Tension myositis syndrome (TMS) impacts a wide range of people from around the world spanning all genders, ages, races and ethnicities. However, there are a few key personality traits which people who have TMS seem to have in common. Below is a guide to those traits as well as why they appear in those with TMS.
Those with perfectionism strive for high standards and flawless work, usually holding themselves to critical self-evaluations. While perfectionism can be a positive in some instances, it can also cause massive problems for a person struggling to attain an impossible goal. Failure to meet those goals can lead to self-esteem problems or even depression.
Highly sensitive people are extra tuned in to their environment, finding over stimulation from things which may be fine for others. Sensitivity can mean acute physical, mental or emotional responses which are in direction reaction to any internal or external stimulus the person may be feeling. Another hallmark of a sensitive personality is that they are very intuitive and tend to feel more deeply and process events at a deeper level.
Ambition, having a strong desire to succeed, is usually an excellent trait to have. Ambitious people have dreams, make plans and then actively strive to make those goals come true. However, the constant gap between the have-now and the future-want can create a lot of tension in people who do not deal with the rift in a healthy manner.
While everyone experiences anxiety at some stage, more people have anxiety ingrained into their character makeup than others. Those with a lot of embedded anxiety deal with persistent worrying and/or a fixation on concerns (large or small) which is out of proportion to the reality of that concern. Many with anxiety find it hard to relax and constantly suffer from a sense of restlessness and feeling on edge.
Those with people-pleasing tendencies are more than just polite or have good manners. People-pleasers: can’t say no (even if they want to), pretend to agree with others (even if they disagree), mimic the people around them to fit in, apologize often and need other peoples’ praise to validate themselves and feel good. Many elements of people-pleasing involve putting other peoples’ needs or the situation’s harmony above personal needs.
The most important part of the hard-working trait is that an individual is self-motivated to get their work done. The motivation comes from some internal reason that they can use to constantly perform outstanding work while working very hard. They have a reason to rise to challenges and overcome them, often using skill, effort and determination in order to succeed.
Those who have hyper-responsibility have an inflated sense of responsibility towards people and events around them. Wanting to help everyone and never hurt anyone can lead many hyper-responsible people to being pulled in too many different directions. Some may even fear letting others down so much that they fear interaction and seek to be alone.
This personality trait is defined as being overly careful or vigilant. This may manifest in different ways. For some, it means executing a task well, for others it means they take their obligations towards others very seriously. They tend to carefully consider things before doing them and are efficient and organized in order to be as careful of errors as possible.
Why TMS Sufferers Have Similar Traits
It may seem interesting that TMS sufferers have similar personality traits, although they may be from radically different backgrounds. That’s most likely due to the fact that TMS is largely a battle in your subconscious mind. The battle forms when all of the stress and pressure from those eight traits builds and builds until your mind decides to hide you from the undesirable emotions. Your mind may then repress these undesirable emotions of guilt and anguish (caused be perceived failure to live up to those eight traits) and instead give you something else to focus on – agonizing body pain. Knowing these traits and how they can lead to stress is a great way to better understand your own brain so you can refocus your mind and get back to a pain-free life as soon as possible.