Essay:Quantifying Mental Strength

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Our society thrives in quantifying physical strength, such as how fast one can run, how long one can jog, how far one can throw a ball, and how much weight one can lift. We quantify and respect it, and use quantified targets to improve.

Mental strength is far more important than physical strength. It is long overdue to quantify -- and improve -- mental strength:

  • do you frequently have problems with anxiety? Can you reduce the occurrences?
  • do you accept and apply logic to reject the illogical?
  • are you vulnerable to teasing, or can you "mock the mockery"?
  • can you view yourself objectively, admit when you are wrong, and change towards what is advantageous?
  • can you speak in front of a large hostile audience?
  • do you have unexplained difficulties in social situations?
  • do you dwell on things that are unchangeable and thus unproductive, such as the past?

One can score himself, and use the score to improve.