How Ikigai Supports Crisis Coping

In times of adversity, it's common to experience a sense of confusion and lack of motivation. However, the concept of ikigai provides a valuable tool to confront these challenging situations. According to Jamila Rodrigues, ikigai can serve as a coping mechanism during difficult moments by offering individuals a profound sense of personal fulfillment.

Finding meaning amidst difficulties

Nick: So this is where we're tying ikigai into crisis. And you propose that ikigai is one coping tool that helps women to deal with crisis experience, and the emotions, motivations and ways in which they organize and communicate ideas regarding this experience.

So how did you come to this idea or realization that ikigai can be seen as a coping mechanism to overcome personal crisis?

Jamila: Well, I read some literature, specially on psychology studies that speak about meaning of life, and how having meaning of life helps people to have a sense of direction. And I think, when you have a crisis, you sometimes lose sense of direction in life.

But the feeling of ikigai, or the sensation of ikigai is generally a feeling of personal satisfaction. It's about happiness, self expression, and it's very intimate and unique. It's unique to individual. And it reflects a moment where we feel that life is on the right track, potentially.

Or we realize what we want to do, what we like what makes us feel alive and move forward. And that feeling is, at least to me, it's liberating, and allows us to face the less positive aspects of our life, less positive things that are happening in moments of crisis.

So I like to think that if we can have access to our ikigai, our well-being, that sort of feeling within us, it might be a way of helping ourselves. It might be a good platform to jump from a negative aspect to a positive aspect.

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