The Four Tendencies Quiz Step 1 of 8 12% Instructions:Consider the following scenarios. Obviously, you might not find yourself in these situations, and you might not react exactly as suggested; choose the answer that sounds like the kind of thing you'd most likely say, do, or think. Choose the answer that seems most generally true for you; try not to search for exceptions to the rule or focus on one specific area of your life.Have you kept a New Year’s resolution where you weren’t accountable to anyone—a resolution like drinking more water or keeping a journal?*Sure. I’m good at keeping New Year’s resolutions, even ones that no one knows about but me.Sure, I’m good at keeping resolutions, but I make them whenever the time seems right. I wouldn’t wait for the New Year; January 1 is an arbitrary date.I’ve had trouble with that kind of resolution, so I’m not inclined to make one, whether at the New Year or any time. When I’m only helping myself, I often struggle.No. I hate to bind myself in any way. Which statement best describes your view about your commitments to yourself?*I make a commitment to myself only if I'm convinced that it really makes good sense to do it.If someone else is holding me accountable for my commitments, I’ll meet them—but if no one knows except me, I struggle.I bind myself as little as possible.I take my commitments to myself as seriously as my commitments to other people. At times, we feel frustrated by ourselves. Are you most likely to feel frustrated because…*My constant need for more information exhausts me.As soon as someone expects me to do something, I don’t want to do it.I can take time for other people, but I can’t take time for myself.I can’t take a break from my usual habits, or violate the rules, even when I want to. When you’ve formed a healthy habit in the past, what helped you stick to it?*I'm pretty good at sticking to habits, even when no one else cares.Doing a lot of research and customization about why and how I might keep that habit.I could stick to a good habit only when I was answerable to someone else.Usually I don’t choose to bind myself in advance to a particular course of action. If people complain about your behavior, you’d be least surprised to hear them say…*You stick to your good habits, ones that matter only to you, even when it’s inconvenient for someone else.You ask too many questions.You’re good at taking the time when others ask you to do something, but you’re not good at taking time for yourself.You only do what you want to do, when you want to do it. Which description suits you best?*Disciplined—sometimes, even when it doesn’t make sense.Asks necessary questions.Puts others—clients, family, neighbors, coworkers—first.Refuses to be bossed by others. People get frustrated with me, because if they ask me to do something, I’m less likely to do it (even if they’re a boss or client).*Tend to DisagreeNeutralTend to AgreeI do what I think makes the most sense, according to my judgment, even if that means ignoring the rules or other people’s expectations.*Tend to DisagreeNeutralTend to AgreeCommitments to others should never be broken, but commitments to myself can be broken.*Tend to DisagreeNeutralTend to AgreeSometimes I won't do something I want to do, because someone wants me to do it.*Tend to DisagreeNeutralTend to AgreeI’ve sometimes described myself as a people-pleaser.*Tend to DisagreeNeutralTend to AgreeI don’t mind breaking rules or violating convention--I often enjoy it.*Tend to DisagreeNeutralTend to Agree Find out your Tendency now and get instant access to your detailed report:Enter your email below:* GDPR I'd like to receive emails from Gretchen Rubin about the Four Tendencies. I'd like to join Gretchen’s monthly newsletter to learn more about happiness, habits, and more.