Can We Guess the Periodic Element That Best Matches Your Personality?

By: Zoe Samuel

Can We Guess the Periodic Element That Best Matches Your Personality?
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About This Quiz

The periodic table is one of the most familiar charts in the world. Whatever language you read, if you know the Roman alphabet then you can use it to identify the elements and place them in their groups. The shape of it is rather intrinsic to the properties of the elements, as they are arranged not just in order of their chemical weight but also in columns that keep them with those that are like them, for instance they have the same number of electrons in their outermost shell. On the far right, you can see a group called the noble gases, such as neon, xenon and radon. These ones don't react to anything much. On the far left you can see the alkali metals, such as lithium, potassium, etc. These are soft and shiny at room temperature and they hate water. The layout also conveniently organizes the metal and nonmetal elements. Things also get more and more radioactive as you keep going; the most recently-added elements are mostly artificially made and are incredibly radioactive, meaning they decay quickly and it is very hard to get your hands on them.

The elements are mostly easily learned by memorizing Tom Lehrer's "Song of the Elements", in which he set all of those known at the time to the tune of "I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major-General". Being able to sing this song is also a fun party trick! Still, however many you know, there is probably one that is most like you. Let's find it!

How versatile are you?
Not very
Very in certain ways
Enormously
Somewhat

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Do you love the water?
I loathe it!
I like it fine.
I love it.
I dislike it.

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Do you often overreact?
Not often
Never
Once in a while
Constantly

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Are you full of life?
Sort of
Not really
Yes!
Definitely no

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How beautiful are you?
I'm OK-looking.
Extremely
I have my moments.
Very but in an unusual way

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Are you harder or softer than you look?
Softer
Much softer
I can be either.
Harder

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How glamorous are you?
Not much
Extremely
Only rarely
Fairly

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Do you scrub up nicely?
I can do!
No need, I fall out of bed looking coiffed.
I can, but only when pressured into it
I think so, others may disagree.

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Do you get on with those who are not like you?
No, I prefer folks like me.
I get on with most people.
I get on with everyone.
I hate everyone.

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Do you do well in a group?
Yes, I love my group!
No, I like to be the star.
I'm easy, I work great in a group or solo.
Not really

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How comforting are you?
Very
Some say very but others say I'm the worst!
Fairly
Not at all

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Do you look good whether you're thin or fat?
I look better thin.
I look great at any size, yes.
I look better with a little more meat on me.
I don't know, I'm very thin and I can't seem to ever add an ounce.

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How great are you at your job?
Not bad
Pretty great
I'm good at some parts but not others.
Amazingly great

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Do people often take a chance on you without knowing whether you'll come through?
Once in a while.
No need, everyone knows I always perform.
Not as much as they should.
Yes, more than they should.

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Do people admire you even if they don't like you?
No, quite the opposite.
Mostly yes.
I don't think so.
Yes

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Do people desire you who don't even know you?
Nope!
Yes, everyone wants me.
Everyone knows me but not everyone desires me.
People who don't know me are much more likely to desire me.

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Do you like to attract attention?
Not really.
Yes, I live for it!
Only on special occasions
I don't like it or hate it but I do it anyway, it's a compulsion.

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Are you radioactive sometimes?
Not at all!
Only if I fall in with the wrong crowd
You'd think not becauseI look benign, but I can be.
You'd think, because I seem dangerous, but no.

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Can you be toxic when you want to be?
Only if I am abused.
No.
Sometimes I do it by mistake but never on purpose.
Of course

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Do people think you are a safe person to be around?
I think so.
Definitely
Mostly
Nope!

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Do you ever reinvent yourself?
I have once, just once.
No, I know my brand.
Constantly!
I tried but it didn't take.

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Are you welcome almost anywhere?
Most places
Of course
No, but I keep showing up.
No, I am banned from many places.

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Are you a good liar?
Mostly nope
Hard nope
Yes, pretty good
Very good though I always blow it after and tell, just to see people react!

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Do you like talking about what you do?
Yes, but people still don't understand.
No need; everyone knows.
I love it!
I like it.

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Are you easily forgotten?
Yes
Nope
I can be.
Ha, you wish!

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What would you say is your life's vocation?
Helping sad people
Making life awesome for everyone
I don't have just one.
Preventing people succumbing to hubris

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Do you mind offending people?
I try not to!
I ike it actually.
Sometimes it is necessary.
I love it!

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How important is helping people?
It's the most important thing.
It's not very important.
It's fairly important.
It's such a waste of time.

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Are you misunderstood?
Yes - to the detriment of others.
No!
Yes - to my detriment.
I was, briefly - to my benefit.

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How long ago did people first recognize your true value?
Recently
At birth
They still haven't.
Oh, they way overestimated my value.

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