Montreal, Canada, December 07, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Queendom.com, a pioneer in online personality, IQ, and career tests, has released its newest study on stress management. Their research reveals that people who actively use healthy coping mechanisms to deal with stress are more likely to be happy with their life, their job, and their relationships.
Research from Queendom.com reveals that the manner in which people cope with stress can have a significant impact on their life - and there are several practical, healthy coping strategies that anyone can adopt to deal with difficult situations. That is why some people can handle stress with ease while others under the same stressful conditions completely break down.
Collecting data from nearly 9,000 people using their Coping and Stress Management Skills Test, Queendom research reveals that people who consistently use healthy coping strategies tend to experience less conflict with others, are more satisfied with their job, and happier with their life in general. Their most common methods of coping with stress include:
1) Positive Cognitive Restructuring: A coping mechanism that is useful when dealing with stressors that can't be changed or controlled (e.g. death of a loved one, long-term illness). It involves reframing the way a person views a situation - putting it in perspective, or finding the silver lining. For example: "There are a lot of people in this world whose life is much worse than mine." "Being diagnosed with this illness has brought my family closer together."
2) Problem-Solving: A strategy that is useful when a stressor is controllable (e.g. a difficult client at work, a heavy workload; exam stress at school). It involves taking active steps to modify or reduce a stressor. For example, a manager can reduce the stress of a heavy workload by delegating tasks to a subordinate. A student who is stressed about a final exam can join a study group or obtain the expertise of tutor or counselor.
3) Negotiation: This strategy involves modifying a goal or behavior in order to better adapt to or resolve a stressful situation. For example, parents dealing with a teenager who is pushing his or her boundaries can use negotiation to find a curfew time that both parties can live with.
On the flipside, Queendom's data shows that those who are unhappy with their job and their life and who face a great deal of conflict in their relationships are more likely to use "empty" coping strategies, including Rumination (thinking obsessively about a stressor), Opposition (lashing out or blaming others), and Social Withdrawal (avoiding contact with others).
"A lot of people believe that because stress is so common, it's one of those things that you just have to ride out, but that's where the problems start - the high blood pressure, the digestion problems, the insomnia," explains Dr. Ilona Jerabek, president of PsychTests. "The truth is, we are not as helpless against stress as we think. We are often amazed by people who have been through the most difficult human experiences but still manage to lead happy lives. What's behind this amazing resilience is a set of healthy coping strategies. You may not be able to change a stressful situation that you are in, but you can learn strategies to help you deal with it more effectively."
Those interested in assessing their coping skills and getting advice on dealing with stress can go to http://www.queendom.com/tests/access_page/index.htm?idRegTest=3106
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
PsychTests AIM Inc.