Resiliency Quiz

This quiz has been adapted from Maddi and Khoshaba’s Resiliency at Work and is meant to serve as a companion to this post. Read it! It’s a good one.

Part 1: Answer either “mostly yes” or “mostly no” to each question.

  • Do you wake up eager to go to work?
  • Despite fond memories of the past, do you look forward to a changing future?
  • Do you feel that your input makes a difference in how things turn out?
  • Do you rely on yourself to figure out how to solve problems?
  • Do you consider change to be a normal and inevitable part of life?
  • Do you see yourself as trying to grow and do better?

Part 2: Answer either “mostly yes” or “mostly no” to each question.

  • Do you feel most comfortable with clearly defined tasks?
  • Do you feel most comfortable with little change in your tasks/environment?
  • Do you put problems out of your mind in order to feel calm and happy?
  • Do you escape from problems by distracting yourself?
  • Does work (or life) stress you out and you don’t know why?
  • Do you work to pay bills and nothing else?

Part 3: Answer either “mostly yes” or “mostly no” to each question.

  • At times have you tried to undermine coworkers by devaluing their contribution or personal characteristics in front of other coworkers or management?
  • When you’re part of a team, do others’ contributions make you feel nervous or angry?
  • Have you taken credit for others’ ideas or product?
  • Do you feel personally attacked by changes?
  • Do you feel unappreciated and hurt when a supervisor points out areas in which you need to grow?
  • Do you use problems outside of work to get your coworkers or supervisors to take over work projects?

Give yourself one point for every yes and zero points for every no. Which part did you score the highest on?

If you scored highest on Part 1: Maddi and Khoshaba consider you to have Resilient coping strategies. You use the principles of commitment, control, and challenge to transform problems into opportunities.

If you scored highest on Part 2: Maddi and Khoshaba consider you to have Denial/Avoidance coping strategies. Instead of preparing for changes, you hope they’ll go away. You feel powerless and give up trying to participate in the decision making process.

If you scored highest on Part 3: Maddi and Khoshaba consider you to have Catastrophic Reaction/Striking Out coping strategies. Instead of changing direction, you try to make things go back to the way they were. When you can’t, you often disengage and feel under-valued.

For more, read this blog post.

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