A sense of coherence

Do you have a sense of coherence? Do /:Fly:/ fishermen in general have a stronger sense of coherence than other people? I believe so.

Let’s start from the top. The “Sense of coherence” is a theoretical model presented by Aaron Antonovsky an Israeli American sociologist and academician whose work concerned the relationship between stress, health and well-being. Antonovsky claimed that a person is never either completely healthy or completely sick, instead we move between the poles healty and sick and it is the amount of sense of coherence that goverens which pole we are most attracted to.

Without getting in to too much psychological theoretical nonsense the Sense of coherence is a persons way to find meaningfulness in every thing that happens in life, to find coherence in every action and reaction. Basically the model concentrates on three things:

  • Comprehensibility: a belief that things happen in an orderly and predictable fashion and a sense that you can understand events in your life and reasonably predict what will happen in the future.
  • Manageability: a belief that you have the skills or ability, the support, the help, or the resources necessary to take care of things, and that things are manageable and within your control.
  • Meaningfulness: a belief that things in life are interesting and a source of satisfaction, that things are really worth it and that there is good reason or purpose to care about what happens.*

The third element is by far the most important according to Antonovsky. The more meaningfulness a person feels the healthier he/she will be and feel. And also all of this will make it easier for you to handle challenges in life and being able to handle challenges will in turn make your sense of coherence even stronger making you generally healthier!

I am not one for generalizing but I do feel strongly that /:Fly:/ fishermen and women in general have a stronger sense of coherence. Maybe it is because we often spend more time in untouched nature, making it easier for us to see how we fit in in nature. Or maybe it is because we feel a belonging sharing such a deep passion for something with other like minded, and that no matter what crisis will happen in our life we always have the safeness of /:Fly:/ fishing to fall back to?

A friend of mine once said “My early teens was not good and it wasn’t until I found /:Fly:/ fishing that I found a meaning with things”. It might sound weird to people but for many of us life wouldn’t have much meaning if we didn’t get to /:Fly:/ fish. We will always have things to look forward to, trips and days out that will take our mind away from the stress of the squirrel wheel and those trips and days out will also be the “charging of our batteries” that will give us a more positive way to handle they must-dos and stress of the everyday life. We will also have that unique camaraderie and friendship that comes from sharing something so special together.

I am no psychologist, and I have no real proof data to support my theory, just my own sense of coherence and my experience from being around other /:Fly:/ fishermen.

Sense of coherence trough the way of the /:Fly:/

*Source data from Wikipedia

About Ulf Hagström

Fly fishing, fly tying, family and going your own way; the way of the fly. View all posts by Ulf Hagström

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