Get Your Personal Risk Score
By Dr. Robert C. Cloninger
HOW MUCH OF A WORRIER ARE YOU?
Give yourself one point for each of the following answers: 1-false, 5-true, 9-false, 13-false, 17-true.
A score of 3 or more is above average. You think ahead for possible problems, but this may make you too pessimistic, leading you to miss out on beneficial opportunities at work or with friends. Try to keep an open mind when faced with new ventures, and visualize all the possible outcomes — positive as well as negative — without dwelling on one. Then think about what you can do to make the positive one happen.
A score of 0 or 1 is below average. Youre confident in yourself and the future, but you can be overly optimistic, even cocky. If your high hopes arent realized, you could end up crushed and discouraged. Dont assume that projects or relationships will work out just because you want them to. Instead, think analytically about what you can do to help achieve your goals.
HOW FEARFUL OF RISK ARE YOU?
Give yourself one point for each of the following answers: 2-true, 6-false, 10-true, 14-false, 18-true.
A score of 4 or 5 is above average. You are extremely cautious, but being scared of everything is counterproductive. Try taking a safe risk — order a new entrée at your favorite restaurant, or accept a date you normally wouldnt. You might be surprised by the outcome.
A score of 0 or 1 is below average. Youre a bona fide daredevil, and though you love the excitement, taking too many risks can backfire when something goes wrong. Consider taking on calculated risks, where you understand — and accept — the possible downside before putting yourself out there.
HOW SHY ARE YOU?
Give yourself one point for each of the following answers: 3-true, 7-true, 11-false, 15-false, 19-false.
A score of 4 or 5 is above average. You are socially reserved and may be missing out on friendships and events youd probably enjoy. Commit to one new social activity per day; get lunch with your colleagues or start a conversation on your morning commute. You might find you were chattier than you knew once you give yourself permission to speak up.
A score of 0 or 1 is below average. Although you are outgoing, and feel comfortable in most social settings, you might come on too strong. Try to create a balance in your next conversation: are you talking or listening more? Ask questions instead of issuing rapid-fire opinions.
HOW FATIGABLE ARE YOU?
Give yourself one point for each of the following answers: 4-true, 8-false, 12-true, 16-false, 20-false.
A score of 3 or greater is above average. You tire easily, but you can work around this by planning to conserve energy. Make sure to build downtime into your day, whether its a five-minute breather between meetings or a half-hour nap before dinner. Stick to your scheduled breaks or youll run the risk of winding down too early.
A score of 0 or 1 is below average. Youre full of beans, but you might be wasting energy on side projects. Be discriminating in committing to new projects, whether its setting up your roommate or hosting a dinner party for the in-laws. Think about how satisfying youll find the final outcome, and take on the challenges that will truly reward you.
HOW HARM AVOIDANT ARE YOU OVERALL?
Add the four scores for worried, fearful, shy, and fatigable.
A score of 12 or higher is in the top third of Harm Avoidance. You may be too anxiety-prone, leading to needless stress and anxiety.
A score of 7 to 11 is in the middle third of Harm Avoidance. You are about average in terms of anxiety-proneness.
A score of 6 or less is in the lowest third of Harm Avoidance. Youre fun-loving and outgoing, but may be reckless when it comes to the personal safety of yourself or others.
Quiz prepared for Marie Claire by C. Robert Cloninger, MD, adapted from the Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI), copyright C. Robert Cloninger. All rights reserved by the author. You can take the full TCI online at http://anthropedia.org. Permission for any reproduction must be obtained from Dr. Cloninger via the Anthropedia Foundation.