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#81: Stress and Eating - Part 1

Friday, September 18, 2009

There is no shortage of articles and studies showing a correlation between stress and overeating. In this part one of questionnaires, learn whether or not you have a stress-prone personality.

Rate yourself as to how you typically react in each of the situations listed below:
4 -- Always 3 -- Frequently 2 -- Sometimes 1 --Never

___ 1. Do you try to do as much as possible in the least amount of time?

___ 2. Do you become impatient with delays or interruptions?

___ 3. Do you always have to win at games to enjoy yourself?

___ 4. Do you find yourself speeding up the car to beat a red light?

___ 5. Are you unlikely to ask for or indicate you need help with a problem?

___ 6. Do you constantly seek the respect and admiration of others?

___ 7. Are you overly critical of the way others do their work?

___ 8. Do you have the habit of looking at your watch or clock often?

___ 9. Do you constantly strive to better your position and achievements?

___ 10. Do you spread yourself too thin in terms of your time?

___ 11. Do you have the habit of doing more than one thing at a time?

___ 12. Do you frequently get angry or irritable?

___ 13. Do you have little time for hobbies or time by yourself?

___ 14. Do you have a tendency to talk quickly or hasten conversation?

___ 15. Do you consider yourself hard-driving?

___ 16. Do your friends or relatives consider you hard-driving?

___ 17. Do you have a tendency to get involved in multiple projects?

___ 18. Do you have a lot of deadlines in your work?

___ 19. Do you feel vaguely guilty if you relax and do nothing during leisure?

___ 20. Do you take on too many responsibilities?

20 points = lowest possible
80 points = highest possible

20-30 points = Type "B" relaxed personality
40-80 points = Type "A" hard-driving personality

(This test and others to follow adapted from Stress Awareness and Recognition Training Classes)

"If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment." Marcus Aurelius
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