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OW SERIES: Day 29 – A sense of coherence

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Do you know what it means to have a “sense of coherence”? In psychology, it is a characteristic of people who are healthy, live longer, are happier in the different spheres of their lives and perform better at work. People with this characteristic are defined as follows:

– they perceive the world as understandable

– they have confidence in their resources (physical, psychological, social…) to cope with difficulties

– they assign meaning to events

Originating from salutogenesis – a disruptive way of thinking which focuses on promoting what is good for us rather than on relieving sources of tension – having a sense of coherence relies upon an individual making good use of their available resources to overcome challenges and maintain their wellbeing.

To prepare for the return to work, I encourage you to harness 3 simple resources which cost nothing but will add great value to your teams: listening, supporting, and meaning-making.

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By Adrien Chignard

Adrien Chignard, Occupational Psychologist, Sens & Coherence

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