Capricorn – Mental – Toroid: STABILITY

There is growing evidence that the management of emotions is fundamental to lead a satisfactory life in its different domains. Specialized publications identify key emotional constructs that are increasingly used both in research and in personal or professional training plans. This is the case of Emotional Intelligence, considered as the set of skills that contribute to optimal psychological and social functioning through the detection, understanding and management of emotional states, and that facilitate appropriate interaction with other people in our environment (Brackett, Rivers, & Salovey, 2011).

Research has a long history of demonstrating the importance of emotional stability in different areas. It has been related to relevant issues such as academic success, lower drug use, especially in young men, problem-solving skills, or longevity (an average of two or three years longer).

It has also been observed that emotional stability is related, in the workplace, to emerging leadership, satisfaction, self-efficacy and organizational commitment (Li & Ahlstrom, 2016). Specifically, emotional stability appears to play a key role in conflict situations. For example, Li et al. (2012) found that emergent leadership occurred in those people who recovered their emotional stability more easily and quickly, and especially in conflictual groups. Along the same lines, emotional stability has been found to buffer the negative relationship between group relationship conflict and the individual’s organizational commitment.

Emotional stability has been approached from the Self-Organization Theory. Thus, it is assumed that an emotion can recover its state of equilibrium automatically after a period or situation of emotional instability. This disposition of people to adapt to stressors is composed of two dimensions or subsystems: Emotional disturbance threshold and emotional resilience.

On the one hand, the emotional disturbance threshold describes the sensitivity of the system to experience altered emotional states such as anger, anxiety, or panic. Thus, it is expected that a person with a low threshold of emotional disturbance will be more easily affected by altered emotional states produced by the environment. On the other hand, emotional resilience refers to the time required to recover from the experience of negative emotions and return to stability. In this case, high emotional resilience refers to the individual’s ability to recover quickly from the experience of negative emotions.

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