your mind is like an unsafe neighborhood; don't go there alone

In my neverending quest to figure out what it's all about, I've taken Gretchen Rubin's Quiz: The Four Tendencies. It turns out that I'm an Upholder, which is incredibly disheartening.

Upholders respond readily to both outer and inner expectations: they meet deadlines and keep New Year’s resolutions without much struggle or supervision.

Upholders take great satisfaction from moving smoothly through their daily schedule and their to-do lists. They meet others’ expectations—and their expectations for themselves.

However, Upholders may feel uneasy when expectations aren’t clear, when they’re worried that they’re breaking the rules, or when they feel overwhelmed by expectations they seek to meet.

They enjoy habits, and form habits fairly easily.

I question the reliability and validity of these results, if only because four possible outcomes from a dozen or so questions is awfully difficult (or inappropriate) to interpret. (Yes, I know, it's all in fun.)

[the title quotation is by Augusten Burroughs]


  1. Replies
    1. Do you think it fits you? I felt like Upholder was a lot more rigid than I am, in the description.

    2. Well, it's a 17 question test, it's not going to be able to account for context or mood or history. Overall, my answer would be mostly. Or better yet, my answer would be "It feels right, though there are circumstances in which this is not the case."

    3. I'm a rebel. Which is apt. When I'm not being all obliging, questioning, or upholding. ;-)

    4. I've taken this again, and now I'm a Rebel - which seems FAR more apt, particularly under the circumstances!