Is your glass half full or half empty?

How do you view the world?

Take the life orientation test to help you recognise your general outlook on life:

QuestionStrongly DisagreeDisagreeNeutralAgreeStrongly Agree
1In uncertain times, I usually expect the best12345
2It is easy for me to relax12345
3If something can go wrong for me it will12345
4I am always optimistic about my future12345
5I enjoy my friends a lot12345
6It is important for me to keep busy12345
7I hardly ever expect things to go my way12345
8I don’t get upset too easily12345
9I rarely count on good things happening to me12345
10Overall i expect more good things that bad to happen to me12345

Scoring: First of all there is no benchmark for optimism/pessimism, but this scale gives you a good idea of where your natural responses might lie.

Add up your score for questions 1, 4, and 10 this will give you a score for optimism

  • Score 1-6 low
  • Score 7-11 average
  • Score 12-15 high

Add up your score for question 3, 7, and 9 this will give you a score for pessimism

  • Score 1-6 high
  • Score 7-11 average
  • Score 12-15 low

Ignore the rest… they are just there as fillers and to stop you from trying to second guess the questions.

Now you have a rough idea of how you might generally tend to view the world, take some time to reflect on how this impacts you both personally and professionally.

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