Caregiver Profile: Strong Emotions or Emotional Strength?

If you utilized the Meyers Briggs personality test, the type “ESFJ” would be labeled the ‘Cargiver,’ as their externally focused attributes couple with a pointed empathetic dependability. Not one for personality quizzes? Then perhaps you would resort to the stereotype of female, strong emotions, and fierce resilience., a pioneer in online psychological assessments has released its newest research on the type of traits that encompass a capable and compassionate caregiver. One of the bullets on the list was listed as “Emotional Strength.” At first glance, the phrase may seem mundane: of course a cargiver working day in and day out with another human being needs to posses strong emotions (empathy, determination, etc.). But upon closer scrutiny, the phrase settles in: Emotional Strength. The ability to streamline strong emotions into liveable tasks; the ability to persevere when the emotions are low; the ability to run a tiresome race with endurance. Emotional Strength can be more accurately read as emotional endurance.

Nursing in general requires an abundant amount of physical, mental, and emotional endurance. Caregivers, particularly those who are willing to stick around, tend to possess a unique personality profile – and for good reason. This is not a field for the faint of heart.

“The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.” -Napoleon Hill (1883-1970)