Answer the following questions and see whether your tendencies lean towards optimistic or pessimistic thinking.
In each question, circle either 1 or 2 answer as the nearest response you would give in this situation.
The quiz is not scientific and is designed as a quick tool to give a general idea of your thinking process.
You can't find your wallet in the usual place:
Some of your numbers have come up on the lottery. your first
You hear yells coming from next door. Do you think:
You see a bird flying towards an oncoming car. Do you:
You are arriving at the railway station two minutes before
your train is due to leave. You see your train is setting at the
platform. Do you:
You watch the TV news about a dangerous person at
large, last seen fifty miles from where you live. Do you:
You are driving to an important appointment in 15
minutes time when the traffic comes to a standstill one mile
before your destination. Do you think:
the'll wait for me
You have just changed your dentist, and it's the day
of your check up. The receptionist is a bit short with you when
you arrive. Do you:
It's Sunday afternoon and the phone starts ringing when you're
watching TV. Do you:
If you marked mainly 1's
You may have a tendency to think the worst. You have low self-esteem and self-confidence. Perhaps you also find it difficult to trust in the outside world. People with a tendency for a negative mindset can be tricky to collaborate with , as they are seen as putting up barriers to solutions and being critical and difficult to please.
If you marked mainly 2's
You are generally optimistic about your life and your trust in the outside world outweighs the more negative experiences you may have. You are in some ways easier to interact with than a pessimist, but your expectations sometimes need managing. It's possible that you overlook the odd risk here and there, which may sometimes lead people to think you haven't thought things through.
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