This will measure your subjective Clarity, Pressure and Challenge.

The effects of Dissonance are sometimes described as an uneasy, even nagging, feeling that something needs attention, but we are not sure what.

It can continually reduce our strength, resilience and capacities in many areas of our lives.

It is always on; running mostly without our conscious awareness

and it can be a major source of background stress.

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This questionnaire will produce a profile of the level of subjective pressure you may be experiencing.

You can monitor that and gain better control over where you put your time, effort and focus.

Feel better, feel stronger, feel clearer.

How does it work?

The questions are intended to be subjective - you will be answering about how you feel. This is because we are measuring sensations, experience and intuitions in order to access the differences between what you believe internally and externally. Do you expect more of yourself than you would of others? How much do other people's views of you matter compared to your own view. How much do you feel others accept your expectations of them?

You will have developed your beliefs and values over years of experience. The research suggests that some of them will be in conflict. You may or may not be aware of that confluct when you focus onit but the conflicctcontniues like a battle inthe background all the time, evenwhenyou sleep.

The results should help to show some of the possible sources/structure of those uneasy or anxious feelings and give you an idea of the amount of pressure you may have running as a result.

Just some of the many effects of high levels of USF:

  • not sleeping
  • feeling grumpy
  • feeling overwalmed at times
  • angry tearful or just tired
  • insecure not standing up for yourself
  • lack of repecct for or from you.
  • confusion, indecisiveness


Measure personal pressure and challenge, internal and external.

To give you a measure of your:

  1. background pressure, uneasy sensation (dissonance) you are carrying from your own expectations of yourself.
  2. background pressure from your perception of other people’s expectations of you.
  3. belief about the level of personal challenge you accept.
  4. belief about the level of challenge you sense coming from others.

In addition, the results may indicate the overall effect of these unconscious stressors and the level of challenge you may be carrying every day.  Any dissonance takes energy away from other things.

What is Cognitive Dissonance?

Leon Festinger (8 May 1919 to 11 February 1989) suggested that people who hold two or more cognitions that are psychologically inconsistent, can experience a state of psychological discomfort called cognitive dissonance.

Cooper, J. (2019). Cognitive Dissonance: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going. International Review of Social Psychology, 32(1), 7. DOI:

The results you recieve are intended to give you a guide about how you perceive your levels of stress that are affecting your: Clarity and Pressure from internal and external conflicts.


You will also see an estimate of what capacity you have left - your remaining conflict capacity estimated today.

Many people have found this pressure can be permanently and significantly reduced and improved with simple lifestyle modifications, re-evaluating their own personal habits, considering their models of the world and attitudes. Coaching and or counselling can help a person get better understanding and control of their goals, desires, expectations, values and models of the world.


Some stress provides energy. Any score of overall USF dissonance above 40% may suggest that you should think about reducing your stress.


Contact Cliff Edwards for more information.