Anxiety… isn’t Good for You!

Anxiety... isn't Good for You!
Anxiety… isn’t Good for You!

by Mark Steinke, Chief Strategy Officer at The Barrett Group

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “Those who are unemployed are feeling anxious and stressed as they search for work in a struggling market. The pressure to find and keep a job, in addition to everyday work-related stress, can take a toll on mental health.”

This feeling of Desperation is very common among job seekers be they men or women, technical or professional, entry level or executives. It is this last group, the executives, we work with at The Barrett Group to assist them in finding that next level of employment.

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You see, stress during the job search process brings up a significant amount of Desperation, panic, poor judgment and reactions. Studies conducted by “A team of researchers led by the psychologists and neuroscientists Prof. Markus Heinrichs and Dr. Bernadette von Dawans at the University of Freiburg, Germany, examined in a study how men react in stressful situations – such as job searching.”

Let me clarify that this study focused on men only. women’s reaction to stress has been studied and the results according to Heinrichs and Von Dawans is: “that women show an alternate “tend-and-befriend” response to stress — in other words, a protective (“tend”) and friendship-offering (“befriend”) reaction.” Whereas “men, in contrast, were still assumed to become aggressive under stress.”

The study goes on to say that “”Apparently men also show social approach behavior as a direct consequence of stress. With this study, the research team experimentally investigated male social behavior under stress for the first time. The results are published in the journal Psychological Science.”

So with executives (men / women) experience stress in job searching and both genders are moving toward a “tend & friendship – offering”, their minds are focused on obtaining guidance, assistance and coaching in finding that next job. A wise, lower-stress decision.

The Barrett Group offers executives the opportunity to reduce their stress even more with a solution that expedites the next career option for these executives.

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