Gretchen Rubin

Ta-Da! The Launch of My Quiz on the Four Tendencies. Learn About Yourself!

Ta-Da! The Launch of My Quiz on the Four Tendencies. Learn About Yourself!

Of everything I learned about habits and human nature from working on my book Better Than Before, the most challenging thing I figured out -- and the insight I'm most proud of -- is my Four Tendencies framework. (See below for a quick overview.)

It took me months of rumination to make sense of everything I'd observed, and to fit it into a system that accounted for everything. I'll never forget the thrill I felt when everything at last fell into place.

I felt like I'd uncovered something like the Periodic Table of the Elements. My framework is balanced, consistent, encompassing, and predictive -- if I do say so myself.

For that reason, I wanted to develop a quiz to help people figure out their Tendency. With the help of the extraordinary Mike Courtney and his team at Aperio Insights, it's ready! (It turns out that it's a lot harder to make this kind of quiz than you might think.)

At last, it's finished. Take the quiz here. Your results will give you your Tendency, along with a simple description. If you'd like more information about your Tendency, you'll get a prompt at the end to request a detailed report.

Remember, be honest! The Quiz is only as accurate as the answers you provide.

When I talk about the Tendencies, people often say, "I'm a mix."  It's true that the Tendencies do overlap, so each Tendency shares aspects with other Tendencies -- but it's not really possible to be a mix. To be an Upholder is not to be an Obliger. To be a Questioner is not to be a Rebel.   While Upholders and Obligers both respond readily to outer expectations, it's how they respond to inner expectations that distinguishes them. Similarly, Questioners and Rebels both resist outer expectations; it's how they respond to inner expectations that distinguishes them. And so on.

For this reason, part of what made the Quiz tricky was that I had to figure out questions that would really pinpoint the key differences among the Tendencies.

Once you've taken the Quiz -- did your answer ring true for you?

In Better Than Before, I explore at greater length the nature of the Four Tendencies, and how they affect habits.

In fact, I'm thinking of writing a little book that's a field guide to the Four Tendencies, one that goes even deeper into this framework. Would you be interested in something like that?

In the meantime, https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4232520/gretchenrubinfourtendenciesquiztake the Quiz! I'd love to hear what you think.

If you need a quick overview of the Four Tendencies:

In a nutshell, it distinguishes how people tend to respond to expectations: outer expectations (a deadline, a “request” from a sweetheart) and inner expectations (write a novel in your free time, keep a New Year’s resolution).

Your response to expectations may sound slightly obscure, but it turns out to be very, very important.

  • Upholders respond readily to outer and inner expectations (I’m an Upholder, 100%)
  • Questioners question all expectations; they’ll meet an expectation if they think it makes sense--essentially, they make all expectations into inner expectations
  • Obligers meet outer expectations, but struggle to meet expectations they impose on themselves
  • Rebels resist all expectations, outer and inner alike

 

If you’d like to see me discuss each category in  a video, you can watch: for Upholders, watch here; Questioners, here;  Rebels, here, and Obligers, here.

I hope you find the Quiz useful. It was a lot of work, but also a lot of fun to do. I'm very curious to hear people's reaction to it, so please do post a comment to share your thoughts..

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One Last Thing

Want to harness self-knowledge to create the life you want?

Sign up for the waitlist for my new Four Tendencies course. Registration opens on May 1 for a limited time. If you're on the waitlist, you'll have the chance to get access with the early bird discount.

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