What Life Stage Are You in Psychologically?

By: Marie Hullett

What Life Stage Are You in Psychologically?
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About This Quiz

You might have heard about that 69-year-old Dutch man who petitioned to the government to knock 20 years off his legal age. Emile Ratelband claimed to possess the body of a younger man and argued that he should be recognized as such. Spoiler alert: it didn't work. The court ruled against his case in 2018 and Ratelband remained 69, both legally and on Tinder, where he says he is disadvantaged due to ageism. 

While most of us wouldn't go so far as to petition to change our ages, most people walk around feeling at least a little older or younger than their birth certificate states. Different life experiences and personalities make each individual's inner world completely unique, which means we all develop at our own rate. Some people skip straight to adulthood during childhood and then circle back later on. Others are simply born with the spirit of wise, elderly folks. 

Regardless of what you see in the mirror or on your ID card, right now you could be in any psychological stage of life. You're only as young as you feel, as the saying goes. So, where are you? How young or old are you, deep inside? Grab a popsicle or a cup of coffee, and let's get started!

You get to visit your favorite ice cream place! What do you order?
Bubblegum with sprinkles
Chocolate with cookie crumbles
Frozen yogurt with raspberries
Hazelnut with caramel syrup

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It's 9:45 p.m. on a Friday night and your friend invites you out for some drinks. What do you do?
Tell her that it's a little late but I'll try to sneak out.
Tell her hell yeah and grab some beers for the road.
Pause Netflix and tell her she's welcome to stop by my apartment for a glass of wine, but that I'm not going anywhere.
Zzzzz. What? If it's 9:45 p.m., I'm already asleep.

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How often do you call your mom?
She lives with me, so usually only when I need something or plan to stay somewhere else
As infrequently as humanly possible
All the time! Moms can solve every crisis.
Every now and then

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Some big acts are coming to a venue near you! Who do you want to see?
Taylor Swift
Lil Xan
Beyoncé
Elton John

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Do you want to go to IKEA this Saturday?
Only if I can get chicken tenders and ice cream at the food court
No!!!
Yes! I need new end tables.
I don't need to buy anything, but maybe I'll come along and eat some Swedish meatballs.

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What do you do for exercise?
Play soccer, do ballet, run, play softball--basically anything!
Ride bikes, go skiing or go swimming.
Hit the gym.
Walk around the neighborhood or go to aerobics.

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It's 7:00 a.m. and your alarm goes off. What happens next?
I press snooze until someone comes and gently wakes me up.
I throw my alarm out the bedroom door and go back to sleep indefinitely.
I pop right out of bed; otherwise, I'll be late!
I don't use an alarm. I wake up at the same time every day without fail, make my bed and enjoy a cup of tea.

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Which book will you pick off the shelf to read today?
"Charlotte's Web"
"The Hate U Give"
"Never Let Me Go"
"East of Eden"

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You can only wear one color for the rest of your life. What do you choose?
Bright pink
Black - dark black
Blue-gray
Dusty mauve

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Where do you want to go for date night?
I'd rather have a sleepover with my friends!
Bowling
Dinner and a movie
The casino

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When you unlock your phone, which app do you always open first?
Tumblr
Instagram
Twitter
Facebook

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You have a day off work with no plans. It's pouring rain outside, so you decide to stay inside. What will you do?
Maybe play some video games. I'm bored just thinking about being stuck inside!
Watch YouTube videos all day.
Get nervous about doing nothing and clean the house.
Read my book.

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How do you deal with conflict?
Throw a tantrum
Run!
Conflict tends to get buried beneath my mountain of responsibilities.
I always say how I feel and address the issue head-on.

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What's your biggest long-term goal?
Explore the world
Become a YouTube celebrity
Excel in my career
Be happy

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Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hanging out with my friends
Partying in Ibiza
Buying a home and moving up in my career
Relaxing in the south of France

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You got a raise at work! Which regular indulgence would you most like to use some of your extra cash on?
Gourmet foods
A subscription to Rent the Runway
Fancy coffee
A laundry pick-up service

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Which game do you want to play today?
Twister
Apples to Apples
Poker
Bingo

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What's your friend circle like?
I have lots and lots of friends.
I have quite a few friends, but it seems like we mostly catch up on social media rather than hang out IRL these days.
I have a few close friends I can count on.
Many of my friends have moved away or passed on.

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What would you most like to add to your bucket list?
Go on an African safari.
Go skydiving.
Run a marathon.
Write a memoir.

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You have to live your life by one of these quotes. Which do you choose?
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." -Walt Disney
"Independence is happiness." -Susan B. Anthony
"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing." -Socrates
"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light." -Unknown

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It's pizza night! What toppings will you add to your pie?
Just cheese, please
Pepperoni
Lots of veggies
Ham and pineapple

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Which one of these famous people would you most like to meet?
JoJo Siwa
J.K. Rowling
Michelle Obama
Oprah

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It's time to get dressed! What's your style like?
Sparkly & fun!
Edgy. Check my Depop.
Work chic, all week
Comfy, a little vintage

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King Triton bars 16-year-old Ariel from exploring the world and meeting boys. What do you say to that?
That's not very nice. He sounds like a big meanie.
Let Ariel live! She deserves to adventure.
No one wants to be a controlling parent, but I think King Triton was in the right here. She was only 16!
Good riddance!

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What do others admire you for?
My sense of adventure
My wittiness
My reliability
My incredible patience

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What do you think about having a 9-to-5 desk job?
Boring!
No way; not me.
9 to 5 would be great; I currently work a lot more than that. Something's gotta pay the bills!
Hard work pays off.

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If you won the lottery, would you rather have the money in weekly installments of $1,000 for the rest of your life, or a lump sum of $780,000?
I have no idea what I'd choose.
Give me all the money!
Weekly installments, please
The lump sum, because I don't know how many years I have left

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Grandma made cookies! What's your favorite?
Chocolate chip
Peanut butter
Dark chocolate with sea salt
Oatmeal raisin

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Which obligation do you hate the most?
Cleaning my room
Thank-you cards
Taxes
Cleaning out storage

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It's time to plan a party! Where will you host it?
The amusement park!
An old abandoned warehouse
Anywhere but my house
Let's have a potluck at my place!

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