Reaction: Personal Capacity

The short ‘test’ provides a way of exploring your individual capacity, behaviour and areas for development. It is focused on the important issue of resilience. This resource is designed to raise further questions and to promote future reflection.

Thinking about your life and situations you find yourself in, please answer the following questions as honestly, with as much self awareness, as you can. Please choose the answer that you think most accurately describes your feelings in situations. There is no right answer. The purpose of this 'quiz' is to increase self-awareness and promote coping strategies.

1. When I could feel worried I tend to be:

Relaxed, calm,
seldom worried

We expect the future to be like a huge wave, carrying us forward. Instead it leaks in around our feet and rises above our heads unnoticed.
~ Terry Pratchett

Usually calm,
sometimes worried

A worrier,
and often anxious

2. When I could feel angry I tend to be:

slow to anger

Planning is an unnatural process. It is much more fun just to do something. That way failure comes as a complete surprise, rather than being preceded by a period of worry and depression.
~ John Harvey-Jones

Seldom angry,
but can be provoked

Quick to feel anger

3. When I could feel discouraged I tend to be:

Rarely discouraged

The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your own eyes.
~ Goethe

Dislike losing,
but usually recover well

Easily discouraged

4. When I could feel self-consciousness I tend to:

Be hard to embarrass

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
~ Alan Kay

Get embarrassed,
then get over it

Be easily embarrassed

5. When I could feel impulsive I tend to:

Rarely follow urges,
not excitable

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing again and again and hoping for a different result.
~ Einstein

Sometimes indulge urges,
but rarely to excess

Usually follow urges,

6. When I could feel vulnerable I tend to:

Handle stress and crises well

Ever tried?
Ever failed?
No matter
Try again
Fail again
Fail better.
~ Beckett

Experience stress,
but copes effectively

Be sensitive to pressure


This questionnaire structure is influenced by some questions one of us was asked at an event many years ago, by a company that no longer appears to be trading.

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