Your Worry Profile

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This is the 12th post on worry. If you have been taking notes, you have a clearer view of your specific worry traits. Let’s put it all together into “Your Worry Profile” as described in Robert L. Leahy‘s book, The Worry Cure, Harmony Books, New York, 2005. It provides 5 questionnaires with more than 150 questions, categorized in over 20 ways that will identify specific problems associated with your worry.

Penn State Worry Questionnaire
This questionnaire is easy and simple to use since it has only 16 questions. A score of 30 or under correlates with non-worriers. Those experiencing problems with their worry will score on average above 52; chronic worriers above 65,

Worry Domains Questionnaire
People tend to worry about a few specific themes. The 25 questions in this questionnaire are grouped into 5 categories:
lack of confidence,
aimless future,
work, and

Health and safety are other domains that some worry about.

Meta-cognition Questionnaire
Your thinking is at the root of your worries. These 30 questions are narrowed into 5 factors that describe your theory about your worry.

Positive worry beliefs:
Do you welcome worry because it helps to avoid problems, stay organized, sort things out, cope, and eventually solve problems?

Uncontrollability and danger:
Do you control your worries and move toward their resolution, or do they control you, grow unconstrained, make you feel sick, anxious, depressed?

Cognitive confidence:
Your memory can be an issue. Are you confident in your memory and trust it or does it mislead you because it is poor?

Need for control:
Can you and do you control your thoughts? If not is that a sign of weakness and will you be punished for it? This factor makes me wonder … I am not sure I understand it’s relevance … but I‘m not going to worry about it.

Cognitive self-consciousness:
How aware are you of the workings of your mind?  Do you pay close attention to your mind, monitor and examine them?

Intolerance of Uncertainty
27 questions determine the extent of your tolerance of uncertainty based on these 5 descriptors:
unacceptable and should be avoided,
reflects badly on a person,
causes stress, and
prevents action.

Personality Beliefs Questionnaire
Wow – 65 questions … now I’m worried! But, as you plunge into understanding the full scope of your reasons for worrying you can’t avoid the need to understand your personality. The 65 questionnaire are summarized into 10 distinguishing levels that I‘ll deal with in the next post.

Your Worry Profile
These questionnaires highlight important ideas about your personality and your worries that prepare us for “Stage 3 – Analysis & Liking”.

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