CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Fortunately, last week's earthquake on the East Coast didn't cause much widespread damage. With all the natural disasters and violence occurring in the world, do you ever wonder how you'll react in a crisis situation?
There's a lot of emphasis on crisis plans for big things -- think chemical spills or nuclear power plants. But for the more common occurrences that can rock our worlds, there's usually not a manual. My research turned up some interesting clues on behavioral tendencies.
Take a look at the following quiz to gain some personal insights. While these scenarios involve everyday situations, they can spotlight your natural tendencies and provide valuable information for course corrections.
1. An unexpected merger leaves you out of work.
a. You file for unemployment, update your résumé and send an email blast to your list of contacts.
b. You apply for a few jobs in your field and pick up a book about changing careers. Maybe this is an opportunity to try something new.
c. You use your severance check for a weeklong cruise to escape the situation.
d. You panic. It's been so long since you've had to look for a job that you don't know where to start.
2. During a routine checkup, the doctor finds an abnormality and schedules more tests.
a. You research the possible diagnoses exhaustively so you'll be prepared.
b. You do a little research online but try not to worry too much. It's probably nothing.
c. You think, "Why me?"
d. You tell family and friends you love them -- in case you don't have much time left.
3. You walk in on a co-worker crying in the lunchroom.
a. You put your arm around her and offer her a tissue.
b. "You OK?" you ask from the doorway.
c. You ask HR to look in on her.
d. You tiptoe back out, not wanting to intrude.
4. Something you have been hoping for has not come to fruition.
a. There must be a reason.
b. You're disappointed, but you realize we don't always know what's best for us.
c. You move on to the next dilemma.
d. You think, "Why doesn't anything ever go right for me?"
5. Your mom's best friend passes away suddenly.
a. You send flowers to the family and help your mom organize a celebration of her friend's life.
b. You send the family a sympathy card and go to the funeral with your mom.
c. You tell your mom to call if she needs anything.