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On the last track we discussed male stress. We discussed how stress is different for male clients. Our discussion included physical signs of stress and how those physical signs of stress are perceived differently by women and men. We also looked at symptoms of stress that generally appear to be unique to male stress. We examined two types of stress symptoms regarding male stress. Two types of stress symptoms are common symptoms and symptoms unique to men.
On this track... we will discuss the responsibility factor workaholic clients experience. I find that different types of occupational positions can create different scenarios for stress. I refer to this as the responsibility factor. It is comprised of three main elements. The three main elements of the responsibility factor are decision making, early assertiveness training, and specific stresses. This track will identify four specific stresses. The four specific stresses we will discuss are stress of anticipation, stress of visibility, stress of success, and stress of failure.
#1 Decision Making
#2 Early Assertiveness Training
At work, Dan had not only internalized early expectations for achievement, assertiveness, and reward, but he had added messages of his own. Dan stated, “I choose goals and grade myself continually. Whether it’s profit, expansion, number of clients, degrees or awards, or personal computers or Palm handhelds, they just become symbols of a quest.” Think of your Dan. Is winning more important than the win itself for your client? Does each success mean a new, higher goal must be set? Dan summarized when he stated, “No man ever wants less than he has become used to, although that is usually more than he needs.”
1. First is the stress of anticipation. The consequences of each of Dan’s decsions grew with the magnitude of each decision. Dan stated, “I have to try to cope with and consider more possible hitches and glitches than anyone else I know! I can’t help falling asleep worrying about tomorrow’s fallout from today’s decisions!”
3. Third is the stress of success. Every success set new standards for Dan’s performance, not only in the eyes of others, but in his eyes as well. With successes come new tasks and responsibilities. As quotas go up, so does stress.
4. Finally is the stress of failure. Not every decision Dan made achieved its intended effect. Dan stated, “At lower levels of a company’s hierarchy, a less-than-successful decision-maker might be given a chance to learn from his mistake. At my level, the policy is more likely to be identifying responsibility for unsuccessful decisions and eliminating the potential for costly mistakes by eliminating the decision-maker! My investors won’t support me if I make bad decisions consecutively.”
On this track... we discussed the Responsibility Factor. The Responsibility Factor is comprised of three main elements. The three main elements of the Responsibility Factor are decision making, early assertiveness training, and specific stresses. This track also identified four specific stresses. The four specific stresses we discussed were stress of anticipation, stress of visibility, stress of success, and stress of failure.
On the next track we will discuss Type A Personalities. Five characteristics of the Type A Personality that we will discuss on this track are competitiveness, impatience, perfectionism, polyphasic behavior, and hostility.
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