The Key Mental Health Institute LLC
Jane Janer, Psy.D.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
When you think of diversity such words come to mind as acceptance and respect. Another word that comes to mind is uniqueness. Think about the uniqueness of each individual, realizing we are ALL different. No two individuals are the same, the proof being each of us has unique fingerprints. No one has, ever had or will ever have the same fingerprints as you do. That’s UNIQUE. We are DIVERSE. As the French say, vive la différence, Long live the difference, used to express appreciation of diversity. Who can be bored when there is so much diversity in the world? It can be an adventure of learning about different cultures, languages, food, people, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientation, age, physical abilities, religious and political beliefs, socio-economic status, and so on. The goal is to be Authentic and to celebrate Authenticity…Celebrate Diversity… Vive la différence!
Stressors are external events or conditions that affect the individual. What determines whether or how a stressor will impact us is what is called the cognitive appraisal of stressors, in other words, what we perceive of events or conditions, how we see things, or how we interpret things. Our attitude towards events or conditions will largely affect the outcome of an event or condition and at the very least will facilitate functioning during and after the event or condition. That is why stress affects different people in different ways. Therefore, how we cope with a stressors will determine in large part how we function, regardless of the outcome. To accomplish a positive attitude, consider developing your coping skills.