7 Stress Personality Types: Is Your Personality Stressing You Out?

7 Stress Personality Types: Is Your Personality Stressing You Out?

6. Worriers

“Worriers” obsess over future events that may or may not occur. They hate unpredictability and they are constantly devising Plan A, Plan B, and Plan C for dealing with problems that may never materialize. This preoccupation with the future generates stress and interferes with the ability to deal with actual problems in the here-and-now.

7. Sabertooths

“Sabertooths” respond to stress with anger. They can become caustic and insulting to their coworkers, creating a negative vibe in the workplace that is highly contagious. One or two sabertooths at the office can create a toxic environment that ruins things for everyone.

Related: Toxic Coworkers: Dealing With 7 Most Dangerous Work Personalities

Do you recognize yourself in any of these descriptions?

While Dempcy’s seven stress personalities were designed to help us understand stress at work, they also readily lend themselves to understanding stress in college students, families, and social groups. Each of us can think of pleasers, worriers, and sabertooths who have prowled the different domains of our world—and sometimes, they just might have been you.


Written By Frank T. McAndrew
Originally Appeared In Psychology Today

Most of the time you might end up holding other people responsible for your difficulties, but the truth is, there will be times when your own personality will end up stressing you out a lot. Introspection can prove to be a challenge sometimes, but the moment you realize that it is your own personality which is stressing you out, then stop, take a deep breath, and try to deal with the problem patiently.

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Frank T. McAndrew Ph.D.

Frank McAndrew is the Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology at Knox College and an elected Fellow of several professional organizations, including the Association for Psychological Science (APS). He is also a blogger for Psychology Today Magazine. McAndrew is an evolutionary social psychologist whose research is guided by the simple desire to make sense of everyday life, and he is currently studying gossip, aggression, and creepiness. His research has appeared in dozens of professional journals and it is regularly featured in popular media outlets such as The New Yorker, NPR, the BBC, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and NBC's Today Show. He has written for many popular prints and online magazines, including Time, CNN, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Salon, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, PBS Newshour, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The New Republic, and Scientific American. Consistent with his long tenure at a liberal arts college, Professor McAndrew is also an award-winning teacher who is particularly proud of the fact that more than 100 of his former students have gone on to complete a doctoral degree in psychology or a closely related field.View Author posts