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A Hazardous Attitudes Quiz

The Power of Mindful Choices

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Hello fellow explorers of the human psyche! Ever found yourself pondering why you make the choices you do? Well, get ready to dive deep into the intricate labyrinth of your personality as we uncover your Hazardous Attitude in this fun quiz. These Hazardous Attitudes find their origins in aviation, where they were identified as potentially dangerous mindsets that could lead to errors or accidents in high-stakes situations. However, they are not exclusive to pilots and crew members; Hazardous Attitudes manifest in everyday life for everyone. Just as they were recognized as potential sources of mistakes and incidents in critical aviation scenarios, these attitudes can also influence our decisions and behaviors in various aspects of our lives. Whether it's taking risks, challenging authority, underestimating dangerous situations, or avoiding conflicts, we all harbor these Hazardous Attitudes to varying degrees, affecting our choices and outcomes. In this blog, we'll take a quick 10-question quiz and explore how these Hazardous Attitudes show up in each of us and their impact on our daily lives.


It's Quiz Time!

Make a chart for yourself like the one below.


A table with A, B, C, D, E across top.

Imagine you are in the following situations. Choose the response that best reflects how you would likely behave in each scenario. If none sound quite like you, just pick the one that’s closest to how you might behave.


1. When it comes to following rules or guidelines, how do you typically react?


a) Rules, schmules! Rules are meant to be broken and some just don’t (or shouldn’t) apply to me! I don’t like being told what to do.


b) I usually don't think too much about rules. If something seems exciting or fun, I'll just go for it without much consideration.


c) I believe rules are for others, not for me. I'm careful, and nothing bad will happen to me even if I bend the rules occasionally.


d) I follow rules most of the time, but I might bend the rules a little. Everybody goes over the speed limit, right? And I hardly ever get caught.


e) I strictly adhere to rules, making sure everyone is safe and sound.


2. You’re planning your weekend, but your friends invite you to multiple events. What's your response?


a) I'll do what I want. If it’s something I’d like to go to, I’ll go; if not, I won’t.


b) Why not? Let's do them all! I love spontaneous decisions and living in the moment.


c) I can handle going to all the events. It won't be a problem for me to keep up with everything.


d) I'll go to everything. I like it that people know how busy I am and know that I have a lot of friends.


e) I feel overwhelmed. I'm not sure I can handle all the events and the pressure to be "on." But I don’t want to disappoint anyone, so I’ll probably go to everything and not really enjoy myself.


3. You’re at a party, and someone offers you a dessert you love, but you're on a diet. What do you do?


a) I don’t know why I’m doing this ridiculous diet anyway. I'll eat whatever I want. Who cares about the consequences?


b) I can't resist! I'll have the dessert without thinking about the diet. YOLO!


c) I'll have just a bite or two. It won't affect my diet significantly, and I'll enjoy it.


d) I'll politely decline. Everyone knows I’ve made a commitment, so I’ve got to prove that I’m sticking to it no matter what!


e) I'll take the dessert and eat it, quietly feeling bad about myself for taking it, but I might have offended someone if I didn’t.


4. A new colleague joins your team, and you're unsure about them. What's your approach?


a) I don't care about their opinions. I'll do things my way regardless of what they think.


b) Let's hang out and get to know each other better right away! We'll figure out things as we go.


c) I don't need to worry about them. I'm excellent at what I do, and nothing they say will affect me.


d) I'll try to outperform them with every assignment.


e) I'll withdraw and keep my distance. I don't think they'll accept me or understand my

struggles.


5. You’ve been given a challenging project at work. How do you tackle it?


a) I'll do it my way, even if I have to bend the rules a bit.


b) I'll jump right in without much planning. Taking risks can lead to great outcomes!


c) I've got this. I can handle anything that comes my way, and this project won't be an issue.


d) I'll make it a competition with my colleagues. I'll show them I can handle the project better than anyone else.


e) I feel overwhelmed and incapable. I don't think I can succeed, so I might as well not even try.


6. You encounter a conflict with a close friend. How do you handle the situation?


a) I'll address it head-on, expressing my feelings openly. I’m a fierce communicator.


b) I'll confront them right away without thinking about the consequences. We need to resolve it immediately.


c) I'm not worried about the conflict. I'm strong, and it won't affect our friendship negatively.


d) I'll continue to press my case. I’m right and they’re wrong. There’s no doubt about that.


e) I'll avoid dealing with the conflict and pretend everything is okay, even if it's not.


7. You receive a promotion at work, and some colleagues seem envious. What's your response?


a) I don't care about their jealousy or what they think. It’s their problem if they don’t like it. I deserve this promotion!


b) I'll celebrate immediately. Let's have fun and forget about the haters!


c) Their envy won't affect me. I'm confident in my abilities. They’ll come around, and we’ll all still be great friends.


d) I'll show them exactly why I was promoted. I’ll achieve my goals faster and be the best person they’ve ever had in that new position.


e) I feel guilty and unworthy. Maybe I shouldn't have gotten the promotion.


8. You’re invited to a social gathering with unfamiliar faces. How do you approach it?


a) I'll just be myself, and if they don't like it, tough luck.


b) I'm thrilled to meet new people! Let's see how many new friends I can make tonight!


c) I'm not worried; I can handle any social situation. I'll fit right in without any issues.


d) I'll take my time to warm up to people, observing from the sidelines.


e) I feel anxious and uncomfortable. I might skip the event altogether, preferring my comfort zone.


9. Your friend needs help moving to a new apartment. What's your response?


a) I have my own things to deal with. They can handle it themselves.


b) I'll drop everything and help them right away, no matter what other plans I may have had.


c) I'll probably skip helping because I don't think anything could go wrong or that they really need me. They'll manage fine without my assistance.


d) I'll show up and single-handedly handle all the heavy lifting. They won't need anyone else's assistance because I've got this covered.


e) I doubt I'll be of much help. I'll probably just get in the way, so I really don’t want to go. But I’ll feel guilty if I don’t, so I guess I will go.


10. You’re faced with a big decision that could change your life. How do you approach it?


a) I'll make the decision all on my own without seeking advice or considering others' opinions.


b) I'll make a quick decision based on my gut feeling. Waiting and thinking it through might lead to missing out on an opportunity.


c) I'm not worried about the decision; no matter what I decide everything will work out perfectly for me.


d) I’ll ruminate, research, and measure carefully my options, maybe making a pros and cons list, because I will make the best decision possible.


e) I feel overwhelmed and uncertain. I might avoid making a decision altogether to avoid potential failure.


Identifying Your Hazardous Attitude


Count how many a’s, b’s, c’s, d’s & e’s you answered in your chart and transfer them into the table below. The high score is your dominant Hazardous Attitude and the lower scores are your less dominant tendencies.


A chart where A's = antiauthority; B's = Impulsivity; C's = Invulnerability; D's = Macho; and E's = Resignation

You might discover that your primary Hazardous Attitude tends to be your default mode, though occasionally, one of your secondary Hazardous Attitudes may seize the spotlight in specific scenarios. If you happen to find one or two boxes without any scores, it suggests that you may rarely exhibit that particular Hazardous Attitude. Remember, no single attitude is inherently superior or inferior. It's merely your unique way of navigating distinct situations, sometimes leading to unexpected challenges.


Now that you've pinpointed your primary and secondary Hazardous Attitudes, let's explore how you can adapt your approach to handle situations with a touch of finesse.


Interpretation

If your dominant Hazardous Attitude is Anti-Authority, you tend to resist or question rules and guidance from authority figures. This could manifest as dismissing important guidance or rules set by mentors or bosses. You may even disregard laws. While it's essential to think for yourself and have independent thoughts, completely dismissing the wisdom and experience of others can lead to risky situations and missed opportunities for growth.

Antidote: The antidote to the anti-authority attitude is understanding that rules and guidelines are often put in place for your safety and well-being. Embracing a more balanced perspective involves being open to the advice of mentors and authority figures, considering their insights, and making informed decisions based on a mix of your own judgment and the collective wisdom around you. Questioning authority when necessary but also acknowledging the wisdom of those with more experience can lead to well-informed decisions.

If your dominant Hazardous Attitude is Impulsivity, you approach situations thoughtfully but might sometimes make impulsive decisions without thinking through the consequences. You might make hasty decisions, such as reacting emotionally in the heat of the moment without considering the potential outcomes. While being spontaneous can be exciting, impulsivity may lead to regrets and potential harm to yourself or others.


Antidote: To counter impulsivity you can practice mindfulness and self-awareness. Taking a moment to pause and reflect before reacting can help avoid impulsive behaviors. Setting clear intentions and being aware of your emotions and thoughts can help you make more considered and responsible decisions.

If your dominant Hazardous Attitude is Invulnerability, you feel invincible and believe that nothing bad will happen to you, but you might be underestimating the potential risks and vulnerabilities in life. This is the “it won't happen to me” attitude. You might engage in risky behaviors without adequately considering the potential dangers. For instance, you may disregard safety precautions in various activities like driving recklessly, not wearing a seat belt, having unprotected sex, or avoiding regular health check-ups, assuming nothing bad will happen.

Antidote: Developing a realistic understanding of risks and consequences is crucial to counter the invulnerability attitude. Educate yourself about the potential negative effects of your situation on your physical and mental health. Recognize that everyone faces challenges and that acknowledging your vulnerabilities is not a sign of weakness. Embracing a more realistic outlook allows you to take appropriate precautions, make safer decisions, and develop a greater sense of empathy and understanding towards others.

If your dominant Hazardous Attitude is Macho, you might take unnecessary risks to prove yourself, seeking to be seen as competent and capable. This might manifest in pushing personal boundaries excessively, such as taking on too much responsibility at work or in personal life, even when it affects mental and physical well-being.

Antidote: The antidote to the macho attitude is self-confidence combined with humility. It's important to remember that true strength comes from making wise decisions that prioritize your well-being and align with your values. You don't need to put yourself in harm's way or constantly seek validation from others to prove your worth. Focus on your personal growth and achievements, celebrating your successes without endangering yourself or others.

If your dominant Hazardous Attitude is Resignation, you tend to avoid taking the lead and might lack confidence in decision-making. Resignation is the feeling of powerlessness or giving up control, assuming that nothing you do can possibly make a difference. This attitude can lead to complacency or not taking necessary actions to achieve personal or professional goals. It might be seen when you face setbacks and assume there's no point in trying again, hindering progress and personal development.


Antidote: Building resilience and a positive outlook is essential to counter resignation. Life can present challenges, but instead of resigning to defeat, seek support, develop resilience, and take proactive steps towards your goals. Embracing a more empowered outlook allows you to overcome obstacles and grow as an individual.


Mindset: Attitude + Behavior + Action = Success

Conclusion


I hope you had as much fun taking this quiz as I did putting it together! Did anything catch you off guard or make you think twice? This Hazardous Attitude quiz isn't just a playful diversion; it's a mirror reflecting the intricate nuances of your decision-making style, showing you how you respond in different scenarios. And here's the thing to keep in mind: These attitudes aren't about being good or bad; they're like your personal life goggles. Knowing them empowers you to make wiser choices in your journey ahead.


Now that you have this newfound self-awareness, take a moment to reflect on how you can apply this knowledge to handle life's challenges more effectively. Consider adapting your approach, fine-tuning your attitude to match each situation. Whether it involves embracing a more balanced perspective, practicing mindfulness, or building resilience, you possess the capacity to master your Hazardous Attitude and elevate your personal and professional life. Begin your journey toward self-mastery today!

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