Controls & Stress Tolerance

Controls & Stress Tolerance

This section examines how "in contol" someone typically is. Are they "obsessive" and "anal-retentive" or do they "let it all hang out" or even "lose control" once in a while?


The D Score is a further measure of the ability to tolerate stress. It represents one’s ability to perceive and react to obvious qualities of environment.

Adjusted D-Score

This score reflects how the examinee might behave if current stressors were “subtracted” from their life.


When the Control Deficit Index is elevated, patients likely have unsatisfying and somewhat meaningless interpersonal relationships. This is probably because they find it difficult to deal effectively with everyday demands. Their histories typically include social ineptness, poor success in interpersonal relationships, and times when they have felt overwhelmed by interpersonal demands.

m, FY, YF, & Y

These scores reflect situational stress. Situationally created stresses can evolve from any of a variety causes including trauma, failures, disappointments, emotional loss, and conflicts about decisions. Usually, they create considerable psychological discomfort for even the most well-adjusted person. If the situational stress experience overlays a chronic stress condition the new experience will amplify the pre-existing discomfort and sometimes can wreak psychological havoc on a person.