What Kind of Online Personality Quiz Are You?
As life goals go, I think self-awareness is underrated. You get to a certain point in the proceedings, and you start to wonder if you’ve done all the right things. Found the right person with whom you should spend your brief time on this planet. Wound up living where you are supposed to be. Taken all the right turns, professionally speaking. (Note to the literally minded: I don’t mean you should only take right turns to get to work. By all means, feel free to take as many left turns as is necessary to arrive safely at your destination.)
This is how I found out that I wouldn’t make a very good Mormon. Back in the day, a person who sought a greater level of self-awareness had limited choices: Sign up for a lifetime of psychoanalysis or perhaps find a guru who would tell you who you were supposed to give all your money to — sorry, who you were supposed to be.
In this age of Web-based intellectual discourse, however, we have the modern convenience of online personality quizzes. Today, all you have to do is log into Facebook to see that all your friends are discovering themselves by taking quizzes, leading to piercing understandings of where they fit in the grand scheme of things. Like which starter Pokémon they are. I’m a Squirtle.
Why spend money on therapy when you can join the wave of people discovering where they should live, what “Big Bang Theory” character they are, or what kind of tree they are (apple), just by answering a few seemingly random questions?
It’s hard to argue with that kind of logic, which is why I decided to go in search of my true self by making a pilgrimage of quizzes. My research department (my friend Amy and some of my readers) filled my inbox with ways to discover, among other things, my inner ’70s TV character. I’d like to see the Library of Congress deliver that kind of service.