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How our ability to tolerate distress impacts our ability to evaluate challenge

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Keywords: Distress tolerance, anxiety, trait anxiety, stress, challenge, challenge perception

The ability of an individual to tolerate distress (distress tolerance) is becoming an increasingly important concept in the world of psychology, work psychology, leadership, management, human resource management and organisational development. Distress tolerance refers to an individual’s perceived capability or their actual ability to endure negative emotional or physical discomfort and predicaments or situations, before trying to deal with the distress by flight, avoidance or maladaptive behaviours, including aggression.

The new study by a team of researchers at the University of Connecticut in America has looked at distress tolerance to see how it impacts our ability to evaluate challenges that we face on a day-to-day basis.

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