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Tetzaveh: Comfort vs. Growth

There is a difference of opinion in psychology regarding the degree to which hardship and adversity are healthy or perhaps even necessary aspects of human development[1]. Some researchers claim that experiencing adversity allows children to develop grit, the strength to bear hardship and a dedication to long-term goals that enables youth to develop into even more successful adults than their peers who did not experience pain or suffering in childhood. Others note that while overcoming adversity does help children to adapt more easily and readily to new challenges and thus become resilient adolescents and adults, often these experiences can also lead to mental and physical health issues across the lifespan, perhaps a steep price to pay for the “superpower” of resilience.