Are You the Kind of Person Who Divides the World into Two?
Do you find it helpful to consider these kinds of categories?
Posted Jul 25, 2013
I love taxonomies, categories, ways of dividing people into groups. If you’re the same way, take these quizzes to find out what categories describe you:
1. Are you an under-buyer or an over-buyer? I’m an under-buyer.
2. Are you an abstainer or a moderator? I’m an abstainer, 100%.
3. Are you an alchemist or a leopard? I’m an alchemist.
4. Are you a radiator or a drain? I try to be a radiator.
5. Are you a finisher or an opener? I’m a finisher.
6. Are you a satisficer or a maximizer (yes, these are real words). I’m a satisficer.
7. Are you more drawn to simplicity or to abundance? I’m more drawn to simplicity.
8. Are you a Tigger or an Eeyore? I’m a bit of both, but writing about happiness has definitely brought out my Tigger qualities. (I write a lot about the conflict between these two categories in Happier at Home.)
9. Are you a marathoner or a sprinter? (categories formerly known as “tortoises and hares,” but I changed the terms). I’m a marathoner.
Putting myself into categories is fun, and I think it also gives me insight into my own nature. When I see myself more clearly, I can more easily see ways that I might do things differently, to make myself happier.
Categories can be unhelpful, however, when they become too all-defining, or when they become an excuse. “Oh, I can’t be expected to resist eating the cookies in the cupboard, I’m an abstainer.”
Do you find it helpful to consider these kinds of categories? Or too constraining?
Want more information about Happier at Home? Of course you do! Here's a smorgasbord of options:
-- read a sample chapter on the subject of "time"
-- watch the one-minute book trailer, "Ten ways to be happier at home"
-- request the one-page book club discussion guide
-- read the Behind-the-Scenes extra (I had a great time writing this)