How do you cope?
For each question, choose the answer that is closest to how often you use them:
0 – Never use
1 – Use a bit, in some situations
2 – Use quite often
3 – Use in (almost) all situations.
A total score will be given to you after answering each group (A), (B), (C), (D).
* Please note down your total score for each section!
Which group(s) did you score the highest in?
That is the type of coping style you use most often.
You may have noticed that the responses were arranged in four groups.
Can you guess what they are?
(A) Feeling-based coping
People who cope with stress by trying to manage the feelings that stress produces. They do so by talking about how they feel, getting support from other people, or letting their feelings out. They might use meditation or physical exercise to feel better.
(B) Stress carrying
This is an unhelpful coping style where people find it difficult to manage their feelings. They take their feelings out on other people, carrying the stress over to other people. If you do have this type of coping style, do not be discouraged! You can learn better ways of coping through this program!
(C) Avoidance-based coping
This is an unhelpful coping style where people try to pretend that everything is okay and deny that there is a problem. They might go into fantasies about the future e.g. thinking that winning the lottery will solve all their problems. They tend to avoid talk to other people about anything that causes stress, and dislike it when people try to talk to them about it. They may avoid the pain of stress by doing unhelpful things like eating a lot of chocolate and crisps, or hurting themselves. If you do have this type of coping style, do not be discouraged! You can learn better ways of coping through this program.
(D) Problem-based coping
People who cope with stress by concentrating on the event that is causing it, and by seeing what they can do to make a real difference to it. Some people prefer to do this on their own, but problem-based coping can also include seeking help and support from other people.