Montreal, Canada, September 29, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- PsychTests.com, a pioneer in online psychological assessments, has released its newest study on the role that personality plays in success. PsychTests' research indicates that the differentiation between successful people and less successful people could be summed up in roughly one word - fearlessness.
PsychTests compared adults over the age of 30 in low and high salary ranges - $75,000 and over vs. $25,000 or less. They uncovered distinct differences between the two groups in six areas:
1) Fear of success: People with this fear don't want to get their hopes up. They believe that success will bring on responsibilities and expectations that they won't be able to handle.
2) Fear of the social consequences of success: The basis of this fear is the impact that personal success will have on loved ones - fear of jealousy, of being ostracized or, on the contrary, of becoming the center of attention.
3) Fear of failure: This fear is often tied into the belief of not being good enough (i.e. self-esteem). A fear of failure can hold a person back from taking risks, setting goals, and doing anything outside their comfort zone.
4) Drive: This in the impetus that moves a person forward. A person who sets goals and puts the effort into achieving them increases their success potential exponentially.
5) Self-esteem: Those who don't believe in themselves are less likely to succeed. Even if they do get a taste of success, it is more likely to be short-lived because they won't feel like they deserve it.
6) Locus of control: Those with an external locus of control believe that success, and their life in general, is not within their control. Those with an internal locus of control believe that it is their actions that determine the direction that their life takes.
PsychTests' statistics reveal that people at the $75,000+ level show a lower degree of fear (of success, of failure, of the social consequences of success), and a higher level of ambition and drive. They also have a higher level of self-esteem (a score gap of 12 points), and take a more proactive approach to life, choosing to believe that whether they succeed or fail is entirely in their hands.
"It isn't that people in a high salary ranges are above failure - they can and will fail along the way. It's just that they don't let it dictate how their life will be," explains Dr. Ilona Jerabek, President of PsychTests. "These are people who keep their mindset focused on success, and who see failure as a lesson to be learned, not a self-fulfilling prophecy. Even if they lose money or go through difficult financial times, there's never that sense of 'Am I ever going to get out of this rut?' They know that they'll find a way to get back on top again. Your mindset is a major factor in how your life plays out."
PsychTests' comparison between rich and less fortunate adults also reveals that:
- 68% of those in a high salary bracket set challenging goals for themselves (compared to 47% of those in a low salary bracket).
- 81% of those in a high salary bracket believe that if they try hard enough, they can succeed at anything (compared to 69% of those in a low salary bracket).
- 66% of those in a high salary bracket would not be satisfied if their performance at work was considered "average" (compared to 51% of those in a low salary bracket).
- 40% of those in a high salary bracket admit that they've been plagued by self-doubt at some point in their life (compared to 59% of those in a low salary bracket).
- 34% of those in a high salary bracket downplay their achievements to others (compared to 41% of those in a low salary bracket).
Individuals can take the Success Likelihood Test at http://testyourself.psychtests.com/testid/2138
Professionals interested in using PsychTests' SLPro (Success Likelihood Profile) or other tests can visit http://www.archprofile.com/
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
PsychTests AIM Inc.