Knowing yourself better helps you cope with difficulties

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 August, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 August, 2007, 12:00am

Some teenagers become obese because they have an unbalanced diet and don't exercise.

Others go on a diet because they want to become ultra-thin like their celebrity idols.

Both situations are not good for us.

I think teachers can give young people useful guidance. They can also organise activities to help students develop the right values.

More importantly, teenagers should develop self-confidence by taking part in voluntary or extra-curricular activities.

If their Adversity Quotient is high, they will be able to cope with tough challenges.


Leung Shek Chee College

Thanks for your letter, Christine. I must admit I'd never heard of Adversity Quotient (AQ). Of course, I've heard of IQ (Intelligence Quotient) and EQ (Emotional Quotient), but never AQ - so I did a little research.

I now know that AE is the science of human resilience. Basically, it's all about how well people cope in challenging situations. Some people are better at dealing with tense than moments than others, but the good news is that we can change.

The more we know ourselves, and how we react in certain situations, the better able we will be to cope with that situation the next time it comes around.

Kate, Editor