Courage vs. Determination

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Courage and Determination is that the Courage is a quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, or pain and Determination is a perseveration towards a difficult goal in spite of obstacles.

  • Courage

    Courage (also called bravery or valour) is the choice and willingness to confront agony, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. Physical courage is bravery in the face of physical pain, hardship, death or threat of death, while moral courage is the ability to act rightly in the face of popular opposition, shame, scandal, discouragement, or personal loss.

    The classical virtue of fortitude (andreia, fortitudo) is also translated “courage”, but includes the aspects of perseverance and patience.

    In the Western tradition, notable thoughts on courage have come from philosophers, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, and Kierkegaard; in the Eastern tradition, some thoughts on courage were offered by the Tao Te Ching. More recently, courage has been explored by the discipline of psychology.

  • Determination

    Determination is a positive emotional feeling that involves persevering towards a difficult goal in spite of obstacles. Determination occurs prior to goal attainment and serves to motivate behavior that will help achieve one’s goal. Empirical research suggests that people consider determination to be an emotion; in other words, determination is not just a cognitive state, but rather an affective state. In the psychology literature, researchers have studied determination under other terms, including challenge and anticipatory enthusiasm; this may explain one reason for the relative lack of research on determination compared to other positive emotions.In the field of psychology, emotion research is heavily focused on negative emotions and the action tendencies that they encourage. However, recent work in positive psychology incorporates the study of determination as a positive emotion that pushes individuals toward action and results in important outcomes such as perseverance and the development of coping mechanisms.

  • Courage (noun)

    The quality of being confident, not afraid or easily intimidated, but without being incautious or inconsiderate.

    “It takes a lot of courage to be successful in business.”

  • Courage (noun)

    The ability to do things which one finds frightening.

    “He plucked up the courage to tell her how he felt.”

  • Courage (verb)

    To encourage. 15th-17thc.

  • Determination (noun)

    The act of determining, or the state of being determined.

    “Through sheer determination, we managed to escape from the tornado.”

  • Determination (noun)

    Bringing to an end; termination; limit.

  • Determination (noun)

    Direction or tendency to a certain end; impulsion.

  • Determination (noun)

    The quality of mind which reaches definite conclusions; decision of character; resoluteness.

  • Determination (noun)

    The state of decision; a judicial decision, or ending of controversy.

  • Determination (noun)

    That which is determined upon; result of deliberation; purpose; conclusion formed; fixed resolution.

  • Determination (noun)

    A flow, rush, or tendency to a particular part

    “a determination of blood to the head”

  • Determination (noun)

    The act, process, or result of any accurate measurement, as of length, volume, weight, intensity, etc.

    “the determination of the wavelength of light”

    “the determination of the level of salt in sea water”

    “the determination of the oxygen in the air”

  • Determination (noun)

    The act of defining a concept or notion by giving its essential constituents.

  • Determination (noun)

    The addition of a distinguishing feature to a concept or notion, thus limiting its extent; — the opposite of generalization.

  • Determination (noun)

    The act of determining the relations of an object, such as genus and species; the referring of minerals, plants, or animals, to the species to which they belong; classification

    “I am indebted to a friend for the determination of most of these shells.”

  • Courage (noun)

    the ability to do something that frightens one; bravery

    “she called on all her courage to face the ordeal”

  • Courage (noun)

    strength in the face of pain or grief

    “he fought his illness with great courage”

  • Determination (noun)

    the quality of being determined; firmness of purpose

    “those who succeed because of sheer grit and determination”

  • Determination (noun)

    the process of establishing something exactly by calculation or research

    “determination of molecular structures”

  • Determination (noun)

    the settlement of a dispute by the authoritative decision of a judge or arbitrator

    “expert determination”

  • Determination (noun)

    a judicial decision or sentence.

  • Determination (noun)

    the controlling or deciding of the nature or outcome of something

    “genetic sex determination”

  • Determination (noun)

    the cessation of an estate or interest.

  • Determination (noun)

    a tendency to move in a fixed direction.

Oxford Dictionary

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