My JWS Scores: Understanding & Resources

Adaptability

Definition

Adaptability reflects a person’s ability to negotiate difficult situations as well as their preparedness for change, flexibility and acceptance. People who are adaptable appear to have strong resiliency in handling life’s adverse experiences are more likely to experience advantageous outcomes when faced with such experiences. Adaptability also closely relates to how an individual copes or reacts to stress – coping skills are cognitive and behavioral efforts we engage in to manage specific distressing problems and emotions.

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Connectedness

Connectedness refers related to a person’s perceptions of belonging and acceptance in their peer groups, family, and the community. Connectedness, and the quality of interpersonal relationships have been demonstrated to lead to positive psychological benefits. Positive interpersonal relationships have been identified as some of the most influential predictors of both positive outcomes and contributing factors to a decreased likelihood that persons will engage in harmful behaviors.

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Conscientiousness

Definition

Conscientiousness relates to a person’s concern over personal choices and the assumption of responsibility for one’s actions. It has been identified as a strong predictor of health, contributing substantially to longevity and quality of life.

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Emotional Self-Regulation

Definition

Emotional self-regulation is a critical aspect of an individual’s functioning, contributing to success in many domains of behavior, particularly social competence. High negative emotionality has been associated with externalizing problem behavior and adolescent substance abuse/use (Eisenberg et al., 2002). The inability to control one’s emotions has been associated with a host of impulse control disorders, and is seen as a major contributor to social conflicts (DeSilva & Anderson, 2002).

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Empathy

Definition

Empathy is defined as a person’s affective response or comprehension of another’s emotional state or condition.

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Initiative

Definition

Initiative has been described as a person’s ability to be motivated from within, to direct attention and effort toward a challenging goal. Intrinsic motivation, self-determination and goal-directed activities are some characteristics of a person’s initiative skills.

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Mindfulness

Definition

Mindfulness generically referred to as self-awareness, is central to theories of emotional intelligence (Goleman, 1995), as it appears that awareness and attention to one’s internal states is a fundamental component of emotional competence.

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Optimism

Definition

Optimism refers to hope and expectancies for the future, and relates closely to our personal explanations for events that occur in our daily lives. Optimism has consistently been linked to good mood, perseverance, achievement, and physical health.

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Self-Efficacy

Definition

Self-Efficacy refers to what we believe we can do to produce desired results based on own actions.

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Social Competence

Definition

Social Competence incorporates a person’s affective, cognitive, and behavioral skills that combined determine success in interpersonal relationships.

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