Sense of Coherence (SOC-13)

Salutogenesis is a term coined by sociologist Aaron Antonovsky. The term describes a medical approach focusing on factors that support human health and well-being, rather than on factors that cause disease (pathogenesis). More specifically, the salutogenic model is concerned with the relationship between health, stress, and coping.

The concept of sense of coherence (SOC) was also put forward by Aaron Antonovsky in 1979 to explain why some people become ill under stress and others stay healthy. It is defined as “The extent to which one has a pervasive, enduring though dynamic, feeling of confidence that one’s environment is predictable and that things will work out as well as can reasonably be expected.” The SOC  has three components – comprehensibility, manageability, and meaningfulness.

1.Do you have the feeling that you really don’t care about what is going on around you?
2.Has it happened in the past that you were surprised by the behavior of people whom you thought you knew well?
3.Has it happened that people whom you counted on disappointed you?
4.Until now your life has had:
5.Do you have the feeling that you are being treated unfairly?
6.Do you have the feeling that you are in an unfamiliar situation and don’t know what to do?
7.Doing the things you do every day is:
8.Do you have very mixed-up feelings and ideas?
9.Does it happen that you experience feelings that you would rather not have to endure?
10.Many people, even those with a strong character, sometimes feel like losers in certain situations. How often have you felt this way in the past?
11.When certain events occurred, have you generally found that you assessed the situation correctly – i.e. you did not overestimated or underestimated their importance?
12.How often do you have the feeling that there is little meaning in the things you do in your daily life?
13.How often do you have feelings that you are not sure you can control?