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IN FRATERNAM MEAM
Saturday, April 01, 2006
A MISTAKE-MAKER'S QUIZ
No matter how smart you are, you have probably made most of the mistakes described in this quiz at one time or another. But it's also very likely that you will find some mistakes cause you more trouble than others. The following quiz can help you.

Rate your reaction to the following fifty statements on a scale of zero to 4, with zero representing the least relevance to your life and 4 representing the most relevance to your life. Put an X in one block after each statement. Scoring directions will be found at the end of he quiz.

Think of the numbers in this way:

0 means: There is no time in my life when this statement would apply to me.

1 means: There have been rare instances when I have felt this way.

2 means: I sometimes feel like this.

3 means: I frequently feel like this.

4 means: I feel this statement applies to me most of the time.


1.) I overreact to minor problems.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

2.) Others accuse me of making mountains out of a molehills.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

3.) I am pretty excitable.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

4.) There's no point in trying because I know that nothing will work.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

5.) I know in advance that things will go wrong.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

6.) I can tell what others are thinking.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

7.) People who are close to you should know what you want.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

8.) You can always tell what people are thinking from their body language.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

9.) When people spend time together, they become attuned to each other's thoughts.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

10.) I've been upset about what I thought someone was thinking -- then found I was wrong.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

11.) It's my responsibility to keep my loved ones happy.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

12.) When things go wrong, I always feel it's my fault.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

13.) I find I am criticized more than other people.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

14.) You can tell when people are attacking you -- they don't have to be specific or mention your name.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

15.) I feel I've been unfairly blamed for things that are beyond my control.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

16.) I get into trouble because of overconfidence.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

17.) My confidence in myself seems to put people off.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

18.) I feel that if you are successful in one thing, you can be equally successful in anything.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

19.) Other people have been responsible for my failures.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

20.) Once you achieve success, you can relax because momemtum keeps you at the same level.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

21.) People have a way of honing in on the areas where I am most sensitive to criticism.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

22.) I have a sixth sense about criticism, I can always tell when people mean me.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

23.) Negative comments from others can really hurt me, even make me feel depressed.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

24.) I hear negative comments and dismiss compliments.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

25.) I think all comments have about equal weight.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

26.) I get upset if I leave something unfinished.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

27.) Being considered "just average" or "one of the crowd" is an insult.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

28.) I'd rather turn in no work at all rather than turn work that is below the standard I have set for myself.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

29.)26.) It's important to me that others see me as someone who never devitates from impeaccable standards.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

30.) Even a small mistake is enough to ruin my day -- or my life.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

31.) Compared to others, I am a loser.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

32.) I'm very competitive.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

33.) Hearing about the success of others upsets me.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

34.) Not being where I ought to be now gets me down.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

35.) I think you have to make comparisons with others if you want to be successful.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

36.) The world is a very dangerous place.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

37.) You have to be very careful about what you can do and say if you don't want to get into trouble.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

38.) I don't like to take chances.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

39.) I've lost some opportunities because I wasn't willing to take a risk.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

40.) I avoid doing things if I think I should have done in the past.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

41.) I fell gulty about something I should have done in the past.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

42.) I believe it's important to live by the rules.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

43.) When I look at the past I see more failure that success.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

44.) I feel under pressure to do the right thing.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

45.) I find myself overwhelmed by all the things I need to do.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

46.) The opinions of others don't matter to me.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

47.) People accuse me of not listening to them.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

48.) I feel defensive when people ask -- or tell -- me to do something.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

49.) I think things should be done my way or no way.
0_____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.

50.) I tend to procrastinate. I even put off doing important things.
0____ 1____ 2____ 3____ 4____.


HOW TO SCORE YOUR ANSWERS:

Look at the pattern of X's you have drawn. If you find that, next to every statements, you have marked only those boxes numbers 0 or 1, then you have very little difficulty with these mistakes -- and probably very little difficulty in dealing with the challenges of your life.

However, most people will find that they have marked a 2 or above to at least some of the questions. When that is that case, you may very werll find a cluster of X's in the higher numbers. Those clusters provide a clue to the particular mistakes of thinking that are most troublemsome to you.


(Source: THE TEN DUMBEST MISTAKES SMART PEOPLE MAKE AND HOW TO AVOID THEM by: Dr. Arthur Freeman & Rose DeWolf)
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