strong for having not killed myself? Seems like a weird bar to set. Sounds dangerously close to saying that a sick life is a life not worth living, which isn’t true at all. I certainly don’t get by gracefully all the time. I just get by. Is that what strength is? I feel like it means something more than that.

Zaku's avatar

@imrainmaker Yes, I don’t know what you mean at all, and I can imagine various things you might mean. I don’t usually use “strong” or “tough” with “mental”. Rather, I tend to think of the many different categories of intelligence, or of perceived smartness, or of mental will, or of developmental age, or of maturity, or of emotional intelligence, or of willpower, or of stubbornness, or of critical thinking, or of tendency to go along with the suggestions of other (or not), or of analyticalness, or of “common sense”, or of psychic/mental powers, or of genius or savant abilities, or of mastery of a field, or scholarly rigour, or IQ test skills, or wisdom, or savvy, or cunning, or street smarts… all of these and more seem like possible qualities that might be described metaphorically of “strengths” of the mind.

flo's avatar

@Zachary_Mendes123 You have no idea (you’re new to Fluther unless you were a reader only) how funny your post is.

flo's avatar

…You probably are far from mentally ill I mean. Those of us who are mentally ill don’t know it.

stanleybmanly's avatar

I’m not easily rattled, and I stand up well under insults. But that mental strength thing is a tricky business. I mean, how do you really define such a thing? Is it about one’s ability to weather the grinding hazards of living while maintaining the appearance of “normal”? Perhaps it isn’t mental strength which is requisite in navigating the minefield of life. It seems to me that an indifference to most of it would be a very useful strategem.

Zachary_Mendes123's avatar

@flo oh no believe me, I’m mentally ill. And how in the world is my post funny?

stanleybmanly's avatar

Nothing is as funny these days as honesty.

Zachary_Mendes123's avatar

@stanleybmanly heh heh heh.. Well whatever.

Mimishu1995's avatar

@stanleybmanly you just prove your point by your last post :D I think we all have our weak spot, and it hurts when someone hits on the right place. It’s just up to us to choose not to appear hurt and recover after the blow. Indifference will eliminate tons of weak spots, but it has a side-effect of turning us into a cold-hearted beast. But “appearing indifference” can be a good coping tactic sometimes.

And I can see that @Zachary_Mendes123 has failed to read between the line of @stanleybmanly‘s post ~

Adagio's avatar

@Mariah I’m in total agreement with you. And I abhor being called “brave”, for fuck’s sake, you get what you get and you deal with it. It’s sink or swim, and I certainly don’t want to sink.

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