Being unflappable is remaining cool and serene in the face of adversity. A self-assured individual is typically unflappable. Under pressure, some people get uneasy and twitchy, while others remain calm. Unflappable people remain cool, comfortable, and composed no matter what happens. They don't show fear or anxiety.
English writer Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803--1873) is often credited with coining the word "unflappable." In his book The Last Days of Pompeii, he described a character named Dr. Manius who was not only unemotional but also completely unmoved by the prospect of his own death. According to Bulwer-Lytton, Dr. Manius was a man who could be relied upon to react calmly to any situation.
People use the term "unflappable" to describe other individuals who appear to be free from emotional response under stress: lawyers who can analyze difficult evidence without being swayed by it; doctors who can perform life-saving operations on patients despite their own feelings about guns, wars, or religion; and soldiers who can eat hot food or cold drinks, sleep on hard beds or soft carpets, drink alcohol or take drugs, and still maintain their composure.
In business, an unflappable person is one who can deal with failure or rejection without losing his or her temper or feeling humiliated.
1 adjudication A peaceful individual exhibits or feels no stress, rage, or enthusiasm. 2. a person who brings about a calmness; a calmer. 3. a person who has the ability to soothe others; a soothing person.
Calming means different things to different people. To some, it means being quiet and not disturbing others. To others, it means having a way with people that they feel at ease around. No one is completely calm or upsetting, but some people have more of a tendency toward one or the other.
People look to professionals for help in dealing with their emotional problems. For example, psychiatrists can help patients deal with depression or anxiety, while psychologists are trained to treat children with behavior issues or adults with cognitive problems. However, even professionals can benefit from hearing about other people's experiences; this is why there are support groups for those who suffer from the same disease or issue.
In terms of everyday life, learning how to calm yourself when you need to is important. You could use meditation or breathing exercises to help you become more focused before an interview or test. Some people find music to be very helpful in relaxing them before a big event or challenge at work.
When you're unafraid, you're not afraid in the least. If you're an outspoken person, you're not scared to voice what you believe. Anyone who acts fearlessly or bravely, or who is free of apprehension, might be described as "unafraid."
Unfrightened people often have courage; they may not show it always, but it's there. They don't worry about danger and they take risks. They can act without hesitation when necessary.
People use the word "courageous" to describe those who are not only unafraid but also willing to stand up for what they believe in. The opposite of courageous is "cowardice," which means showing fear when there is no reason to do so.
There are several words that are used to describe people who are not scared of anything:
• Anxious people are worried even when there is no reason to be. They go through life with clouds over their head. They look at every situation as something dangerous that could end up hurting them if they aren't careful.
• Fearful people suffer from anxiety disorders. They worry too much and think everyone is out to get them. Even when there is no reason to be afraid, they feel threatened by everything around them.
• Phobic people have a specific irrational fear.