You know THAT guy at the company Christmas party? By definition, he doesn’t realize he’s THAT guy. Or the rude woman in line at the grocery store? She doesn’t think she’s being rude. The thing all “difficult” people struggle with is a lack of self-awareness. The more honestly you recognize your shortcomings, the more likely you can overcome them. The following quiz will help you evaluate yourself.
True or False
- I have strong opinions about politics and/or religion, which I find myself discussing somewhat regularly.
- My boss doesn’t deserve the title. He/She got ahead by being phony, unethical or “knowing someone.”
- I haven’t done anything in the past six weeks meriting a sincere apology.
- I sometimes do someone a favor by offering unsolicited advice.
- I rarely wonder if I might be a difficult person in my relationship, career or family life.
- Most people don’t try as hard as I do.
- I can easily identify one or more people who have prevented me from achieving success, or significantly limited my satisfaction in life.
- If I’m being totally honest, I often find myself to be the “smartest person in the room.”
- It’s pretty easy to tell a “good” person from a “bad” person.
- I’ve been handed a set of life circumstances that are more challenging than those of most people I know.
- Most successful people have been incredibly lucky.
- People resent me for “telling it like it is.”
- Members of the opposite sex are more attracted to me than they like to admit.
How many questions did you answer as True?
0: You are self-aware, personally accountable and a pleasure to be around.
1-3: You’re pretty good with people, but probably a little more frustrating than you’d like to admit.
4-6: You tend toward being defensive or a little self-righteous, which can make you a challenge to get along with.
7 plus: I hate to be the one to tell you, but you are THAT guy at the company party.
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