Kenneth (kensmind) wrote in polloftheday,
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Do You Sweat the Small Stuff?

The questions and answers in this poll are taken almost word for word from Richard Carlson's book "The Don't Sweat the Small Stuff Workbook". It's a test designed to see if people let little shit get to them, which I have turned into a poll to see how many people fall into each category.

There are only three options for each question. In some cases none of them will describe how you react to the given situation. Pick the one that most closely approximates your reaction to the scenario.

Oh and this isn't in the test, but if you get pissed off because the answers aren't the way you would like them to be, subtract two points for each answer that affects you like that when you do your final score in the last question. Subtract one point each for every answer that, while not pissing you off necessarily, might have made you want to leave a comment about how it doesn't fairly cover how you would react. (Okay, that's not really part of the exercise, but it might point out whether you need to chill more or not.)

There's a scoring system in the last question, so answer all questions if you want to see where you fit.



Poll #1390948 Small Stuff

When someone has more than the posted number of items in the express lane at the supermarket, I

point out the person's error and suggest that he/she choose another line
3(3.4%)
get annoyed and grumble inwardly about someone who is so inconsiderate of others
44(49.4%)
don't let it bother me
42(47.2%)

The cable goes out in the middle of a long-awaited show. I

rant and rave about how disappointed I am
34(37.8%)
call the cable company to report the problem
28(31.1%)
shrug my shoulders and say it will be on again
28(31.1%)

After purchasing food at the drive-through window, I realize my order is wrong. I

go back and yell at the manager and demand a refund
11(12.8%)
complain to everyone around me pick at my food
22(25.6%)
eat my lunch and enjoy it anyway
53(61.6%)

Someone is talking in the movie theater. I

inform the manager
1(1.1%)
shush very loudly
38(43.2%)
move to a new seat
49(55.7%)

When I lose change in a vending machine I

usually kick and shake the machine - I hate feeling ripped off.
5(5.6%)
sometimes kick and shake the machine depending on how hungry I am
35(38.9%)
never kick and shake the machine, but try another one
50(55.6%)

In a crowded parking lot I notice that someone has parked in two spaces. I

leave a note on the person's car pointing out how inconsiderate he or she is
4(4.4%)
entertain thoughts of scratching the car but drive on
26(28.9%)
drive on until I find a parking spot
60(66.7%)

One morning the paper is late. I

get frustrated and upset because my morning routine has been interrupted
3(3.4%)
call the distribution office to let them know
7(7.9%)
go on with my morning and decide to read the paper later in the day
79(88.8%)

At a restaurant, I notice that people seated after me receive their meals first. i

lose my apetite and leave the restaurant
0(0.0%)
feel I am being overlooked and complain to the waitress
4(4.5%)
reason that my food must be taking longer to cook and wait patiently
85(95.5%)

A person makes an illegal left-hand turn in front of me. I

swerve erratically into the next lane to make my point
8(9.0%)
honk my horn and make obscene gestures at him or her
32(36.0%)
deduce that the person must have a good reason to make the turn and wait patiently
49(55.1%)

Only one window is open at the bank and a large line is forming. i

complain loudly to customers around me
0(0.0%)
roll my eyes, let out a sigh and check my watch
45(50.6%)
check my items to make sure my transaction won't take very long
44(49.4%)

Review your answers for the previous 10 questions. Give yourself 1 point for every first option you chose, 2 points for every second and 3 points for every third. What is your score?

Between 1 and 10 (which means that you let the small stuff get to you way too often)
0(0.0%)
11-20 (which means that you still need some practice trying to see everything as small stuff)
6(7.2%)
21-30 (which means that you rarely sweat the small stuff.)
77(92.8%)
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