We are not talking about superheroes from comics … we are talking about real life heroes. In reality, there are many people who can be considered as heroes. Do you think you could have the characteristics or qualities that heroes have? In order to answer this question, it is necessary to take into account the type of heroism we are talking about.

There are people who perform acts of bravery once, like rescuing someone from falling into an abyss … but they are not very different from people who are not considered “heroes”, they just did a heroic act at a certain time. . Instead, there are people who engage in acts of heroism every day of their lives, like people who are selflessly caring for others . These people do share important personality traits that define real heroes: empathy and the need to live by a moral code.

Characteristics of heroism

You may not understand the psychology of heroism well, but there are those who believe that it is not only innate, but that you can also learn to be a hero. Next, you are going to know some of the characteristics that define a hero … maybe you are and you haven’t realized it yet!

The well-being of others is important to you

You take care of yourself first, because you know that to take care of others you must be well first. You are capable of feeling empathy and compassion for others in order to assist them, within your possibilities, in what they need. You are able to feel what others need without being worth it to you.

You can see things in perspective

Daily heroes, in addition to being compassionate and loving to people, are also capable of seeing things in perspective. They can see things from other points of view and more importantly, they are able to put themselves in the shoes of others and quickly understand how they can help.

You are a competent person

You are able to trust people but you don’t want others to take advantage of you. You are a competent person and you will help whenever others need it, but you will not allow other people to take advantage of your good will. You are able to anticipate what others feel by your great ability to feel good and trust your own abilities.

If you find yourself in a crisis, you show how competent you are, you have the intrinsic belief that you are capable of handling challenges and achieving success regardless of the odds, trusting that if you insist enough you can have good results. This confidence in your coping skills helps you handle stress in a good way.

You follow your values ​​and your morality

You are a person who has very clear values ​​and you are able to follow your morality above all things. Your beliefs give you the strength you need to fight for everything you think is worth doing.

When you’re scared, you do things … scared

Just because you’re a hero doesn’t mean that things don’t scare you … it’s just that you do things anyway, even if you’re scared of doing them. You can beat fear at the right times because you have a wonderful ability to see the bright side of things and think positively naturally. This will help you see the danger, evaluate it but think that things do not have to go wrong … And if they do go wrong, it is learning for you. You can see the outcome of a specific situation in an optimistic way.

The decision to act heroically is a personal decision. You are the one who ultimately decides if you want to have an altruistic behavior for the benefit of others and yourself or if you prefer to continue acting individually as this society accustoms us to act … Although in reality, people are beings social and we need each other. 

Elle Mcdonald

I am Elle Mcdonald Specializations in Psychology . Graduated in psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2000. Diploma of Advanced Studies in the Department of Personality, Evaluation and psychological treatments with excellent results.

First Level of Master in Clinical Psychology at the Center for Behavioral Therapists (recognized with a scientific-professional nature by the College of Psychologists)

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