Which type are you?
Gretchen Rubin is a lawyer by education, but a student of human nature by choice. Perhaps inspired by her own moment of awakening (she read the work of Gary Taubes, realized a low carbohydrate diet made sense, and changed 100% on the spot), she takes particular interest in the different ways we all achieve personal change. She has come up with a quick little quiz you can take to determine your tendencies when it comes to changing behavior.
Disclaimer: this is not the state of your soul, your worth as a person, your personality, your astrological sign, or your patterns in love and loss.
It's simply a paradigm for understanding how you might best leverage your own innate tendencies about how change happens.
In the paradigm there are four types:
- Most of us are obligers: we respond better to others' expectations than to the ones we set for ourselves.
- Upholders are every doctor's ideal patient: they respond well to expectations both outer and inner.
- Rebels resist all expectations. They might respond to their own expectations (or not) or more likely just the mood of the moment.
- And finally, questioners want to know all the details, the pros and cons, and properly weighed: will proceed with the wisest move.
I have to admit, I was surprised by the questions and by the outcome when I took the test. I'm thinking about asking all my patients to take the test, it might help me know best how to help. An obliger might best respond if I ask them to report something meaningful to me. A rebel is just going to have to buy into my recommendations in service of something that that particular rebel really wants. A questioner, okay, I'll pull out all the research and we'll go over it....again.
The upholders are welcome at any time, and granted a discount?