Person AA ref by Person BB (Colleague)'s Universal Hierarchy of Motivation Report - How You React to Stress and Change

12. How You React to Stress and Change

12. Stress & Change for You

'Change occurs when one becomes what he is, not what he is not' — Beisser, A 1970 'Paradoxical Theory of Change'

Your profile here outlines the particular way that you tend to respond to stress, how it tends to be caused, and how you may reduce it.

Person AA

The results suggest that you may rush in to confront the issues without gathering enough information or ideas about the situation. If you are under significant stress then you will tend to see others as being intransigent if they put forward their views strongly but you will tend to believe that you are being suitably firm-minded if you do the same. You can generally deal with stress by remembering the “3T’s” – that “things take time” and developing your patience.

ref by Person BB

The results suggest that if you are under significant stress then you may start feeling powerless or ignorant, conversely situations which make you feel powerless or ignorant will tend to stress you. You may start making simplistic black and white value judgements or feel alone, unconnected and unlovable.

You could find yourself reacting to severe stress by taking failure personally, feeling worthless and guilty, or being very sensitive to feedback and becoming emotionally out of control. When stressed you might find that you tend to find it hard to get going in the morning, appear difficult to please or irritable, be hard to talk to and to not like being praised publicly. You could reduce your level of stress through; learning (such as a language, philosophy or ideas), reading, visiting museums or art galleries, or using visualisation techniques. Overall, it might help if you talk with friends, listen to others’ feedback, visualise and laugh more (also eat a good breakfast and go for a brisk walk or exercise daily).

Note: These comments are likely to be more relevant if higher Mental Preferences are significantly greater than lower ones (see the bar chart in Section 7 Your Mental Preferences).

Reflection: What has been your most stressful experience? Why did you respond the way you did? How would you respond now?

Using the information above, write down what you are now going to start or stop doing:

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