Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Dog and Human Personality

How do you and your dog compare in the personality department?

Try this online personality test/quiz/competition.

Directions: Answer the following personality quiz questions by comparing yourself with your dog. One point for either "your dog" or "you." Where a quiz statement applies to both or neither of you, then select "Equal."

1. Joyfully undertake frequent vigorous physical exercise.

2. Happily eat the same food day after day.

3. Almost always cheerful, fun-loving, ignoring aches and pains

4. Need no medical help (valium, prozac, etc) to relieve stress or tension.

5. Seize most every opportunity to enjoy the natural world.

6. Can take criticism and blame without resentment.

7. Can ignore a friend's limited education and never correct him/her.

8. Can face the world without any lies and deceit.

9. Can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend.

10. Can joyfully live without pep pills, cigarettes or liquor.

11. Weight in more normal proportion to body.

12. Can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles.

13. Can understand and accept when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time.

14. Have no prejudice or discomfort WHATSOEVER with others' creeds, colors, religions, or beliefs.

SCORING: Add up the number of test questions answered with a "Your Dog" response and subtract the number of online test questions with a "You" response. That is your score on this online psychological personality test. The AVERAGE quiz score in the past has been the dog winning by 3-4 questions over the human; only 2% claimed they did better than their dogs while taking this quiz online.

Most who truthfully answer the above will discover that their dog scored somewhat better than they on this personality test. The mildly sneaky intent of this "competition" is to suggest that we all might look to our dogs as BEACONS of mental health with many behaviors and responses to which we could well aspire as our long term health goals. Too often we give ourselves just another set of excuses for our unhappiness and dysfunctional behaviors and fail to realize that we need such long term health goals if ever we are to achieve a measure of happiness and contentment.

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