maintaining ones poise and bearing in the face of surprise and distraction

a.k.a. being composed, having cool nerves, imperturbability, playing it cool, rolling with the punches, staying cool, stoic

Complementary virtues

Contrasting vices

  • befuddlement
  • discombobulation
  • being discomposed
  • being disturbed
  • being flustered
  • being nonplused
  • being unhinged

Virtues possibly in tension


How to acquire or strengthen it

Notes and links


Mentioned elsewhere


Inspirational quotes

  • “Calmly bear the decrees of God.” ―Thales
  • “…as unconcerned for victory as careless of defeat, — not seeking to lengthen our term of service, nor to cut it short by a reprieve, — but earnestly applying ourselves to the campaign before us.” ―Thoreau