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March 6, 2021

Sense of Coherence

The Sense of Coherence (SoC) is a concept that can be applied at different system levels, at an individual level, a group (family), on organisations and societal level. (SoC) is considered as an adaptive dispositional orientation (i.e. within the personality) that enables coping with the adverse experience. (SoC) integrates the meaningfulness, comprehensibility and manageability of a situation or disease. The more a person is able to understand and integrate (comprehensibility), to handle (manageability) and to make sense (meaningfulness) of an experience or disease, the greater the individual’s potential to successfully cope with the situation of the disease.

Cf. Antonowsky, A. (1979). Health, Stress and Coping, San Francisco, Jossey-Bass Publishers.

A sense of national coherence and openness to the “other’s” collective narrative: The case of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 25(3), 226–233. The purpose of this study was to examine a new concept – the sense of national coherence (SoNC) and its role as a mediator between levels of conservativeness (as measured by voting behaviour and religious grouping) and the tendency to delegitimise the “other’s” collective narratives. Based on Antonovsky’s (1987) concept of sense of coherence, SoNC is defined as an enduring tendency to perceive one’s national group as comprehensible, manageable, and meaningful.

Cf. Mana, A., Srour, A., & Sagy, S. (2019). Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 25(3), 226–233.