— The Emotional Resilience that the New Generations Don’t Have
You’re not special. You are not a unique and beautiful snowflake. You are organic matter, decomposing as anyone else.” this was part of Tyler Durden’s training in the Fight Club. Seventeen years after the film was released the term “snowflake” is defined by the Guardian as the Insult of the Year, used to describe the emotional lack of self-confidence of new generations. But Lies Notebaert from Western Australia’s School of Psychological Science claims: “New generations don’t lack self-confidence, they are simply less equipped to deal with negative emotions”.
Resilience is an answer to a sort of anxiety. Our world got better under many points of view, but there are new forms of adversity, as social media violence or cyberbullying, that leave us emotionally unprepared. In the current university system, what is at stake is high, and the fear for failure is crucial. Professor Notebaert concludes “I’d like to start a challenge in which all my students fail, to then give them a second chance to apply all that they learnt from failure.”