The Scoop on Tough Cookies - TestYourself.psychtests.com Releases Results of Their Research on Mental Toughness
TestYourself.psychtests.com reveals how the trait of mental toughness can affect both physical and psychological health.
MONTREAL, CANADA (MARKETWIRE) -- September 6, 2011
TestYourself.psychtests.com, one of the web's foremost sources of personality, career, and IQ assessments unveils results of a mental toughness study using their popular Hardiness Test. Their study results indicate that mental toughness is a key to success - and to getting through the ups and downs of life in one piece.
The study results clearly confirm the old dictum that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Much like optimists vs. pessimists, hardy individuals, when compared to less hardy ones, see the world very differently. Where the less hardy see obstacles, the hardy see a challenge to be overcome. While the less hardy find themselves totally overwhelmed and unable to function when under stress, the hardy ones use stress as an adrenaline boost. Hardy people go where angels fear to tread; less hardy people wish they could just crawl into the nearest corner, role up into a fetal position, and wait until it's safe to come out again.
Analyzing data from over 16,000 test-takers, TestYourself's study revealed that hardy individuals tend to possess three key traits:
Gender comparison reveals that men tend to be slightly more hardy than women. Men are more likely to view setbacks as challenges to overcome, and feel more in control of their circumstances, even during difficult times. TestYourself's data also reveals that mental toughness tends to develop with age, with older age groups showing a higher level of hardiness than their younger counterparts.
"Life experience helps build character and resilience, so it's not surprising that mental toughness tends to increase with age," explains Dr. Jerabek, president of the company. "It's not only a matter of developing better coping and problem solving skills. As we get older and have been knocked around in the school of life, we develop a stronger sense of perspective and self-efficacy; a greater belief that 'I'll get through this'. Think of heartache and getting dumped, for example. Regardless of age, everyone feels hurt after it happens. But with experience, we get to a point of acceptance more quickly, and move on more readily."
"I also suspect that part of the age differences we are seeing is due to the younger generation being raised by overprotective parents," explains Dr. Jerabek. "Parents who are shielding their kids from any negative experience might think they are doing them a service, but they often go overboard. We need to experience and overcome some physical and emotional pain in order to develop a bit of tough skin that will protect us for the rest of our lives. We need to learn to accept responsibility for our actions, accept the consequences and move on. We also need to learn how to deal with 'toxic' people, injustice, and criticism, constructive or not. Rather than bending backwards to shield children from such experiences, we need to teach them life skills that will enable them to overcome difficulties and setbacks."
TestYourself's study shows that hardiness impacts both physical and mental wellbeing. For example, hardy individuals take fewer sick days, exercise more often, and have healthier diets. They are also more satisfied with their career, and tend to perform better at work than their less hardy counterparts. "The results for performance at work were actually quite staggering," explains Dr. Jerabek. "Mentally tough individuals outscored their less tough counterparts by at least 20 points on a scale from 0 to 100. It seems that they are simply better able to channel stress at work, using it as a momentum to boost them rather than sidetrack them."
TestYourself's study on mental toughness also revealed that hardy people...
"In the end, one of the major differences between hardy people and less hardy ones is that the former choose to act rather than react when life becomes difficult," concludes Dr. Jerabek. "While the less hardy person is left shell-shocked and wondering 'Why is this happening to me?', the hardy person looks for solutions, and prefers to ask 'What can I do about this?' Mental toughness is a choice to keep going, to keep trying, to be patient, and to believe that life is just one big roller coaster ride. For every down there is an up - if you're willing to hang on long enough."
Those who wish to take the Hardiness Test can go to: http://testyourself.psychtests.com/testid/2099
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