Recent studies have looked at the function that courage can serve in diverse life settings and in relation to measures of psychosocial adaptability, wellbeing, and quality of life across age groups.
It has been shown that some people have a propensity to act bravely from an early age, that there is a strong positive correlation between courage and extroversion and a weak negative correlation between courage and anxiety in childhood.
Furthermore, studies that concentrated on aspects of psychological capital, such as optimism and hope, demonstrated the beneficial effects these resources have on thriving, both directly and indirectly via the mediation of courage.
The emotional courage is the willingness to feel and to open yourself up to feeling the full spectrum of positive emotion, at the risk of experience and encountering the unpleasant or negative emotions
In a state of painful and challenging emotions, it’s about doing what matters, listening to your heart and intuition, and aligning yourself with your values rather than defaulting to what’s most practical or comfortable. In this context, we need emotional skills like emotional courage that are related to other critical skills like the capacity to recognize your own emotions, behaviors, beliefs, motivations, and other characteristics like strengths and weaknesses. We can’t always control difficult emotions like fear, but we can choose how to act.