How do you distinguish courage from foolhardiness and risk taking?
The Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri sought to define the nature of courage and discovered, according to the journal Qualitative Health Research that courage isn't an inborn trait, but one that develops over time.
While foolhardy people may be out of touch with reality, courageous people accept and understand reality better than others. Courage, for them, is a matter of recognizing reality and trying to improve it, the researchers said.
Why bother? The researchers explain that developing a courageous character is emotionally satisfying. People who have courage feel good about themselves, which is why they keep doing courageous things.