A Personality Test

If we do something that makes us feel good, we are likely to do that something again in the future.

And, of course, if we do something that makes us feel bad, we will try to avoid making the same mistake again.
This principal, obvious as it is, does make the phenomenon of worrying difficult to understand.

Worrying makes us feel bad. So how is it that some people become chronic worriers?

It would seem that the unpleasant emotional consequences of worrying would be enough to motivate anyone to give it up.

It is important to keep in mind that worrying is not all bad.
It can serve to motivate us to try harder, to find a better solution.

So even if you scored as high as the 85th percentile, it does not necessarily mean that you have a problem.

The key is to discern if you are worrying productively or needlessly.

It can be difficult to draw a clear line between the adaptive and the maladaptive, but if you find yourself worrying most days, the odds are excellent that you are guilty of needless worries.

The attempt to change your style is likely to be worth the effort.

Everybody worries from time to time. You will find below a series of statements that can apply to worrying. Please use the scale be- low to describe to what extent each item is characteristic of you (Please note the number that describes you best in the space be- fore each item):
5 = Entirely characteristic of me
4 = Very characteristic of me
3 = Somewhat characteristic of me

2 = A little characteristic of me
1 = Not at all characteristic of me



1.When I worry, I feel that I am the only one to have difficulties.
2.Worrying about less important things distracts me from more emotional subjects that I don’t want to think about.
3.If I worry, I can find a better way to be as a person.
4.I worry because I am accustomed to worrying.
5.I worry because I have learned to always expect the worst.
6.I worry because if the worst happens, I would feel guilty if I hadn’t worried.
7.I worry to try to protect the world.
8.If I worry I can find better ways to do things.
9.I worry to try to better protect myself.
10.If I don’t worry and the worst happens, it would be my fault.
11.I worry about the past in order to learn from my mistakes.
12.When I worry, I think that life seems much easier for others than for me.
13.I worry to try to have better control over my life.
14.I worry because if the worst happens, I wouldn’t be able to cope.
15.I worry to avoid disappointment.
16.When I worry, I tell myself that there must always be a solution to every problem.
17.I worry about lots of little things so I won’t think about more important things.
18.By worrying, I can stop bad things from happening.
19.Even if I know that it’s not true, I feel that worrying can decrease the likelihood that the worst will happen.
20.If I worry less, I have less chance of finding the best solution.
21.Uncertainty stops me from having a firm opinion.
22.Being uncertain means that a person is disorganized.
23.Uncertainty makes life intolerable.
24.It’s not fair that there are no guarantees in life.
25.My mind can’t be relaxed if I don’t know what will happen tomorrow.
26.Uncertainty makes me uneasy, anxious or stressed.
27.Unforeseen events upset me greatly.
28.It frustrates me not having all the information I need.
29.Being uncertain allows me to foresee the consequences beforehand and to prepare for them.
30.One should always look ahead so as to avoid surprises.
31.A small unforeseen event can spoil everything, even with the best of planning.
32.When it’s time to act uncertainty paralyzes me.
33.Being uncertain means that I am not first-rate.
34.When I am uncertain, I cannot go forward.
35.When I am uncertain, I can’t function very well.
36.Unlike me, others always seem to know where they are going with their lives.
37.Uncertainty makes me vulnerable, unhappy, or sad.
38.I always want to know what the future has in store for me.
39.I hate being taken by surprise.
40.The smallest doubt stops me from acting.
41.I should be able to organize everything in advance.
42.Being uncertain means that I lack confidence.
43.I think it’s unfair that other people seem sure about their future.
44.Uncertainty stops me from sleeping well.
45.I must get away from uncertain situations.

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