Are You a Positive or Negative Thinker?

Personality Quizzes

by H’vovi Bhagwagar

1. When my teachers ask to speak with me, I instinctively assume they want to discuss a problem or give me a lecture.
a. Not at all 
b. Rarely 
c. Sometimes 
d. Often 
e. Very often

2. When I experience a really difficult situation at school or home, other aspects of my life tend to be painted with the same negative brush.
a. Not at all 
b. Rarely 
c. Sometimes 
d. Often 
e. Very often

3. When I experience a delay, such as my parents not buying me a cellphone I think, "I worked so hard for my examinations, but they just don't see my effort…all that work was for nothing!"
a. Not at all 
b. Rarely 
c. Sometimes 
d. Often 
e. Very often

4. When a group I am working or playing with is doing badly, I never think the cause is short-term and has a straight forward solution. For example, "Oh, we're not working well. If we can fix 'X' problem, we'll do much better!"
a. Not at all 
b. Rarely 
c. Sometimes 
d. Often 
e. Very often

5. When I'm not selected for something (a stage-show, match or quiz competition) I think "I'm a loser!" instead of thinking that maybe I didn't have the specific skills for it.
a. Not at all 
b. Rarely 
c. Sometimes 
d. Often 
e. Very often

6. When something happens that I don't like, I conclude that the cause is general and it will keep worrying me. For example, if my classmate doesn't invite me to her party, I would think that all girls are like that.
a. Not at all 
b. Rarely 
c. Sometimes 
d. Often 
e. Very often

7. When I perform very well on an assignment, I believe that I am good in that one very specific area as opposed to thinking I’m generally talented and smart.
a. Not at all 
b. Rarely 
c. Sometimes 
d. Often 
e. Very often

8. When I receive a reward or recognition, I think that luck or fate played more of a role than my actual work or skill. I would probably say, "They probably asked me to participate in the competition because they couldn't find anyone else at such short notice."
a. Not at all 
b. Rarely 
c. Sometimes 
d. Often 
e. Very often

9. When I come up with a really good idea, I am surprised by my creativity. I think it's probably my lucky day and caution myself not to get used to the feeling.
a. Not at all 
b. Rarely 
c. Sometimes 
d. Often 
e. Very often

10. When something bad happens, I think that I am stupid and to blame as opposed to seeing the contributions that everyone made to the mistake.
a. Not at all 
b. Rarely 
c. Sometimes 
d. Often 
e. Very often

11. After winning an award or recognition, I believe it's because the competition is not as good as I am. I would probably say, "We won that last quiz/ match because we're simply better than they are."
a. Not at all 
b. Rarely 
c. Sometimes 
d. Often 
e. Very often

12. As the leader, when my team completes a project, I tend to attribute the success to my skilled leadership as opposed to the hard work and dedication of the team members.
a. Not at all 
b. Rarely 
c. Sometimes 
d. Often 
e. Very often

13. When I make a decision that is successful, it's because I have knowledge on that particular subject and have analysed that particular problem really well, as opposed to generally being a strong decision maker.
a. Not at all 
b. Rarely 
c. Sometimes 
d. Often 
e. Very often

14. When I achieve a long term and personally challenging goal, I never congratulate myself or think about all the skills I have used to reach that success.
a. Not at all 
b. Rarely 
c. Sometimes 
d. Often 
e. Very often

SCORING KEY
Not at all - 5
Rarely - 4
Sometimes - 3
Often - 2
Very often - 1

SCORES
Add up the scores according to the boxes you have ticked and check your results below.

14 to 31: Yikes! It must feel as if there's a rain cloud hanging over your head all day. You have gotten yourself into the habit of seeing things as your fault and you've learnt to give up control in many situations. Taking this quiz is the first step towards turning your pessimism around.

32 to 50: You try to be optimistic, however some situations get the better of you. Identify your triggers for negative thinking and try to adopt a more positive approach to life.

51 to 70: Great job! You have a generally positive and optimistic outlook on life. You don't take things personally and you are able to see that setbacks won't ruin the rest of your life. If you do have any negative thoughts, you would probably find ways to deal with them!


H'vovi Bhagwagar is a clinical psychologist and qualified MBTI® practitioner. She also conducts workshops on life skills and writes for various publications. You can reach her at hvovi76@gmail.com

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