Discovering Your Rebel Type

For each scenario, circle the one response that is most true for you.

In childhood photos, I
am always smiling and posing.
am sitting up straight with a serious look on my face.
have an "Are we done yet?" look that conveys what an interruption the photo shoot was to my plans.
slouched, leaned, laid all the way down, or hid behind someone/something.
When board games come out at a party, I
want to play and be part of the group.
know, follow, and enforce the rules.
play to win.
enjoy watching others play.
When it comes to a dreaded project or chore, I
try to turn it into a game.
like figuring out exactly what needs to be done and doing it all correctly.
get a thrill from checking it off as yet another item "done" on my to-do list.
often dink around until it's too late or someone else has already done it.
When there's a sudden change of plans, I
may be devastated (if the change makes me feel disappointed) or elated (if the change makes me feel anticipation).
will be distressed because what I'd counted on happening is not happening and may attempt to reverse the change and make the original plan happen after all.
react in frustration, even anger, to the loss of control.
patiently roll with it -- "It is what it is."
If I had a day of free time, I would love to
get together with friends and family for a spontaneous party.
reorganize a closet, a room, the garage, or the entire house.
start and/or finish a new project.
When developing a relationship with a new boss (or other authority figure), I
try to get to know him and make him laugh.
analyze his expectations and strive to meet them.
challenge him, testing his right to be in charge.
try not to attract any attention for the wrong reason.
When it comes to my clothing choices, I am drawn to
eye-catching colors and prints.
coordinated outfits in subdued hues.
If my flight were to be delayed by five hours, I would want to
talk to all the interesting people hanging out in the airport with me.
catch up on my reading.
make progress on a project via my laptop and cell phone.
find a quiet place to catch a nap.
If a stranger were to watch me for a week, she would conclude that I highly value
I learn best by
talking, active discussion, debate.
seeing, visualization, diagrams.
listening, repeating aloud, hearing audiobooks/videos/podcasts.
getting hands-on, making a model, demonstrating a process.
If I were to enter a competition and do poorly, the worst part of the entire experience for me would be
disappointing others; not giving them something to cheer about.
making mistakes; trying to figure out what I’d done wrong.
not being #1
all the stress of the entire experience.
When learning a new skill, the thing that upsets me the most is
illogical instructions.
failure to progress rapidly.
The worst part about being sick for me is
being isolated from people.
the germs, messes, and medications.
the to-do list that’s not getting done.
not feeling well enough to actually enjoy the R&R.
Behind my back, I’m pretty sure people say that I’m too
In school, my response to a group assignment was typically
euphoria that I could receive class credit for socializing.
resignation that I would be the one to make sure the finished product was good enough to turn in.
determination to make sure everyone did his/her part rather than just getting a free ride on my efforts.
satisfaction that there were plenty of other people in the group to make sure it got done (and usually at least one of them was far more invested than I was).
I consider someone a bad driver if he
honks at me or makes a rude gesture.
doesn’t follow the rules of the road, thus endangering the safety of others.
drives slowly in front of me rather than pulling over to let me pass.
causes an accident.
I am likely to find it difficult to respect an authority figure who is
My biggest time management issue is
optimism: I act as if everything will magically work out (and, if not, who cares if I’m a little late?).
deciding a project is “done enough”: I get so caught up in little details that projects often remain unfinished.
energy management: I start too many projects and try to do them all simultaneously.
breaking a large project into smaller steps: I focus on the expected end result and get so intimidated that I put it off, often until it’s far too late to actually do it at all, let alone well.
An important contribution I make to my friendships and to my family is demonstrating how to
really enjoy life.
care about quality.
get things done.
live at peace.
If our family were to plan a trip together, they would rely on me for _____ (but then…)
spontaneous enthusiasm and tons of excitement (but then I might forget to pack half the necessaries).
alphabetized checklists for packing (but then I might become stressed from double-checking all the pre-travel details).
leadership in setting concrete goals for the trip: where to go, what to see, how long to stay (but then I might tire everyone else out with a demanding daily agenda).
a calm and easygoing presence, with a bit of dry humor that breaks any tension (but then I might dig in my heels right at the worst possible moment).
Others would describe my walk as
When checking in to a hotel,I
tell the person behind the counter all about why I’ve come to town and ask for restaurant recommendations.
ask for a room that’s away from traffic and noise.
pray for no line and quick service.
hope the bed is comfortable.
Of the following, the one I find most distressing is
If I were to asked to help plan a friend’s birthday party, I’d want to
welcome guests as they arrive and get them involved in mixer games.
make sure the invitations are accurate and include a map.
order the food and decorations.
show up and help however.
When my plans don’t turn out the way I’d expected, I’m likely to respond
with disappointment shortly followed by a better new plan.
with days of let-down and wondering why this always happens to me.
by blaming whoever messed up my plan.
by making fewer plans.

The Expressive Rebel

The Expressive Rebel's Idea of Victory:

When she's enjoying relationships with others

A Couple of the Expressive Rebel's Top Emotional Needs:

  • Attention
  • Approval
  • A Few of the Expressive Rebel's God-given Assets:

  • Talkative, storyteller
  • Life of the party
  • Good sense of humor
  • Enthusiastic and expressive
  • Cheerful and bubbly
  • A Few of the Expressive Rebel's Potential Liabilities:

  • Compulsive talker
  • Exaggerates and elaborates
  • Dwells on trivia
  • Cannot remember names
  • Scares people off
  • The Expressive Rebel's Danger Zone:

    When an Expressive is overstressed, she naturally slides toward People-Pleasing.

    The Analytic Rebel

    The Analytic Rebel's Idea of Victory:

    When she's achieved and maintained excellence

    A Couple of the Analytic Rebel's Top Emotional Needs:

  • Sensitivity
  • Space
  • A Few of the Analytic Rebel's God-given Assets:

  • Deep and thoughtful
  • Serious and purposeful
  • Genius-prone
  • Talented and creative
  • Artistic or musical
  • A Few of the Analytic Rebel's Potential Liabilities:

  • Remembers the negative
  • Moody and down
  • Enjoys being hurt
  • False humility
  • Off in another world
  • The Analytic Rebel's Danger Zone:

    When an Analytical is stressed, she most naturally slides toward Perfectionism.

    The Driving Rebel

    The Driving Rebel's Idea of Victory:

    When she is initiating change

    A Couple of the Driving Rebel's Top Emotional Needs:

  • Achievement
  • Appreciation
  • A Few of the Driving Rebel's God-given Assets:

  • Born leader
  • Dynamic and active
  • Compulsive need for change
  • Must correct wrongs
  • Strong-willed and decisive
  • A Few of the Driver's Potential Liabilities:

  • Bossy
  • Impatient
  • Quick-tempered
  • Cannot relax
  • Too impetuous
  • The Driving Rebel's Danger Zone:

    When a Driver is stressed, she naturally slides toward Performancism.

    The Amiable Rebel

    The Amiable Rebel's Idea of Victory:

    When she's in a place of peace

    A Couple of the Amiable Rebel's Top Emotional Needs:

  • Respect
  • Self-worth
  • A Few of the Amiable Rebel's God-given Assets:

  • Low-key personality
  • Easygoing and relaxed
  • Calm, cool, and collected
  • Patient and well-balanced
  • Consistent life
  • A Few of the Amiable Rebel's Potential Liabilities:

  • Unenthusiastic
  • Fearful and worried
  • Indecisive
  • Avoids responsibility
  • Quiet will of iron
  • The Amiable Rebel's Danger Zone:

    When an Amiable is stressed, she naturally slides toward Procrastination.