What Kind of Ist Are You?

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Do you have a life philosophy? You know, like a phrase or two that you like to live your life by? I like to think that I do somewhat, but it’s difficult to put into words. Or let’s say it’s difficult to sum up in one word. I think a lot of us feel that way, although most life philosophies are of a few types when you get down to it 🙂 At least, that’s what I’m hoping with my latest quiz!

If I’d have to say, my life philosophy can be summed up as “Don’t Force Anything” – or “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” It just makes things easy. I have lived way too much of my life trying to make things work that will never work, and that’s exhausting. I try to go with the flow as much as I can’t these days. But I don’t really know where that leaves me philosophically… kind of taoist I guess? I know my life philosophy if I see it, but it’s hard to essentialize.

Are you like me and a little philosophically lost? Or maybe just philosophically homeless? My latest quiz helps you figure out your view on life. No matter what your life philosophy is, I’ve got a label for you 😉 Are you an idealist, a realist, a pragmatist, or an existentialist? Take this quiz to find out! What Kind of Ist Are You?

Now that you’ve taken my Ist quiz, let’s get a little philosophical in the comments below. I’d love to hear all about your result and how it relates to your personal life philosophy. Is there a philosophy, philosopher, or even phrase that sums up how you try to live your life? What do you think of my life philosophy? Should anything ever be forced? Comment below and let me know.

12 replies on “What Kind of Ist Are You?”

“Painful as it may be, a significant emotional event can be the catalyst for choosing a direction that serves us-and those around us – more effectively. Look for the learning.”

Louisa May Alcott

These fit too

The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The person who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever seen before.

Albert Einstein

Yes, be different, but not for the vanities of being different.

Criss Jami

Do not be afraid to color outside the lines. Take risks and do not be afraid to fail. Know that when the world knocks you down, the best revenge is to get up and continue forging ahead.Do not be afraid to be different or to stand up for what’s right. Never quiet your voice to make someone else feel comfortable. No one remembers the person that fits in. It’s the one who stands out that people will not be able to forget.

Nancy Arroyo Ruffin

Idealist. I think it is true, though I don’t believe in putting ideals before people.

Philosophers that influence my thinking/life include: Kierkegaard, Camus, Spinoza, Hannah Arendt, Gaytari Spivak, Foucault, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Dostoevsky (I’m big on philosophy/literature overlaps), and religious philosophers such as Jesus and Gautama Buddha.

I feel like I’m forgetting someone important, but…yeah. ^^;;;

Interesting! He is on my short-ish to read list. And you are right, there is a huge overlap between theology and philosophy for some thinkers. It’s pretty cool to read about 🙂

I got pragmatist which is sort of fitting but also sort of surprising. I don’t know if I have a philosophy per say, but I try to look at life economically and think about incentives a lot 🙂 Maybe John Stuart Mill?

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