Play a Game of “Would You Rather” and We’ll Guess If You Follow Your Brain or Your Heart

By: Zoe Samuel
Estimated Completion Time
6 min
Play a Game of “Would You Rather” and We’ll Guess If You Follow Your Brain or Your Heart
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About This Quiz

Left brain, right brain, the brain or the heart, we have a lot of ways of describing how people make decisions. What they all boil down to is discerning one of two ways of thinking, either the procedural, cold logic we associate with the brain or the carefree impulse driven process of the heart. While both of these take place in the brain and the names we give them are really just poetry, they represent an important concept. They point to a notion that some people are, either by nature or by nurture, prone to make impulsive decisions, rather than thoughtful ones.

While this basic idea can sound negative, that's not a good read of its meaning. What these two paradigms truly mean is this: some people make decisions with a bias toward a cost-benefit analysis, but their definition of cost-benefit analysis is important. If they decide to rearrange their vacation schedule to reduce cost and maximize time, they may leave out the chance for their kids to spend time with a beloved relative, which would be more valuable emotionally than the factors valued in this analysis. At the same time, some people make decisions entirely because of the emotional impact of outcomes, with little to no regard to the costs.

The truth is that most people sit somewhere in the middle. Are you more brain or heart oriented? Take this "would you rather" quiz and find out!

Home for the holidays: would you rather hear about your grandma's operation or your uncle's objectionable political views?
Definitely the operation
I'm leaning in the direction of the operation.
I lean toward politics.
Certainly politics

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Time to break a sweat! Would you rather run a marathon for a charity you support, with a painful blister the whole way, or just write a check to a charity you don't agree with?
Undoubtedly the blister
The chances are I'm going with the blister.
It's somewhat likely I'll write the check.
Definitely write the check

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You've been talked into adopting a shelter animal. Would you rather adopt a dog or a cat?
Certainly a dog
Probably a dog
I'm leaning in the direction of a cat.
Surely a cat

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You're at a party you don't have to drive home from, and there's no one to impress. Would you rather test the networking waters with strangers or get drunk with your friends?
Surely networking
I lean toward networking.
Chances are I'll go with getting hammered.
Undoubtedly drinking

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It's the end of the day. You're tired, but you're trying to save money. Would you rather order in or cook?
Definitely cook
Probably cook
I'm leaning in the direction of order in.
Surely order in

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You've won a free flight! Would you rather fly to see family you haven't seen in a long time, or go network at the city where your business is centered?
I'm going with networking.
It's somewhat likely I'll go with networking.
The chances are I'm going with seeing the family.
Certainly seeing my family

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You're buying a new car. All things being equal, would you rather buy a fun sports car, or a handy minivan?
Undoubtedly minivan
Probably minivan
I lean toward sports car.
I'm going with a sports car.

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You've got two jobs offers on the table. Would you rather chase your dream job for little money, or take the sure thing that pays well, but isn't close to your dream?
Certainly take the sure thing
I'm leaning in the direction of the sure thing.
Chances are I'll go with the dream job.
Definitely take the dream job

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You've got time to kill at the airport. Would you rather buy a book or a gossip magazine?
The book, surely
It's somewhat likely I'll go with a book.
Probably a gossip rag
Certainly the gossip magazine

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You're buying snacks for a party. Would you rather buy fresh fruit or cut veggies and dip?
Undoubtedly fruit
The chances are I'm going with fresh fruit.
I'm leaning in the direction of a veggie plate with dips.
Surely veggies and dip

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Bad news at the doctor. Would you rather it be a social embarrassment or a broken bone?
Certainly social embarrassment
I lean toward the social embarrassment.
Chances are I'll go with a broken bone.
Break my bone! Break it!

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Time to get loaded. Would you rather inherit a lot of wealth from a beloved relative, or win a smaller fortune from the lottery?
Surely the lottery
Probably the lotto
It's somewhat likely I'll go with inheriting.
Undoubtedly inheriting

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Skill upgrade! Would you rather learn an instrument or learn card magic?
Definitely magic
I lean toward magic.
Probably an instrument
Surely an instrument

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Time to get cultured. Would you rather go to a museum or a library?
The library, certainly
I'm leaning in the direction of the library.
Chances are I'll go to a museum.
Definitely a museum

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Zap! Time for a new computer. Would you rather have a powerful PC or a meh Mac?
A new PC, without a doubt
Probably a PC
I lean toward a Mac.
Certainly a Mac

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Strategy time. Would you rather make it because of pure hard work or nepotism?
I'm going with nepotism.
I'm leaning in the direction of nepotism.
It's somewhat likely I'll go with blood sweat and tears.
Hard work, indubitably

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Here's a philosophical one. Would you rather be a lucky gambler or a smart gambler?
Lucky, undoubtedly
Chances are I'll go with luck, get it?
Probably gambling smarts
Certainly gambling skill

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You've got the eye of the tiger. Would you rather be an amazing boxer or an amazing fencer?
I'm going with fencing.
I'm leaning in the direction of fencing.
I lean toward boxing.
Surely boxing

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Your kid wants to join the team. Would you rather your child play football or do full contact karate?
Definitely karate
It's somewhat likely I'll go with karate.
The chances are I'm going with football.
I'm going with football.

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You get a year of sabbatical. Would you rather use it to attend a university to acquire new skills, or work on your passion project?
Certainly the passion project
Probably the passion project
I'm leaning in the direction of university.
Undoubtedly university

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You've got enough money to get either a great phone and a bad plan, or a great plan and a bad phone. Would you rather have the nice phone or the nice plan?
Surely a great plan
I lean toward a great plan.
Chances are I'll go with a great phone.
Definitely the great phone

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The genie wants to know: would you rather have perfect health or perfect happiness?
I'm going with health.
It's somewhat likely I'll go with health.
Probably happiness
Happiness, indubitably

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You open up the morning paper. Would you rather the news be really boring or really exciting?
Certainly boring
I lean toward boring.
The chances are I'm going with exciting.
Exciting, without a doubt

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You're about to move house. Would you rather spend a whole day labeling everything before the move, or a week organizing everything when you arrive?
Surely label first
I'm leaning in the direction of labeling everything first.
It's somewhat likely I'll go with sorting it all out when I get there.
I'm going with leaving it until after the move.

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You've been invited to dinner and made a terrible faux pas. Would you rather have brought food the host is allergic to, or food the host finds morally repulsive?
Undoubtedly the morally repulsive one
Probably the offensive one
I lean toward the allergy.
Certainly the allergic one

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Your car radio is broken, and you've got a long drive ahead of you. Would you rather it be stuck on great music but at a deafening volume, or terrible muzak at a volume you can bear?
Definitely the muzak
Chances are I'll go with the muzak.
I'm leaning in the direction of deafening beats.
Surely the loud but nice music

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Everyone gets older. Would you rather keep your looks but lose your marbles as you age, or keep your wits but lose your looks as you age?
Undoubtedly keep my wits
I lean toward losing my looks.
Probably keeping my looks
I'm going with losing my marbles.

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In matters of love, would you rather have perfect chemistry in everything but physical intimacy, or only have chemistry when it comes to physical intimacy?
Drop the intimacy, indubitably
Chances are I'll go with overall chemistry.
It's somewhat likely I'll go with physical chemistry.
Certainly the physical chemistry

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Run for your life! Would you rather flee a natural disaster or a man-made disaster?
Definitely a natural disaster
Probably a natural disaster
I lean toward a man-made disaster.
Definitely a man-made disaster

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Take a look in the mirror. Would you rather people praise you for your intentions or your accomplishments?
My accomplishments, undoubtedly
I lean toward my accomplishments.
I'm leaning in the direction of my intentions.
Certainly my intentions

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