There are 6 types of courage that we need to face life’s challenges. They are:
Although many times there is a blend of two or more of these types of courage, there is generally one that dominated the occasion.
1.Physical Courage. This is the courage most people think of first: bravery at the risk of bodily harm or death. It involves developing physical strength, resiliency, and awareness.
2.Social Courage. This is also a type of courage that we are very familiar with. It involves the risk of social embarrassment or exclusion, unpopularity or rejection. It also involves leadership .
3. Intellectual Courage. This is our willingness to engage with challenging ideas, to question our thinking, and to risk making mistakes. It means discerning and telling the truth.
4.Moral Courage. This involves doing the right thing, particularly when risks involves shame, opposition, or the disapproval of others. Here we enter into ethics and integrity, the resolution to match word and action with values and ideals. It is not about who we claim to be to our children and to others, but who we reveal ourselves to be through our words and actions.
5. Emotional Courage.This type of courage opens us to feeling the full spectrum of positive emotions, at the risk of encountering the negative ones. It is strongly correlated with happiness.
6.Spiritual Courage. This fortifies us when we grapple with questions about faith, purpose, and meaning, either in a believing or non-believing framework.
We need all these types of courage in our lives. Thankfully there are ways to help them grow in us. If we are not taught these as children.