What everyone needs in life

What everyone needs in life

Patience is a matter of character. “There are just different types. Patience cannot be trained. But”, says bettina siebert-blaesing “you can learn from experience.” In her doctoral thesis, the social pedagogue studied the importance of patience, how it can be used as a resource to get through difficult situations in life in a healthy way, and how this can be taught to young people through targeted coaching.

“Patience can be experienced, among other things, through calmness, composure and good listening skills.” Whether she also has a tip on how everyone can practice patience? “In the supermarket, consciously stand at the checkout with the longest queue!” She laughs. “Or at least let someone else go first. Try it, it also works in traffic – and how it brings a smile to the face of other people, is a beautiful experience.”

Giving other people some of your own time takes patience. “Something like that was said by one of the young people i interviewed for my doctoral thesis”, erklart siebert-blaesing. She likes to work with young people. More than 25 years ago she graduated in social pedagogy from a university of applied sciences and since then she has gained extensive experience in church work with children and young people. She developed the idea for her doctoral thesis from practical experience. “The starting point was the pressure to perform. More and more young people have burnout-like symptoms – even before they start their professional lives. When society is too hectic, you need a way to control it.”

Together with prof. Niko kohls from the coburg university of applied sciences explained her approach in concrete terms. The coburg professor of health sciences is one of the two doctoral supervisors of the cooperative doctoral program. The first supervisor was prof. Bernd birgmeier from the catholic university of eichstatt-ingolstadt wins the competition. Siebert-blaesing has written the dissertation over the past seven years in addition to her work as a social pedagogue and supervisor and has now defended it with a very good performance.

Title of the work is “patience as a resource for the health needs of young adults in individual coaching – qualitative survey in the voluntary social year (FSJ)”, and it includes a historical-philosophical analysis of patience and an empirical part. Over a period of three years, the doctoral student interviewed young people who had completed a voluntary social year at the archbishop's youth welfare office in munich and freising (EJA). “The transitional situation between school and work is an interesting phase in which many decisions have to be made.”

Patience is important for the young adults, but not only at this stage. It is seen as a resource for the whole life. Parents are particularly important as role models. “Teachers, instructors and social pedagogues can ideally address patience in everyday interactions as well as in targeted individual coaching with concrete recommendations for action.” Prof. Birgmeier describes the work as a “milestone in empirical research for the scientific underpinning of individual coaching” and emphasizes the outstanding innovative performance. Prof. Kohls adds: “the role of patience in coaching work with young adults is an important, contemporary topic in the context of health requirements and social work that has not yet been extensively researched.”

Corona has made this topic even more topical. “We are all becoming experts in patience”, says siebert-blaesing. “But patience is not tangible in every moment. Home office, homeschooling: if you have to manage ten things at the same time, you'll be annoyed in this situation. There is nothing wrong with that.” 


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