What Don't You Know About Yourself?

By: Mark Lichtenstein

What Don't You Know About Yourself?
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About This Quiz

To know oneself is to solve a mystery that usually takes the better part of a lifetime. Still, those secrets usually come in pieces, and when those pieces start fitting together, the big picture either brings peace or terror.
Do you often second guess yourself?
I do...wait. No, I don't. No...I do!
At work, frequently.
No.
Only when things are confusing.

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Do you feel comfortable with public speaking?
Gosh no.
I don't mind it unless it's for work.
I don't mind.
I'm comfortable with public speaking.

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Do you have any phobias?
Tons.
I have no room left for them.
None.
I have one, but it came from a trauma.

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You said yes to attend an event you are dreading. It's the day of the event. Do you go?
I fake an illness.
I claim I have work.
I go, but leave as soon as I can.
I go, find a reason to have a good time, or at least be productive.

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You see someone yelling at another in the street. What do you do?
I call 9-1-1.
I tell the person to shut the hell up or I'll brain them.
I ask the victim if they're okay, and ask if they want me to call the police.
I walk up to the man and say "Hey, you, stand right over here" while pointing at the curb. This is what cops often do to hoodlums, so maybe he'll think I'm just a cop and he'll back down.

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You see someone steal from a store. What do you do?
I second guess what I saw.
I turn my head and worry about my problems.
I ask the thief if they need this, and if they are really in need, I'll buy it for them.
I talk the person into putting the items back.

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Have you ever put up a friend who had a breakup and just needed to be out of the house?
No.
Once, for a colleague.
Many times.
A couple times.

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How bored are you in the course of a normal day?
Not very.
I'm always bored.
I try to think of things I can do to be helpful.
I'm only bored when I'm surrounded by idiots.

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Do you chase the dream?
No.
I can't.
I try.
I do.

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Do you know what the dream is?
I worry that I do not.
I've lost all sense of the dream.
My dream is helping others.
The dream is my life's great challenge.

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Do you do well with puzzles like crosswords and Sudoku?
Not very often.
They're a great time killer when I'm commuting into work.
No, I'm not great at them.
I'm a rock star at that piddling nonsense.

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Are you good with your hands?
I worry about that.
Yeah, though it hasn't done me much good.
I'm good at respecting others' space with my hands.
Not that great.

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Do you ever travel alone?
Alone? No!
All too often.
I always try to bring a friend.
When the terms call for it.

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Would you move for the right job?
No, that sounds scary.
God, yes!
I wouldn't do it just for a job.
Sure.

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Do you read a lot of books?
No, but I read magazines.
I read them to escape.
I read a lot of them for inspiration.
I just read a lot of everything.

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How informed are you about current events?
Not very.
I don't have the emotional space left for that stuff.
I try not to waste time worrying about things I have no control over.
I'm very well informed.

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Did your parents support your choices growing up?
No.
Yes. Well, we call them "my" choices, but were they really?
They were supportive, but then they were supportive of everyone in my family.
Yes, but out of respect for my judgement.

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Do you have much formal education?
I have a high school degree.
I have a bachelor's degree.
I dropped out of high school.
I have an advanced degree.

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Were you bullied at school?
Yes.
I was, terribly.
Only by one bully in particular.
Frequently.

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Be honest: were you the bully at school?
I was a bully for a bit.
I was a bully in high school.
No.
No, I was a target.

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Do you proactively stay in touch with people when you know they are going through a rough time?
No, I might make it worse.
I try.
I do.
It depends on if I can really be of help. I don't want to make things about me.

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Do you feel fulfilled at the end of a work day?
Sometimes.
No.
Usually.
It depends on the day.

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Do you ever think you should just up and walk away from it all?
I worry if I did that it'd be the wrong choice.
Every day.
No, I wouldn't do that to my friends.
Sometimes, yes.

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Are you the sort of friend people tell secrets to and know you will keep them?
Yes, but I don't think it's a good thing.
Not really.
All the time, but I won't tell.
No, because they think I'll judge them, I think.

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Are you a donor to any charities?
I worry I'll pick the wrong one.
One or two.
Several.
One, but it's very well researched.

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Have you ever volunteered for a charity?
No, I don't know if I could do that.
I'm too overworked for that.
Frequently.
I do it a few times a year.

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Have you ever set a boundary with a person you had not previously had a boundary with?
All the time.
Only professionally.
Sometimes, but not to be bad.
Yes, when necessary.

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If your best three friends were asked to describe you, what word would they all probably include?
Anxious.
Overwrought.
Sweet.
Intelligent..

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Do you feel like you are spread too thin?
I worry that I am.
Every day at work.
I worry I'm not doing enough.
Sometimes.

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Are you hopeful for the future?
More fearful than hopeful.
I groan when I think of the future.
I am hopeful that I can make a difference.
I have guarded hope.

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