Which Animal Is Your Kindred Spirit?

By: Zoe Samuel
Estimated Completion Time
5 min
Which Animal Is Your Kindred Spirit?
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About This Quiz

People are like animals. On a very literal level, people must eat and sleep and reproduce, as animals do. On a slightly more poetic level, some people are angry and aggressive like sharks, while others are strong and gentle like mother bears.

People have compared themselves to animals since we separated from them thousands of years ago. Shamans enact rituals to have totemic animals spirits inhabit their bodies, to achieve physical feats impossible for people. Sports teams chose animals as mascots, to imbue the team with a kind of animal aggression. Pet owners compare themselves to their pets, seeing aspects of their personalities in their birds, dogs, cats, and even fish.

Much of the reason we try to preserve disappearing species is that we feel a strong relationship with the other creatures on this tiny blue orb we live on. The vulnerability of animals mirrors our own vulnerabilities, and watching their behavior reminds us of our place in the food chain, and how quickly those roles can change.

Are you as clever as a fox? Are you as quick as a snipe? Are you as strong as an ox? Have you ever wondered what animal kinship is strongest in you? It's easy to know! Just take this quiz.

Do you spend a lot of time alone?
Loads of time.
I'm usually with someone, but I like to roam on my own.
I'm always with my family.
I frequently leave the nest to strike out on my own for a while.

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How much do you prize your freedom?
It's important but only within the narrow area I care about.
I need someone to tell me what to do.
I prefer a gilded cage.
I prize freedom above all else.

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How sociable are you?
I'm very antisocial.
I'm friendly to my friends and family.
I make friends, but not easily.
I'm very friendly to folks like me.

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How much do you prize wisdom?
I don't need wisdom, I need food.
It's okay.
Above all else.
Wisdom allows all else in life.

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How much do you value routine?
In the macro sense I like routine. In the micro sense, not at all.
I need routine on a daily basis.
I like routines, right down to the hour.
I need no routines.

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How deeply do you sleep?
Like the dead.
Deeply.
I'm a light sleeper.
I sleep with one eye open.

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How aggressive are you at work?
I'm like a train. I'm slow to get going but once I'm on my way, nothing can stop me.
I'm amiable until aggression is called for, and then I champ at the bit.
I'm very easygoing.
I'm as aggressive as an F-22 jet fighter.

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How physically imposing are you?
I'm towering.
I can be imposing when I put up my hackles.
Not at all.
I'm impressive but not imposing.

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How sharp-witted are you?
I'm not too sharp, but I don't need to be.
I'm sharp enough.
I survive by my wits.
I'm a master tactician.

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How laid back are you?
I have a short fuse.
I'm very easygoing.
I'm super chill.
I'm always on edge.

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How extreme is your lifestyle?
It doesn't get much more extreme than my lifestyle.
It's usually very tame, but sometimes it's exciting.
It's totally tame.
My life is spent reaching for the face of God. Nothing is more extreme than my life.

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How tribalistic are you?
Not very. My people can get in my way sometimes.
I'm totally tribalistic.
I'm cool with anyone who is easygoing and shows they aren't a threat.
I'm mostly loyal to my immediate family, but I can occasionally make friends.

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Who would call you beautiful?
Weight lifters.
Marathon runners.
Swimmers.
Ballet dancers.

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How would you describe your relationships?
Short.
Passionate, but not too long.
Numerous, but overlapping.
Long and steady.

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How difficult is your life day to day?
My life is a struggle.
My life is really easy.
My life is usually pretty humdrum.
My life is difficult but rewarding.

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How respected are you?
By those who know me? I'm well respected.
I'm well thought of, but not always respected.
I'm not respected by most people.
Anyone who sees me work will respect me.

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How diverse is your circle of friends?
I don't have any friends.
I have loads of friends who are different from me.
I don't know anyone who isn't like me.
Mostly they are like me, but I have a few very different friends who I trust.

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How much suffering will you endure to achieve your dreams?
I'll take anything to get what I want.
I'll suffer, to a point. My dreams aren't all important to me.
I'd rather not suffer at all.
I will suffer, but I'd rather just be clever and not need to.

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How creative are you?
I'm creative, within a very narrow band.
I'm not too creative.
I'm not creative at all.
I'm very creative.

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How well traveled are you?
I don't really go far from home.
I travel wherever work takes me.
I never travel.
I spend most of my time on the road.

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How much are you willing to get out of your comfort zone?
I'm willing to step into the wilderness if it's called for.
I'll go out of it a little, but not far.
I'm totally unwilling to step out of my comfort zone.
My comfort zone is stepping outside of my comfort zone.

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When you take off from work, how much downtime do you need?
Months.
Weeks.
No time at all.
A few days here and there.

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How affectionate are you?
I believe in tough love.
I am almost inappropriately affectionate.
I'll be affectionate with someone I trust.
I'm only affectionate with my family.

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How learned are you?
I have only a basic education.
I have an average education.
I'm so far up the ivory tower, I'm practically in the sky.
I'm very skilled in my highly technical field.

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How detail-oriented are you?
I don't worry about details.
I only deal with a few specific details of import.
I'm a big picture person.
Details are all I care about.

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What is your greatest weakness?
I'm in a profession that is changing faster than I can adapt.
Sometimes I trust people who don't deserve my trust.
I'm easily manipulated.
I'm entirely dependent on the whims of the market.

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What is the long term outlook on your profession?
It's going to be gone in a few years.
It's totally secure.
It's niche, but will survive.
It's hard, but those who can swing it will be doing it for a long time.

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What season is your favorite?
Summer
Winter
Spring
Autumn

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How friendly are you?
I'm very unfriendly.
I'm the friendliest!
I'm friendly when there is trust.
I'm only friendly to my tribe.

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What is the most extreme sport you've tried?
Ice fishing.
Bushwhacking.
Scuba diving.
Free climbing.

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