Read the questions and select the answer that best reflects how you would react to each scenario.
1.You sit down in hopes of an enjoyable meal only to be completely ignored by the wait staff.
a) Blatantly refuse to tip.
b) Demand to see the manager.
c) Contemplate quietly.
d) Continue smiling. Perhaps it’s an off day?
2. Your frenemy viciously tears apart one of your core beliefs.
a) Make a mental note to not be so pleasant next time.
b) Blow a fuse and let them have it.
c) Quietly seethe.
3. School fun! 3 major assignments are due tomorrow morning.
a) Swear profusely nonstop as you pull an all-nighter.
b) Rage. No way, José, are you putting up with this injustice.
c) Shut down.
d) Put self on auto-run and gradually complete each of them.
4. Someone calls you out on your white lie.
a) Wish you could catch a break.
b) Pity them; they’ll regret exposing you.
c) Regret your wrongdoings.
d) Meh. Laugh it off.
5. Someone points out one of your faults.
a) Resolve to point out one of their faults later.
b) Refuse to rest until you have retaliated.
c) Think about your other faults.
d) Scoff. Do they expect you to be perfect?
6. Your superior gives you heck for something you’re not responsible for.
a) Give many death glares.
b) Explain upfront that you had no place in it.
c) Take it in.
d) Scoff at their ignorance.
7. Your friend wants to go to McD’s but you just had it yesterday and would rather a poutine.
a) Agree, but complain.
b) Get your poutine with or without your friend.
c) Decide that McDonald’s isn’t so bad.
d) Get poutine if you pass it by.
8) You learn a horrible truth.
a) Go for a run later?
b) Track down everyone involved.
c) Just nod. And think.
d) Continue doing whatever you were doing before you learned of it.
It enrages you but you would rather not make a production of it. It’s just a thought in passing and you’d probably regret it in the morning. Instead you’ll find another way to show how you feel. Sure, you’re at least expressing something, but sometimes it’s okay to let loose.
You control your life. If it’s not to your liking, you’ll make it to your liking. You are not afraid to speak your mind. Unfortunately, people may be put off by your abrasiveness. You might want to find a balance; pick your battles.
You just take all the crap in. And let it fester. You’d rather not fight it, or perhaps you feel like you can’t. It’s best you find a way for release else you may find yourself combusting- or at the very least in am unfortunate place years from now, deep in regret.
Everything is blasé. You let life pass by. You disregard the bumps in it. It’s not worth the effort to get worked up or let it bother you. You’re not oblivious; you choose not to stew in it. This mindset is more destructive than you think. You lose the risk of being penalized by your convictions but you lose life experience.