Montreal, Canada (PRWEB) February 25, 2013
Why do some people crumble under minor pressure while others march through major crises with head held high and their psyche intact? The saying “When the going gets tough, the tough get going” may be a cliché, but it is backed by solid science.
Queendom.com, a pioneer in online personality, IQ, and career tests, has released its latest research on resilient people. Their study reveals that developing a hardy personality is the key to dealing with stress, preventing burnout and warding off other stress-related health problems.
At the 2010 American Psychological Association Convention, researchers Goldman, Edmonds, Christensen and Kier presented some suggested strategies for reducing burnout in nursing, arguably one of the most demanding job fields. Their presentation highlighted the importance of developing a “hardy” personality. But what does it mean?
The answer lies in three C’s: Commitment, Control, and Challenge (S.R. Maddi, 2006).
1) Commitment – Hardy people tackle every task in their life, no matter how mundane, with 100% effort. They are able to understand the future payback of their efforts today, rather than getting caught up in the drudgery of the daily grind. Their life has purpose.
2) Control – Rather than sticking their head in the sand during difficult times, hardy individuals proactively search for solutions. They look for ways to improve their circumstances, even if it's just to make them bearable.
3) Challenge: Hardships and obstacles are merely challenges to overcome. This persevering attitude helps hardy people view negative events as less stressful, enables them to put things in perspective, and helps them stay motivated.
“Hardiness isn’t something we are simply born with; it needs to be developed and nurtured,” explains Dr. Ilona Jerabek, president of PsychTests. “Hardy individuals, through education, knowledge, and experience, develop a specific way of viewing and approaching problems. They don’t allow stress to simply take over and overwhelm them. They take a step back, put the problem in perspective, and then find solutions or ask for help. They find ways to channel/reduce their stress level, and use an arsenal of coping skills. In essence, when the going gets tough, hardy individuals get going.”
And get going they do. Queendom’s research on 3237 people reveals that hardy individuals exercise more often, eat healthier, and take fewer sick days. Queendom’s research comparing hardy vs. less hardy individuals also indicates that:
“The number of ailments that are either caused by or exacerbated by stress is alarming. This is why we need to be able to deal with stress actively rather than simply trying to ride it out,” concludes Dr. Jerabek. “This means changing the way we view stressful situations and taking practical steps to deal with them. What’s really interesting is that hardy people don’t even perceive the stressor to be so threatening to their wellbeing, compared to less resilient people. If they can’t find the silver lining, they just keep picking at the hem until they dig some out. Even if you are dealing with a stressor in the long-term, like a family member’s illness, there are ways to deal with the emotional upheaval, and make the situation more bearable.”
Here is some advice from Queendom:
Queendom’s Hardiness Test can be found at http://www.queendom.com/tests/take_test.php?idRegTest=700
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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.