Human behaviour

What is adversity quotient?

All of us are familiar with IQ (intelligence quotient) and EQ (emotional quotient). Some of us may be familiar with SQ (Social Quotient), which is a measure of a person’s ability to build a network of friends and maintain it over a long period of time. There is also the relatively new concept of PQ (Passion Quotient) which is a measure of the passion or deep love that you are capable of having towards something. Then, of late, a new paradigm has emerged called AQ (Adversity Quotient).

What is adversity quotient or A.Q.?

Adversity quotient is one’s ability to handle adversities well. It is known by many other names such as  resilience, grit, fortitude, tenacity and persistence. It is the capacity to bounce back when you have been pushed down. A person with high AQ is tough and will not wallow in self-pity when life deals with him roughly. He is not a person who easily gives up in the face of setbacks.

What are the qualities of a person with high adversity quotient?

  • Adaptability to changes

As we all know, change is the only constant. In the physical world, if an organism cannot adapt to changing circumstances it perishes. An employee who refuses to adapt to drastic changes in the work place such as sudden cost-cutting measures or heavier workloads will give up and leave. A person with high AQ will stay no matter what. The trials and tribulations of personal or professional life will not crush him.

  • High self-efficacy

Self-efficacy is the measure of one’s belief that he can do well in a task. A person with high self-efficacy believes that no matter what happens he is capable of handling it. The construct of self-efficacy was originally proposed by the psychologist Albert Bandura.  High Self-efficacy is important to a high adversity quotient because it gives an awareness of one’s abilities to deal with a difficult situation gives a person the momentum to actually deal with it.

  • Social support system

A person with a high Adversity Quotient usually has a strong social support system. This support system acts as a cushion or buffer that will absorb the shocks the person is dealt with when going through difficult situations. Moreover, a strong social support system will lend emotional support when one is down in the dumps.

  • High emotional quotient

The ability to regulate one’s emotions is very important when one is faced with adversities. It is important in a situation where one’s emotional control is crucial in making a situation worse that how it  already is. Also, people with high EQ usually knows that the emotional impact of an adverse situation is only temporary. It is the classic ‘This too shall pass’ psychology.

  • A positive attitude to life

People with high AQ have a positive outlook towards life. They are the ones who will see that the half -full glass instead of the half-empty glass. They will see even criticisms in a positive and constructive spirit.

The concept of AQ, in fact, is becoming more and more relevant as the world goes through tough times. People with high AQ will be an asset to any organization without any doubt.

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