Your Stress Personality is The Lion

Thank you for taking the Stress Personality Quiz. I am so glad you have taken the first step towards operating from your Center; allowing health, peace and transformation to come into your life. This quiz is based on the 4 responses of our nervous system. The other types include the Dog (fawn), Horse (flight), Turtle (freeze).

This quiz is unique in that it highlights how you respond to various stressful situations. Some responses are healthy but others are not and can work against your best interest. Understanding your stress patterns is the first step in learning how to create new responses so you can
stay calm, protect your energy and thrive in social and work environments. We all have this capability and I believe, being calm, empowered and resilient is our natural state. I refer to this state as our Center. 

When we are Centered, we are at peace, in flow and have access to the best aspects of ourselves.  We get taken off-center for many reasons. Our autonomic nervous system (ANS) responds to a threat in an instant with the goal to keep us safe and alive.  It remembers everything so responds to the level of danger or challenge based on the past. These responses may be appropriate at times, but sometimes the body reacts to a threat that isn’t there. Or you miss cues of safety because your system gets stuck in protect/defend mode. When our system gets stuck, these normal nervous system responses can become habits or personality patterns. 


The Lion is also known as the Fight response. This pattern formed when you were a child. No-one gets out of childhood and adolescence without experiencing some kind of trauma or stressful event. This reactive part of you likely didn’t get the safety, love and reassurance he/she needed at times.

The great news is that love and safety are within you. You access it from your Center. And with practice, this habitual stress pattern can shift so you operate more and more from your Center. The Healthy fight response has the goal of self-preservation. It allows you to assert yourself, create boundaries, take right action and compete. This is also the energy of the Momma or Papa Bear; protecting your loved ones.

The LION: At your best you
  • are a brave warrior for a cause
  • are a leader that gets a lot done
  • have many friends
  • are successful in what you put your mind to.
  • are a natural problem solver, manage conflict with ease and bring order to chaos.
  • like to make people laugh and always up for a game or debate about politics or sports.

The Unhealthy Lion

You learned you had to be forceful to protect yourself or others. You want to be control so assertiveness can turn to aggressive behavior. You believe you must win, be right, and in control. On a bad day, you can get angry at co-workers or people in your life and often regret it.

Relationships suffer as you can demand perfection from others as you try to control your environment. You stuff your feelings and have a defensive wall up in relationships.

Core False Belief:

Power and control create safety and loyalty.

Biggest Fear:

Abandonment, being wrong, feeling like a failure

3 Ways to Come Back to Center for
The Lion

The keyword for balance is GENTLENESS

The first step to shifting your stress pattern so you can respond appropriately to your life is awareness. The second step is compassion. These two core practices are known as tending and befriending. Acknowledging and witnessing your patterns with compassion allows you to move from auto-pilot reactions to responding from your Center. 


Mindful breathing puts the breaks on the fight response. Inhale to a count of 4, exhale to a count of 6. Take 5-10 breaths. Set your timer to do this 3-4 times/day.


Release stress energy through intense exercise. The balance the fight energy, explore Marital Arts such as Aikido or learn Tai Chi. Tense and relax each muscle group before falling asleep at night.


Practice self-compassion. Breathe in and out of your heart and talk to yourself like you would your best friend or a 5 year old child. “You are doing the best you can. I love you and am here for you.


Wherever the water flows, life flourishes Wherever tears flow, Divine Mercy is shown.

- Rumi

Are you ready to transform your stress patterns and reclaim your health, energy and purpose?

Let’s work together to free you of your old patterns, heal the trauma and emotional wounds and recover the natural happy and healthy you at the Center.

Schedule a free 20 minute consult to make sure working together is a good fit. I look forward to connecting with you.

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