Tag Archives: psychology

What Makes You Resilient?

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Do you consider yourself a resilient person? I think I’m a bit more resilient than I was when I was younger, but it’s always something that I’m working on. Over the years, I’ve started to believe that resiliency is one of the most (if not the most) important qualities someone can possess. No matter how charmed your life is, not so great things are bound to happen. The question is whether you can bounce back.

I’m always looking to improve my odds of bouncing back in life, and I recently took a whole free online course on resilience. I wasn’t planning on turning what I learned into a quiz, but I was so moved by what I learned that I wanted to share it. I learned from the course the ways in which I am already resilient (my daily yoga practice, nourishing my body with good food) and the ways I could be more resilient (forming better social ties, being more grateful, banishing negativity). I felt learning these tips will help me build a stronger life – both when times are good and bad.

Being resilient of course does not mean that your life is perfect. What it does mean is that you are able to solve the problems that come your way, even if you need to enlist some help to solve them. It means being able to laugh or smile when things are down (I personally have trouble with this). Resilience also means being able to follow your dreams, no matter how scary they may seem.

Want to know how you’re already resilient in your life? Take my latest quiz to find out: What Makes You Resilient? Let me know what your result is and if you think it’s true.

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What’s Your Introvert Strength?

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Do you consider yourself an introvert? Most Blogthings quiz takers do! (If you don’t, don’t worry – you still can get a lot from today’s quiz.) I think introverts are naturally drawn toward self-reflection, psychology, and even quiz taking. That’s why I felt confident writing an introvert quiz for everyone to take, even though introverts make up a small percentage of the population 🙂

Even though I love being an introvert, it can be trying at times. It seems like everyone has more friends and more fun than I do. Sometimes I need to remind myself why it’s good to be an introvert. I’m a good listener, and a loyal friend. I can get deeply immersed in satisfying projects – like knitting and writing. I tend to do my own thing no matter what the crowd is doing. I enjoy spending time alone. I’m rarely bored.

None of the above is to brag… I just assume that most of you feel the same way about your introversion. And even if you’re not an introvert, I think we all like to see what we get from our quiet time. In this world that promotes extroversion, it’s hard to sometimes find a place for your private self. In some ways, I think the internet has made this harder – with so much emphasis on social media and getting people to “like” what you do. We aren’t really encouraged to develop our private selves much anymore.

So, in order to encourage a little healthy introversion, I wrote today’s quiz: What’s Your Introvert Strength? Find out why it’s good that you’re an introvert. Or if you’re an extrovert, learn what’s good about your introvert tendencies (we all have them!). Let me know what you got on this quiz, and if you think it’s true for you.

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What Kind of Me Time Do You Need?

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Do you like your ‘me’ time? I try to get in some time for myself every day. I am a hardcore introvert, and I need a lot of time alone to feel calm and happy. I have learned that it’s important for me to carve out this time no matter what else is going on in my life. I think many other people feel the same way 🙂 I originally started writing quizzes as part of my ‘me time’ – and it still remains something I like to do for alone time. And of course, I also like taking quizzes to relax.

I find it especially difficult to get my me time in when everyone else wants to be social – like the weekends and the holidays. I do my best to be a somewhat normal person and participate in the world, but I usually have to spend the rest of my weekend or holiday resting. It’s hard to find a good balance. One time I’m trying to do is get some me time in when I’m around others, even if it means sneaking away for a walk around the block.

When it comes to alone time, it’s hard to know exactly what we need to feel good. Do you need to get busy and productive? Or do you just need to veg? Take my latest quiz to learn what sort of alone time you need: What Kind of Me Time Do You Need? Let me know what you get on this quiz, and if you think it fits the type of me time you need.

Discussion question: What’s your favorite way to get some me time? Want more ideas for how to relax? Take another quiz I wrote:  http://www.blogthings.com/howshouldyoudestressquiz/

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What’s Your Life Perspective?

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I don’t think it’s controversial to say that we all view life from our own perspectives. The difficult thing can be figuring out what our perspective actually is sometimes 🙂 I think that’s the hardest part of having our own take on the world.

My latest quiz aims to help show you what your perspective is right now: What’s Your Life Perspective? Some may see this as a personality quiz, but I see it more of where you are right now. It may or may not be where you end up 🙂 Let me know what you get!

Discussion question: When was a time where you temporarily saw life from a different perspective?

Five New Quizzes This Week – Happy November Tea Sipping Weather!

I was both indirectly and directly inspired by fall this week!

I was both indirectly and directly inspired by fall this week!

I’m so happy it’s November! I know that some people don’t like it when the days get shorter, but I do. I love the cold dark nights I spend drinking tea and writing quizzes. I really savor this time of year, and I think my quizzes are inspired by it.

Do you like fall enough to live in it year round? Maybe another season? Take my newest quiz, What Season Could You Live in All Year?, to see what season would be best for you to live in. I am pretty sure I’d be content living in fall or winter year round!

One of the more interesting things about fall is how fashion changes. Dramatic looks fit better, even in the daytime. The evolution of fall looks, especially makeup looks, inspired me to write The Smokey Eye Test. This quick image quiz will tell you what your drama style is.

As I mentioned before (and in many previous blog posts), I love drinking tea. I’m enough of a weirdo to drink it when it’s warm out, but I so prefer a cup of tea when it’s chilly. I have been drinking a lot of extra tea these days, and that inspired my quiz: What Color Tea Are You?

Fall is one of my favorite times for catching up on housework. When it’s cold and dark out, I finally get bored enough to do some extra chores around the house. I don’t love doing housework, but I love the results. If you agree, you might like my quiz: What Kind of Housework Are You?

Not exactly fall related, but I find that a lot of people I know are going through a career or education change right now. If you’re currently reevaluating your options – or even looking for a side project – you should take Where Do Your Talents Lie?

New Quiz: Are You a Doormat?

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Are you a doormat? Or do you tend to stick up for yourself?

Do you speak up for yourself? Or do you tend to let things lie? I don’t think I would consider myself a doormat, although like most people, I probably could have better boundaries. I tend to avoid confrontation, but if someone is really bugging me, I will let that person know… or get away from her quickly. It depends on who it is!

I have been thinking a lot lately about people who are doormats vs those who are balanced vs those who never would let anyone walk all over them. In particular, I think that striking the right balance between doormat and let’s say “justice warrior” can lead to increased happiness and reduced anxiety. I know for myself that a lot of my anxiety is rooted in being afraid of not handling situations well. If I think I’m going to get taken advantage of, I get nervous. But I also get nervous if I think I’m going to be too confrontational with someone getting under my skin.

Thinking about the balance and difficulty it takes to not be a doormat made me wrote my latest quiz: Are You a Doormat? Let me know what you get on this quiz, and what you think about standing up for yourself in general. Does dealing with difficult people or situations give you anxiety, or do you have a way of dealing with things that works well for you?

  1. What do you get on Are You a Doormat? Is it true for you?
  2. When do you think it’s important to stand up for yourself? And when do you let things slide?
  3. Are you more likely to confront someone and regret it? Or regret not saying anything?
  4. Take Are You Confident? What do you think of your result?

New Quiz: How Will You Get to the Top?

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What makes you a success? Take my latest quiz to find your quickest way to the top.

Have you thought about what makes you successful in life? And also maybe what factors for success that are not so strong for you? I have spent a lot of time thinking about both these things. Like many of you, I have my strengths and weaknesses – and they are pretty obvious. I may do okay when it comes to creativity in work and thinking up ideas… but working with others is not my strong suit. I would not do well with office politics, and I’m probably not assertive enough for most corporate environments. Some people I know, on the other hand, are socially savvy. They may not be the most creative or hard working, but they make themselves indispensable with people skills.

I love the idea of figuring out the strengths that each of us have in life. I buy a lot into popular positive psychology and its idea of finding your own strengths to emphasize. Some of us may never be good at small talk or math or design – and that’s fine. Use what you’ve got, and you’ll get far. My latest quiz, How Will You Get to the Top?, is inspired by this idea. Let me know what you get, and what your strengths are.

Discussion topics (Comment below and let me know any or all of these):

  1. What do you get on How Will You Get to the Top? Is it true for you?
  2. What do you think is your strength in life? (This could be a career strength, a school strength, or any other sort of strength that makes you more effective.)
  3. What’s a strength that others have that you feel like you lack? Or that you’re at least not above average for? How do you compensate with other strengths?
  4. Take What Should You Work With? What do you think of your result?


New Quiz: Do You Forgive and Forget?

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Do you believe in forgiveness? How easily do you forgive?

Are you big on forgiveness? I know that a lot of religions and belief systems place a huge importance on forgiveness, but I think it’s more interesting to look at forgiveness from a psychological point of view. There have been studies that show that forgiveness is good for us – it makes us healthier and happier. However, there are also some people that think unconditional forgiveness can perpetuate authoritarianism and abuse. So is forgiveness not all it seems?

I’m not sure how I feel about forgiveness completely, but I generally think it’s good to let go of what others have done to you – even if that isn’t technically forgiving them. I assume that most of the positive psychology studies about forgiveness are focusing on the “shelving” of the past and wrongdoings. As far as forgiveness perpetuating an unhealthy dynamic, I suppose that depends on whether you are changing boundaries and relationships before you forgive… or just forgiving blindly.

Anyway, I thought this would be an interesting topic for a quiz, and maybe even a discussion about what the concept of forgiveness means to all of us. I’m still figuring it out myself, but I do think there is a difference between forgiving and forgetting… and forgiving and not forgetting! How about you? Do You Forgive and Forget? Let me know what you get on this quiz and think of this topic.

Discussion topics (Comment below and let me know any or all of these):

  1. What do you get on Do You Forgive and Forget? Is it true for you?
  2. How do you feel about forgiving others? Are you quick or reluctant to do so?
  3. Do you agree that there are downsides to forgiveness? Or do you think that people who claim this misunderstand what forgiveness is?
  4. Take Do You Hold a Grudge? What do you think of your result?

New Quiz: The Rock-Paper-Scissors Test

symbols for rock, paper, and scissors

What do you choose: rock, paper, or scissors? And what does it say about you?

Have you ever played rock-paper-scissors? For those of you who may not be familiar with the game, it’s a simple way to determine a winner in a short amount of time. Each player makes a hand signal signifying rock, paper, or scissors at the exact same time. If both players make the same signal, that round is a tie. However, if the signals are different, then someone wins the game. In a game with rock and scissors, rock wins because rock crushes scissors. In a game with scissors and paper, scissors win because scissors cut paper.  In a game with paper and rock, paper wins, because paper covers rock.

Whew! Now that everyone is caught up to speed on rock-paper-scissors, let’s talk strategy. I know that everyone has one, and some are better than others. I’m typically pretty terrible at rock-paper-scissors because I’m easily psyched out, but I have found that the best strategy is to try to do whatever the other player last did. It tends to psych people out. I actually read that the best strategy for rock-paper-scissors may be to play it with your eyes closed, so you’re not influenced by what the other player is doing. Crazy!

No matter what you decide for how you play rock-paper-scissors, you have to start with a certain choice… and that can be difficult if you don’t know how the other person plays. It turns out that many people think your personality has a lot to do with if you choose rock, paper, or scissors. Do you agree? Take The Rock-Paper-Scissors Test. Does your result fit you?

Discussion topics (Comment below and let me know any or all of these):

  1. What do you get on The Rock-Paper-Scissors Test? Is it true for you?
  2. Do you like playing rock-paper-scissors? Why or why not?
  3. Do you have an a rock-paper-scissors strategy? Or do you just do it randomly?
  4. Take Are You Rock, Paper, or Scissors? What do you think of your result?

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New Quiz: What’s Your Sense of Humor Like?

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What sort of sense of humor do you have? Take my quiz to find out!

Do you have a good sense of humor? Even if don’t think you’re all that funny, you probably have a better sense of humor than you realize. Maybe you’re simply sarcastic and quippy… or witty and observational. I think we all have varying humor personalities – both in the humor we use and the humor we appreciate. That’s why sometimes the best joke goes flat with the “wrong crowd” or why your friends think you’re hilarious, even when you aren’t trying to be.

I have been wanting to write a quiz about humor style for a while, but I didn’t know where to begin. There’s so many types of humor in the world, and trying to break humor into categories seemed like an impossible task to me. Luckily, I stumbled upon the research of Dr. Rod Martin recently, and I liked the way he put humor into four categories. I have drawn from his basic framework for this quiz, but I will admit that I tweaked it a bit. I found his research to be a bit preachy and labeling for my taste, and I wanted a humor quiz to be fun!

Anyway, take What’s Your Sense of Humor Like?, and let me know what you get. Does your result fit you? I’d love to hear more about what sort of humor you like in the comments below!

Discussion topics (Comment below and let me know any or all of these):

  1. What do you get on What’s Your Sense of Humor Like? Is it true for you?
  2. Do you consider yourself  funny person? Why or why not?
  3. Have you consciously worked on being funnier? Or does whatever sense of humor you have come naturally to you?
  4. What comedians, tv shows, and / or movies do you find funny?
  5. Take Do You Have a Good Sense of Humor? What do you think of your result?

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