Who needs moral support?
Sometimes it’s obvious a person needs some moral support, other times, it can be difficult. Moral support can be like a rock of comfort, security, and peace when we are feeling alone or overwhelmed.
While trying to show moral support, remember moral support in its simplest form involves showing support for the actions and principles of what a person is doing. Though very important, a question that’s asked when it comes to giving moral support is: “how do I know if someone needs moral support?”. So, how can you tell if someone is dealing with everyday life challenges or is struggling with more significant and more severe problems and would need moral support?
Here are some signs a person needs moral support:
- Stress accompanied by feelings of guilt and worthlessness: Stress is the body’s way of responding to any demand or threat, but most importantly, it arises as a result of situations and pressures; situations that make one have a deep sense of guilt and worthlessness. Stress can be generated when we worry excessively, and this can be a sign that we need moral support.
- Loneliness and isolation: When people feel they are not cared about, this can result in them feeling lonely, and they also begin to isolate themselves. Also, when they decide to go on a particular journey or take specific actions, moral support can be a huge motivation for them to continue. But when it seems like no one believes in them or their work, this can bring the feeling of loneliness and in the end, isolate them.
- Inability to cope with everyday life: Life comes with its ups and downs, and as we go through it, we want people who understand us and can be depended upon. When they lack this in their life, more often than not, they seem not to be able to cope with everyday life.
- Worrying and sometimes anxiety: Problems and pressure from situations can result in us developing stress. When people are unsure if what they are doing is the right thing or are scared to carry out a certain task because of the lack of support, this can cause worry and anxiety.
- Low self-confidence: We all may have points in our lives when we have low self-confidence. Many times, this is as a result of a lack of belief in our selves or ability. An excellent remedy or a significant boost in our self-confidence will be someone or people believing in us and encouraging us; this is what moral support does. We tend to have a strong belief in ourselves and efforts if we have a support system that believes in us.
- Withdrawing from others: Humans are social beings, and no matter how timid, shy, or reserved we may be, we cannot avoid interacting with our friends or family. When a person begins withdrawing from their social circle, it can be as a result of fear, a lack of self-confidence, believing that they don’t matter, e.t.c. This is a sign that they need some moral support.
Knowing if a person needs moral support depends entirely on their personality and needs. A person can be going through a difficult patch and might give hints or outrightly say their problem, or they could feel shame and keep it inside. Giving moral support to people who don’t ask for it (especially if you are not close with them) requires you pay close attention to cues they give. Some cues are moodiness, irritability, anger, agitation, or the inability to concentrate. Some of these cues are also symptoms of other psychological or emotional distress. You can be able to find the exact cause of their worry only if you probe further; when you probe to ensure you are respectful, kind, and courteous.
Everyone will need some moral support at different points of their lives, knowing when someone needs moral support is the first step taken towards giving moral support.