Can You Survive the Resiliency Quiz?


My resiliency has taken a nose dive since going off my miracle Mirapex.  Since I feel exhausted all the time rather than  bounce back from any exertion I tend to splat.  So I found Carolyn Thomas’ post on resiliency really interesting. Out of curiosity I took the resiliency test, that’s posted at the end, twice:  The first time how I’m feeling currently and then how I would have responded PRE-fibromyalgia/heart stuff.

I was pleasantly and unexpectedly surprised.  I’m a bit MORE resilient POST fibromyalgia/heart stuff than PRE. When I thought about it, it began to make sense.    

Judy’s Journal

Here’s an excerpt from Carolyn Thomas’ post (Read her whole post it’s very good)

“Psychologist Dr. Al Siebert, author of The Survivor Personality: Why Some People Are Stronger, Smarter, and More Skillful at Handling Life’s Difficulties, examines some interesting differences between survivors.”

“Every transformational journey is unique, he reminds us, but some survivors remain emotionally wounded for life. They relive and re-experience distressing moments again and again. On the other hand, some survivors recover fairly well with the help of an accommodating family and friends, or appropriate professional help.”

“Some, however, do more than simply recover, and survivors in this third group have two things in common, according to Dr. Siebert:

  1. They integrate the traumatic experience into their identity and make the experience a defining part of their life story.
  2. They talk or write about the trauma in a way that is helpful to others.

Resiliency Quiz, created by the late Al Siebert, PhD.

Rate yourself from 1 to 5 on the following: (1 = very little, 5 = very strong)

1 2 3 4 5

  1. In a crisis or chaotic situation, I calm myself and focus on taking useful actions.
  2. I’m usually optimistic. I see difficulties as temporary and expect to overcome them.
  3. I can tolerate high levels of ambiguity and uncertainty about situations.
  4. I adapt quickly to new developments. I’m good at bouncing back from difficulties.
  5. I’m playful. I find the humor in rough situations, and can laugh at myself.
  6. I’m able to recover emotionally from losses and setbacks. I have friends I can talk with. I can express my feelings to others and ask for help. Feelings of anger, loss and discouragement don’t last long.
  7. I feel self-confident, appreciate myself. and have a healthy concept of who I am.
  8. I’m curious. I ask questions. I want to know how things work. I like to try new ways of doing things.
  9. I learn valuable lessons from my experiences and from the experiences of others.
  10. I’m good at solving problems. I can use analytical logic, be creative, or use practical common sense.
  11. I’m good at making things work well. I’m often asked to lead groups and projects.
  12. I’m very flexible. I feel comfortable with my paradoxical complexity. I’m optimistic and pessimistic, trusting and cautious, unselfish and selfish, and so forth.
  13. I’m always myself, but I’ve noticed that I’m different in different situations.
  14. I prefer to work without a written job description. I’m more effective when I’m free to do what I think is best in each situation.
  15. I “read” people well and trust my intuition.
  16. I’m a good listener. I have good empathy skills.
  17. I’m non-judgmental about others and adapt to people’s different personality styles.
  18. I’m very durable. I hold up well during tough times. I have an independent spirit underneath my cooperative way of working with others.
  19. I’ve been made stronger and better by difficult experiences.
  20. I’ve converted misfortune into good luck and found benefits in bad experiences.

80 or higher very resilient!
65-80 better than most
50-65 slow, but adequate
40-50 you’re struggling
40 or under seek help!

To read the INTERPRETATIONS of the scores CLICK HERE.

7 comments on “Can You Survive the Resiliency Quiz?

  1. I tried your idea of pre/post: I used the pre as being the point before the cascade of losing job, pain getting worse, not finding another job, becoming a caregiver to an unwilling “patient, and shuffling back and forth”, then trying to settle the estate, battle chronic depression (now know part of bipolar)
    Wow — there was a 32 point difference between before and now. And, not in a positive sense. All I’ve been through, right now anyways, hasn’t made me more resilent (spelling — many folks would enjoy me being re silent, lol), just tired and more jaded, pessimistic, and negative than I was before the crash of 2004. Not every day. It’s like the mood test I take at my doctor’s; it’s always within a range of points, and I usually write comments in the margins!
    Thanks for the test. I’ll try it again some time when I’m feeling more resilient (or re silent) lol


  2. Ah…I find I’m very resilient, but I need to build my stamina…my ability to do things without getting too tired, or doing too much. (that’s my biggest downfall. I do too much then I can’t do anything for a while. You would think I would learn, but in my head, I believe, I really believe, I can do it. But someone forgot to remind my body I can’t do the things I used to.

    Hope you find some energy soon….and share it with me. Or just tell me how you did it. : )


  3. I would say these women score high on that resiliency scale. They would win a gold metal,
    if there were a resiliency event at the Olympics:) Now if they could run a country…..that
    little one in Rome……

    I rate high on this quiz, amazingly so, but #20…not so much…. yet on this one.

    Judy, your Art is amazing. Hope you get over this rough patch quickly…xO


  4. Hello JudyJudith and thanks for the nice plug to my resiliency article on Heart Sisters: “How life’s worst tragedies turn into great speech material”. Hope you perk up soon! 😉


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