What Is Your Soul Made Of?

By: Zoe Samuel

What Is Your Soul Made Of?
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About This Quiz

The idea of "the soul" is a very old one. An early part of human spirituality common to all faiths, the soul is the culmination of all the non-physical things that make up a human being. We all have souls, according to the belief, and each soul is different from all others. Some religions have scripture stating that, upon entering the afterlife, the soul is weighed or measured in order to determine one's place in the hereafter.

A common practice is to talk about souls in terms of what they are made of. When we speak of someone having a spine of steel or a heart of gold, are we talking about their bodies, or are we talking about some part of their personality? Are we really just describing a part of the soul as it is expressed in some outer manifestation of personality or choices? While no one is completely made of a single thing, as no single quality could ever truly define the totality of one's self, referring to the makeup of a person's soul as being of one substance or another is an interesting practice and makes a lot of sense. After all, some people are guided more by a moral compass than anything else, or a will to win, or some other motive. 

Take this quiz and we will tease out who you are and tell you what your soul is made of!

How important to you is the approval of strangers?
Not very
Extremely
Not at all
Somewhat

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How do major elections make you feel?
Defiant
Worried
I feel nothing.
Exposed

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What would you do if your best friend confessed a terrible transgression against you?
Confront them about it and come to a resolution
Forgive them
Cut them off
Confess my own transgressions

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How do you feel in the run-up to finding out what your holiday bonus will be?
Justified
Excited
Nothing
Inadequate

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What is your attitude toward karma?
We make karma ourselves.
I try to balance the scales as much as I can.
Let the chips fall where they may.
I can't say where things lie because I don't have perfect knowledge.

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How do you approach breaking disappointing news to subordinates in the workplace?
Gather them together, tell them and answer their questions
Tell everyone individually
Mass email
Tell everyone all together and explain all the reasons why it happened, then end the meeting

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How do you react to sudden, unexpected emergencies?
Swallow my fear and face them
Turn to friends for help
Run headlong into the crisis
Crack under pressure

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What is your attitude toward privacy?
I zealously maintain my own privacy.
I think everyone deserves it.
You're never really alone.
It's pointless.

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How do you want your friends to see you?
As indomitable
As kind
As cool under pressure
As totally fair

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What would you do with the money acquired via a lottery win?
Put it in savings
Give it away
Spend it on my real priorities
Spend it on the people I love

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Which of these people would you look up to most?
Generals
Holy people
First responders
Extreme athletes

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When do you most commonly feel fear?
In my job
Among the less fortunate
At the doctor's office
In private

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How long do you take to make major household decisions?
Assuming I have all the information I need, I think all those decisions can be made within the space of seven breaths.
More than a week
A day or so
A week

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To whom do you turn for career advice?
My mentors
My friends
My parents
The internet

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How do you deal with impossible decisions where there is no good outcome?
Make the least bad decision
Make the least harmful decision
Make the best possible decision
Make the decision for which I will be blamed the least

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How would you act if a client refused to pay you what was agreed on, after the job was done?
I'd be confrontational.
I'd give them the benefit of the doubt and ask about it.
I would be cold.
I'd discuss this publicly, so they might shame themselves if they act badly.

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What would it take for you to call out your own parents in front of others?
If they acted in a way contrary to my morals
If they acted unkindly
I would do it over anything.
They would have to have done some sort of secret, shameful thing.

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How do you respond to phone calls from charities asking for money?
I tell them to mail me their info, then hang up.
I usually give them something.
I hang up.
I offer them friends' phone numbers.

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What do you do when a stranger asks you for directions?
Give them directions swiftly and courteously
Spend as much time with them as needed, including leading them part way
Give them the bare minimum for directions and get on my way
Point the way on a map and ask if they understand

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For which of these jobs do you think you would be best suited?
Cop
Doctor
Pilot
Counselor

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How do you keep track of your feelings over time?
I ignore them.
I see a professional.
I write them down.
I blog about them.

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Which of these elements of life is most important to you?
My honor
The mark I leave behind
My goals
My community

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How do you mark your achievements?
Trophies
Stories
I don't bother.
Photographs

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Which of these bad habits do you view as a personality flaw?
Saying "like" and "you know" all the time
Gluttony
Nail biting
Slovenliness

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Which of these careers do you think is the most respectable?
Lawyer
Doctor
Executive
Politician

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What would you do if you were lost in the desert with only some basic tools and no map?
Determine the best direction and get going as quickly as possible
Take time to determine which route I'm best prepared for and head that way
Build a shelter and head out the next day, just in case I'm headed the wrong way and need to return
Try to signal for help

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How do you usually bond with friends?
Play a game
Eat and drink
See a competition or film together
Gripe about something together over coffee

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How well do you think you understand how others see you?
I don't think I have a good handle on that.
I may never know.
I don't know or care.
I think I know it pretty well.

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Which activity would you find the most relaxing?
A massage
Lying in a hammock
Relieving stress at the gym
Unloading my troubles on someone else in conversation

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How often do you find yourself paralyzed with anxiety?
Almost never
Every once in a while
Never
Frequently

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