Hope Defines Perseverance
Mentor:Virgil Adams, Program Chair and Professor of Psychology, California State University Channel Islands
How much is too much? Why do some individuals view immediate challenge and bleak circumstances with vigor, while others accept frustration and take a more passive approach? The feelings of “too much” can cripple progress in certain individuals, yet inspire others to strive and persevere. Work is a primary contributor to feelings of anxiety, high-stress work conditions promote beneficial coping techniques in the right individuals (Parker, Jimeison, & Aiot, 2013). More favorable socioeconomic factors lead to better coping mechanisms whereas lower socioeconomic status often leads to a more negative coping pattern (Stellar, Manzo, Kraus, & Keltnes 2012). It was hypothesized that individuals who had elevated feelings of hopefulness would be better able to cope with societal pressures. The present study analyzed responses collected from Southern Californians and findings indicated that socioeconomic factors contribute to better coping mechanisms. Data from the initial analyses also revealed that feelings of hope can account for nearly as much coping power as socioeconomic factors. People were much more adapted to handle the stressors of everyday life with the positive thoughts of something better; hope. The discussion focuses on how the idea of a better tomorrow can motivate individuals to persevere when life becomes “too much”.