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Which stress personality are you?
Learn how to cope with your stress by better understanding which stress personality type you are.
- Stress is a complex defense mechanism that is highly personal and can vary depending on the situation.
- Your personality greatly impacts how you cope with stress, research suggests.
- You can learn how to cope with your day-to-day stressors by understanding which "stress personality type" you are.
Which stress personality are you?
Understanding your personality type can help you cope with stress.
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Stress is a complex defense mechanism that is highly personal and can vary depending on the situation. How we feel stress, how our bodies react to it, how we cope with it - all of those things are very indicative of our personalities, mindsets, and willingness to adapt.
Mary Dempcy (along with colleague Rene Tihista) researched and compiled a unique model for handling stress (at work, at home, in relationships, etc). These "inner selves", as they are so often referred to in their book "7 Stress Personalities: A Look At Your Selves", must be recognized and managed in order to deal with stress in a productive and positive manner.
According to a 2007 study on stress and personality traits, personality traits such as neuroticism, extraversion, sense of humor, persistence, fatalism, and conscientiousness all factor into how we manage a stressful situation.
Do any of these personality types sound like you?
- Wants everyone to be happy.
- Often sacrifice their own interests for the sake of what's best for a group.
- Pleasers are gracious most of the time but may become resentful over time and feel underappreciated because they have taken on too much.
To cope with stress, the Pleaser should prioritize their schedule and manage time in a more realistic way, which can serve as motivation to get more done.
- Like being in charge, taking responsibility.
- They aren't driven by the need to make others happy but are fueled by a need to feel needed and competent.
- Timekeepers may find themselves taking on too much causing them to feel overwhelmed, anxious, and stressed.
To cope with stress, the Timekeeper should take a full 60 seconds before deciding what to do (or taking on any additional responsibilities). Use this time to consider if you are the best person for the job, if you have the time to get the job done properly and if you really want to take on this particular responsibility.
- Ambitious and competitive, pushing themselves to their limits frequently.
- A desire to be the best.
- Strivers may burn out fairly quickly due to never giving themselves time to recover and can feel envious over other people's successes.
To cope with stress, the Striver should learn to ask for help when they need it. Understanding you may not be able to accomplish everything on your own doesn't mean you've failed - after all, asking for help may make the project you're working on come out with even better results, which will look good on your part.
The Inner Con Artist
- Not very hardworking but may be unaware of how hard other people work - they underestimate how much effort it takes to be successful.
- May procrastinate and avoid conflict, which leads to more stress.
- Inner Con Artists don't often communicate well with coworkers or management, putting themselves in a difficult position once they realize they need help.
To cope with stress, the Inner Con Artist should create a realistic schedule that doesn't seem like a large to-do list but is more like a small motivation list. Instead of designing a system where you feel more stressed and feel as though you're falling behind, this will give you a more concise list that makes you feel motivated when you check off an item.
The Critical Judge
- Their own worst enemy - they set too high personal standards for themselves often setting themselves up for feelings of failure.
- Very focused on their own shortcomings in an unproductive way.
- Critical Judges can often get into a downward spiral and reach a crisis of confidence due to their inability to see their own successes.
To cope with stress, the Judge may need to acknowledge that much of your stress is self-inflicted and the only way to decrease your level of stress is to take some of the pressure off yourself.
- Obsessive over the future and hate unpredictability.
- Constantly devising multiple plans for any scenario that could happen.
- Worries often generate stress over situations that haven't happened yet or that very likely would not happen, which leaves them unable to deal with here-and-now problems.
To cope with stress, the Worrier should ask themselves one simple thing: what can I do right now to lessen my stress? Asking this clear question will provide one clear answer that will lessen the tension and worry you feel about your to-do list.
- The initial response to feeling stressed or overwhelmed is anger of frustration.
- They often create negative vibes around themselves that can put other people in a bad mood as well.
- Sabertooths can create a toxic environment, overwhelming stress and anxiety for those around them and are not particularly productive in problem-solving.
To cope with stress, the Sabertooth should take a full 60 seconds of pause (not doing anything at all) before reacting to any stressful situation. Don't take this time to think about how to tackle the situation - just pause and clear your mind and come back to the problem with a clear head.
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- The futuristic megacity Neom is being built in Saudi Arabia.
- The city will be fully automated, leading in health, education and quality of life.
- It will feature an artificial moon, cloud seeding, robotic gladiators and flying taxis.
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Frequent shopping for single items adds to our carbon footprint.
- A new study shows e-commerce sites like Amazon leave larger greenhouse gas footprints than retail stores.
- Ordering online from retail stores has an even smaller footprint than going to the store yourself.
- Greening efforts by major e-commerce sites won't curb wasteful consumer habits. Consolidating online orders can make a difference.
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Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images<p>A large part of the reason is speed. In a competitive market, pure players use the equation, <em>speed + convenience</em>, to drive adoption. This is especially relevant to the "last mile" GHG footprint: the distance between the distribution center and the consumer.</p><p>Interestingly, the smallest GHG footprint occurs when you order directly from a physical store—even smaller than going there yourself. Pure players, such as Amazon, are the greatest offenders. Variables like geographic location matter; the team looked at shopping in the UK, the US, China, and the Netherlands. </p><p>Sadegh Shahmohammadi, a PhD student at the Netherlands' Radboud University and corresponding author of the paper, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/26/tech/greenhouse-gas-emissions-retail/index.html" target="_blank">says</a> the above "pattern holds true in countries where people mostly drive. It really depends on the country and consumer behavior there."</p><p>The researchers write that this year-and-a-half long study pushes back on previous research that claims online shopping to be better in terms of GHG footprints.</p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"They have, however, compared the GHG emissions per shopping event and did not consider the link between the retail channels and the basket size, which leads to a different conclusion than that of the current study."</p><p>Online retail is where convenience trumps environment: people tend to order one item at a time when shopping on pure player sites, whereas they stock up on multiple items when visiting a store. Consumers will sometimes order a number of separate items over the course of a week rather than making one trip to purchase everything they need. </p><p>While greening efforts by online retailers are important, until a shift in consumer attitude changes, the current carbon footprint will be a hard obstacle to overcome. Amazon is trying to have it both ways—carbon-free and convenience addicted—and the math isn't adding up. If you need to order things, do it online, but try to consolidate your purchases as much as possible.</p><p>--</p><p><em>Stay in touch with Derek on <a href="http://www.twitter.com/derekberes" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DerekBeresdotcom" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://derekberes.substack.com/" target="_blank">Substack</a>. His next book is</em> "<em>Hero's Dose: The Case For Psychedelics in Ritual and Therapy."</em></p>
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