Who Are You Really?

LIFESTYLE

By: Elisabeth Henderson

6 Min Quiz

In which of the following settings do you feel most at ease?

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If you are looking at a painting that contains a skull or some other "memento mori" — reminder of death — where does your mind go?

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What gift do you have that you can share with others?

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In which occasion would you feel least like yourself?

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If you were to sit down to write something, what would you be most likely to write?

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How do you try to help people when they are grieving the loss of a loved one?

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What kind of living space makes you feel most deeply at home?

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Which of the following are most important to cultivate in your life?

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If you see a beautiful, large marble slab, what do you think of?

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Which weekend retreat would give you the most refreshment?

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When you look back on your life, what do you want to be able to say about yourself?

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Which of the following would you be most likely to do to a tree?

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When you want to read a book, what most often motivates you?

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Which of the following would make you deeply uncomfortable?

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What kind of music do you listen to in the car?

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On a cool autumn day, which clothing option would you select?

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For what reason do you usually light candles?

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What kind of movie makes you feel deeply invigorated?

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Which spice do you identify with?

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What form of heat on a cold winter’s day would make you feel most warm inside?

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Where would you go on a road trip if you deeply felt that you needed to feed your soul?

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If you were to pray, what would you be most likely to ask for?

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If you were standing out in a field and felt a gust of wind, what it would mean to you?

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If your good friend has kids who are a real handful, how do you respond?

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If you suddenly came into a fortune, what would you consider doing with it first?

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If someone shone a flashlight into your mind in the middle of the afternoon, what might they find?

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On a beautiful spring day, what would you most deeply want to be doing?

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What would you be most likely to do with paint?

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When you were a child, what recurring game did you play when left alone?

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If you are in immense pain, what is a strategy you use to cope with it?

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About This Quiz

Finding out who you really are can take a lifetime. While the core of a person’s being is always there, it can lay dormant for years, even decades, without being realized in daily life. The pressures of performing all the different roles we are assigned, as well as the expectations of those around us, can keep us living in a box, an identity that doesn’t actually match who we are on the inside.

How do you know if your outer self doesn’t match your inner self? You may notice signs of this dilemma when you are finally alone, and your being has room to breathe without the pressure of others’ observations. You may feel a sense of disquiet, like something within you is trying to come out. Or you may experience a fiery discontent in your work or in your time for relaxation. The unnamed and unexpected sensation of something being wrong may be a warning sign that you are not living as your true self. 

What would your life look like if you unearthed that buried self and let it grow in the sun? Let yourself take the risk of looking within, to ask what your true being is really like. If you can get to know this inner person, you may be able to find out what your true path in life is. Take the first steps by thinking about these questions concerning your real heart’s desires. 

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