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... researchers agree, MT is particularly worth promoting among the young, a stance that seems at least somewhat at odds with today’s self-care narrative. Says Chawla, “I would define mental toughness as grit. Tenacity. And a fairly big chunk of that is having some discipline over your own impulses—doing things even when your mind is objecting. This idea is now reviled in mainstream culture in favor of approaches such as, ‘be gentle with yourself.’ [But] if you’re always gentle with yourself you will stagnate and grow weak and fragile.” If our goal is to uphold and not erode mental toughness, it is surely unhelpful to applaud iconic role models for extolling fragility.
A doctoral dissertation in the 1950s tried to predict college freshman academic performance. After a battery of tests correlated using state-of-the-art computers, the conclusion was that there were three factors that best predicted college freshman performance: SAT/ACT scores, high school grade average, and "GRIT." (Though the dissertation's author called it "stick-to-it-iveness.")
I've had a bunch of young engineering trainees that I've put through their paces in operational environments requiring active problem-solving, and I've come to the conclusion that stick-to-it-iveness is very important, but a sense of curiosity and a willingness to poke at things until something moves is equally important. Curiosity, tenacity, and action: All 3 are required.
I think it is going to turn out to be genetic, like everything else. But until that time, it would be wise to teach it to the young, just in case.
Assistant Village Idiot
Ahem...some of us take those gummies because of swallowing difficulties with gigantic vitamin pills. While you may be able to get large items down your throat, but some of us haven't had as much practice...