Montreal, Canada (PRWEB) April 02, 2013
Some call it “pop” psychology; others label it new-age hokum. Whatever the label, the belief that a positive mindset can benefit mental and physical health may not be as flaky a theory as some may think. Queendom.com, a pioneer in online personality tests, has released its latest research on the impact of optimism and pessimism on health. Their research reveals that optimists may have several health advantages over their more negative counterparts.
The power of positive thinking has seen a massive shift in recent years. Aside from the decades of research by renowned positive psychology theorist, Dr. Martin Seligman, proponents of optimism like Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith, and Jim Carrey have also added energy to this new wave of positive consciousness. Positive thinking, at least in their cases, has been the chain that linked ability with success. As Dr. Seligman put it, “A composer can have all the talent of Mozart and a passionate drive to succeed, but if he believes he cannot compose music, he will come to nothing.” But how about the impact of positive thinking on health? Researchers at Queendom.com set out to answer this question.
Analyzing the mindset and health status of over 6,000 people who took the Optimism/Pessimism Test, Queendom’s statistics reveal that optimists tend to have an advantage over pessimists in terms of their health. They are better-equipped to deal with stress (score of 75 vs. 51 on a scale from 0 to 100) and are more confident in their ability to cope with hardship (64 vs. 42). Optimists rated their level of health better than pessimists, while the latter were more likely to be have been diagnosed with depression. Queendom’s comparison of optimists’ vs. pessimists’ mindset also reveals that:
“A positive mindset seems to act like a buffer that can shield optimists from the impact of stress on the mind and body,” explains Dr. Ilona Jerabek, president of PsychTests. “This doesn’t mean that if you’re optimistic, you’ll never be sad, stressed or become ill. Your mindset, however, can impact your ability to cope with these issues by shifting your perspective to something more positive, boosting your resilience, and helping you find support. It’s not a matter of denying a problem, but rather, accepting that it is there and believing that you will be able to get through it. There is power in belief, and optimists manage to harness this power.”
So how does one shift from a negative to positive mindset? Queendom offers some tips:
Queendom.com is a subsidiary of PsychTests AIM Inc. Queendom.com is a site that creates an interactive venue for self-exploration with a healthy dose of fun. The site offers a full range of professional-quality, scientifically-validated psychological assessments that empower people to grow and reach their real potential through insightful feedback and detailed, custom-tailored analysis.
About PsychTests AIM Inc:
PsychTests AIM Inc. originally appeared on the internet scene in 1996. Since its inception, it has become a pre-eminent provider of psychological assessment products and services to human resource personnel, therapists, academics, researchers and a host of other professionals around the world. PsychTests AIM Inc. staff is comprised of a dedicated team of psychologists, test developers, researchers, statisticians, writers, and artificial intelligence experts. The company’s research division, Plumeus Inc., is supported in part by the Research and Development Tax Credit awarded by Industry Canada.
Ilona Jerabek, Ph.D.
President of PsychTests AIM Inc.
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