Sunday, January 27, 2008


I've read this interesting article. Hope to share it with you.....

Do you see issues in black and white or shades of gray? The way you handle conflict at work colors not only your feelings about your job, but also your health.

People who think in rigid, evaluative "absolutist" (AB) terms--like perfectionists and control freaks--are more susceptible to emotional and physical problems than those who are open-minded and flexible, or "non-absolutist", says Alistair Ostell, lecturer in psychology at the University of Bradford ManagementCenter in England.

AB thinkers get upset if things don't go their way, which impedes their problem-solving and coping skilss, he explains. This may translate into health complications such as insomnia, heart palpitations, chronic fatigue and high blood pressure. Also, says Ostell, "when people are angry, they increase secretion of the (stress) hormone cortisol, which tends to suppress the immune system, making them vulnerable to infection."

In Ostell's study, published in the British Journal of Medical Psychology,British "headteachers", or school principals, deemed non-absolutist were in better health, were less stressed and enjoyed their jobs more than absolutist principals. Though the study took place in the classroom, Ostell warns that AB thinking occurs across jobs and personality types.

People with AB attitude may find it hard to change their mind-set, says Ostell. But he suggests they consider the link between their attitude and its ill effects--and then try to go with the flow whenever possible.

Source: Psychology Today, Feb. 2000 (p.16)


Jean Dempsey said...

Good thing I'm more of the non-absolutist type of person. =) I'm telling my oc, perfectionist friend about this. I just had a retreat with her. And she literally didn't sleep!--Insomniac. Hehehe

Anonymous said...

good for ya :)


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