How Good Are You at Reading People?

By: Steven Miller

How Good Are You at Reading People?
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About This Quiz

Some people claim to be able to tell a lot about someone just through their body language and facial expressions. Take this quiz to find out if you're an expert at reading others.
How correct are your initial impressions of people?
Almost always
Most of the time
Some of the time
Hardly ever

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How regularly do you miss subtle jokes?
All the time
Somewhat regularly
Once in a while
Hardly ever

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How observant would you say you are?
I'm somewhat observant.
I miss things regularly.
I'm extremely observant.
Not at all.

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How good of a poker player would you be?
I'd be excellent at poker.
I'd be fairly bad.
I'd be terrible.
I'd be pretty decent.

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How good are you at noticing inconsistencies from how a person normally acts?
I only notice something like this if I'm really close to someone.
I sometimes will notice those things.
I hardly ever notice stuff like that.
I pick up on those things right away.

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Are you more of a talker or a listener?
Talker
Listener
I talk a lot, but I do listen pretty well.
I talk a bit, but I am a better listener.

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When you ask questions, are they generally more vague or straight to the point?
Straight to the point
Somewhat straight to the point
Somewhat vague
Vague

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How often do you interrupt someone when they're talking?
Regularly
Somewhat regularly
Once in a while
Rarely

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How closely do you pay attention to the particular words a person uses?
I pick up on word choice sometimes, but miss more subtle word choices.
I may notice a really bizarre word choice.
I pay very close attention. It can tell you a lot.
I pay no attention whatsoever.

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What does is usually mean when a person leans away from you?
They are going through a moment of stress.
I'm not sure, but something is happening.
I have no idea.
I'm guessing they are having a negative reaction, but I'm not 100% sure.

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What is most likely happening if someone is touching their forehead?
I'm not sure, but it's got to be a sign of something.
I'm guessing that something is off.
I have no idea.
They are under stress.

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What is most likely happening if someone is rubbing their palms against their thighs?
I have no idea.
They are soothing themselves from stress.
They are excited about something.
They are most likely experiencing something, I'm just not sure what it is.

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How regularly do you check your people-reading skills by asking the person if you're correct?
All the time
I do this occasionally.
I think about doing this, but it seems rude.
I never do this.

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Do you consider people-watching to be an enjoyable activity?
Not at all
It's alright.
I enjoy it when I'm bored.
I love people-watching.

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How easy would it be for a child to lie to you?
It would be pretty easy for me to know they're lying.
I might be fooled a few times before I figured it out.
I'd see right through the lie.
Pretty easy, I'm very gullible.

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What does a long exhale tend to signify?
It's something that someone does when they've been caught.
It's a big sigh of relief.
I have no idea.
They are under a tremendous amount of stress.

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What can pupil constriction and squinting signify?
The light in the room is too bright.
They are shutting something out.
I have no idea.
The person is bothered by what they are seeing.

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What does it likely mean if a man is stroking his neck?
I have no idea.
He is under stress and attempting to lower his heart rate.
He is soothing himself.
He is feeling the need to protect himself.

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What does it likely mean if a woman is touching the notch in the front-middle of the neck?
She is trying to protect herself.
She is very uncomfortable.
It doesn't really mean anything.
I have no idea.

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What does vagueness in a response most likely suggest?
I have no idea.
That the person isn't very smart.
That they are uncomfortable.
That they are lying.

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If someone closes their eyes for longer than a moment, what are they most likely doing?
The are uncomfortable and collecting themselves.
Thinking very deeply.
They are stalling for time.
I have no idea.

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What does someone furrowing their brow most likely suggest?
They are in distress.
They are confused.
I have no idea.
They are uncomfortable.

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What does the tightening of the face and neck muscles most likely suggest?
They are irritated.
They are uncomfortable.
I have no idea.
The person is in distress.

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What does quavering of a person's voice mostly likely suggest?
I have no idea.
They are lying.
I'm not sure, but it must mean something.
They are nervous.

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What does someone asking you to repeat your question most likely suggest?
They are stalling.
They are uncomfortable.
They didn't hear your question clearly.
I have no idea.

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What does someone clenching their jaw most likely suggest?
I have no idea.
They are angry.
They are uncomfortable.
They are in distress.

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What does excessive blinking or fidgeting most likely suggest?
That the person is nervous
That the person lacks self-confidence
That the person is a novice liar
I have no idea.

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What is someone most likely up to if they are clearing their throat?
They are stalling.
They have an itch in their throat.
I have no idea.
They are uncomfortable.

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What does someone compressing their lips most likely suggest?
They are uncomfortable.
They are irritated.
I have no idea.
They are in distress.

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What does a lack of eye contact mostly likely suggest?
I have no idea.
A novice liar
Someone who is nervous
Someone who struggles with confidence

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