Which Animal Is Your Kindred Spirit?

Zoe Samuel

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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?

How much do you prize your freedom?

How sociable are you?

How much do you prize wisdom?

How much do you value routine?

How deeply do you sleep?

How aggressive are you at work?

How physically imposing are you?

How sharp-witted are you?

How laid back are you?

How extreme is your lifestyle?

How tribalistic are you?

Who would call you beautiful?

How would you describe your relationships?

How difficult is your life day to day?

How respected are you?

How diverse is your circle of friends?

How much suffering will you endure to achieve your dreams?

How creative are you?

How well traveled are you?

How much are you willing to get out of your comfort zone?

When you take off from work, how much downtime do you need?

How affectionate are you?

How learned are you?

How detail-oriented are you?

What is your greatest weakness?

What is the long term outlook on your profession?

What season is your favorite?

How friendly are you?

What is the most extreme sport you've tried?

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