Quiz mastering the inner

Frangipani dreaming – June Perkins

We’ve come along way from the ink blot and skull personality test, or have we?

Today I was surfing the internet, checking mail, facebook,doing writing research wanders on an artist I am developing as a character in a short story and decided to do some quizzes.  You know the ones that tell you ‘your inner self.’

There are some funny ones out there, like ‘what breed of guinea pig are you’, and some more classical ones like ‘Which Greek Goddess are you?’ and for literary types what character you are in particular books.

What is the purpose of these quizzes?  I first came across them in Women’s Magazines whilst waiting at the Doctors or Dentists. I saw them as something to entertain the reader and a partner to astrological charts. I later did some more  serious ones whilst a first year psychology student, and then my children did various ones when being tested for academic giftedness or assessed for counselling to cope with bullying and social situations.

Personality tests were developed in the 1920s, and were a set of questions designed to reveal the psychology and character of a person.

But their origins go back to the psuedoscience phrenology where the human skull was used to determine a person’s personality and propensity to criminality and later proven to be ridiculous.

Science came along and tided this up and now they are used for army entrance, occupational health, employment testing and it’s a billion dollar industry.

One of the challenges with the tests is that participants can choose what they think is the best response, rather than what is an honest response of their true personality. I remember my son absolutely hating all of them and saying ‘it’s so obvious what you should write to be perceived as normal, and someone really strange could just pick all of those without any worries.’ (He is I should add quite a ‘normal’ person (whatever that means), if somewhat shy unless with guitar in hand.)

But along with the serious tests developed by psychologists and social scientists, which try to scientifically collect the data with likert scales (strongly agree to strongly disagree per topic) there are the popular pop quizzes you see pop up regularly as apps, on facebook, and online.

These are presented in a fun way, without scales, and often with a visual basis. They are usually quite short!

From a creative writing point of view I think they would be useful for characters in a novel to do them in waiting rooms, and let the reader know about themselves that way.  Or a scene with two friends discussing their results would be fun!

Playbuzz  has several of them that seem especially popular with my friends.  People seem to love sharing something about themselves after playing these games, especially if they like the results and feel that somehow the quiz really did show them for who they are.

So here are my results for today.

What Greek Goddess are you?

“Goddess of Marriage (Queen of the gods)
You have a very patient and motherly disposition. You look after all of those you care about in one way or another. Your patience is made of steel and you hardly ever get angry. Many say you are gullible but you actually see more than they think…however sometimes you have a tendency to let people step all over you anyways even when you know they are doing just that!”

Which Iconic Character were you born to play?

“You were born to play Princess Leia from “Star Wars”! :You are a real independent, funny, and smart person. You have tons of charisma, you are lovable, talented and people are just drawn to you. Basically, you’re BADASS. You’ll be the perfect princess Leia!”

What is your inner tree?

Cypress Tree: Your friends say you are an old soul. Like this ancient Cypress, you have seen the sands of time wash over the word, and as a result know all of the world’s mysteries. Some may say you are stuck in the mud, others admire your steadfastness and large amount of heart. Keep up the good work Cypress, but don’t forget to shake things up when they start to get to normal for even your old-fashioned tastes.

What genres should you read next?

You got Paranormal! You are interested in something supernatural and interesting! Maybe some mystery and unexplained occurences Recommendation: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting


One of the challenges of some of these quizzes is if you know anything about what is in the quiz when given a choice.  I attempted the ‘What Muso Type are you?’ but didn’t like or know most of the music listed, so I am not going to bother to do or share that one.  But then there are so many you can just find one that you feel like doing.

The type of quiz you choose may say more about you than the actual quiz.

Are you more Frodo than Sam? (Would someone who hasn’t read or seen or liked Lord of the Rings take this one?)

What kind of gun suits you (really would a peace loving person take this one?)

What Avenger would you marry? (Fictional character)

I am  sure my daughter would do any quiz with guinea pigs or dragons in it.

My eldest son would avoid them all like the plague while my youngest would sit on the fence and do some with his sister for fun.

So what are your favourite personality quizzes, what did they teach you about yourself and have you ever constructed one?

So signing off,

It ‘s June who has discovered she is – Hera, Princess Leia, with inner Cypress, and about to read more paranormal.

Inner Peace

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Inner Peace – By June Perkins

This poem continues my daily warm ups in poetic techniques and is a Naani, an Indian form of poetry that reminds me of the Haiku.  Its form consists of four lines adding up to a maximum of 25 syllables.

Here is my attempt to write a set of linked Naani. I’d like to write a few more of these to truly master the form.  I do like the potential of it and it lends itself to pithy lines.

Inner peace
With curious questions
To confused inner child
Who rebels only to understand

World peace
Begins with inner peace
Calming the inner child
To make Divine footprints

Divine footprints
Give power
To one so young
To become future ancient

Equality needs one feather more
To assist her flight
To true destiny

By June Perkins

Thinking Toes and Twinkling Readers

Girl Writing
Peagreenchick – Flickr Creative commons- vintage pics

Once upon a time my children and I played you-say-a-line-I-say-a-line, stories.  It was amusing, imaginative and kept us all on our thinking toes, although my daughter had a habit of killing lots of our characters until we had created on that she liked.

But years have passed and we haven’t played the I say-a-line-you-say a-line game for ages!

A couple of days ago I shared a story idea with my daughter and she became excited.   She was delighted with a creature and character I had invented and, being an artist, was immediately keen to draw them both in action.

She so loved the idea of my first two characters (a good sign I trust) that she enthusiastically began to look up names for them and several future characters and take notes!

‘They have to mean something Mum and then we can try different languages,’ and she popped along to some online translator which had audio of how the names would sound.

‘Do you like this name?’ Many words were clicked on, and the computer voice sometimes with a charming accent read them for us, and then we’d vote.

Now a writer of ego might have said –‘this is my story’  but she represents my potential readers and so she is very important to listen to.

Can’t tell you too much detail of our conversations, at this stage they are top secret!

Before I knew it my youngest son heard us laughing, haggling over the characters and generally having fun like the old days, and popped in to see what was going on.

Soon, at his insistence, he was involved and mapping the world.   There were mountains, forests, and more.  My children had become  engaged readers keen to take ownership of a creative world in the making.

The story I shared with them had become a collaboration.   Our past had become our present but now as my sage daughter noted ‘we are more sophisticated now.’

I created a world, and they began to help me fill it out, and paint it.  I felt a connection to two of my readers, or should I say co-storytellers.

I am ready to embark on the journey of this story and take two co-creating travelers with me, although as group leader, they do give me final word on things, after a bit of to and fro.

Not to mention I can work on it when they are at school, in some peace, until they have their next input.

Stephane O – Flickr creative commons

A Day for Happiness

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It’s international happiness day and on facebook someone at Red Cross asks me what makes me smile.

Solua Middleton blogs about what a genuine smile looks like and what made her smile.

So putting my best smiley face on, and finding a family picture that really makes me grin (see above) this is what I came up with.

What makes me smile and feel happy:

1) My children and hubby laughing
2) Seeing long lost and new friends for surprise visits
3) Watching a stand up comic like Arge Barker, who makes me laugh and think
4) Taking a photograph I am proud of
5) Having something published, read and enjoyed
6) Beautiful nature – butterflies, waterfalls, greenery
7) Our pet guinea pigs antics, especially Chocolate ‘the character’
8) Reading a funny book, seeing funny art- comics
9) Good clean drinking water
10)The End of Bullying

1) Practical steps to world peace and inner peace
2) Harmony at school, workplace, home, Australia (unity in diversity harmony not through all being the SAME).
3) Step to end world hunger
4) The achievement of world literacy
5) The achievement of world health
6) The end of bullying
7) People who care about others
8) People who try to make the world a better place
9) Great writers
10)Great film makers

Happiness, expressed in a smile, is amazing and can make others smile, but happiness through connection, security, safety, creativity now that’s the ultimate.

Have you ever just looked at someone and seen their smile reach right down to their toes!  They positively beam! Now that’s a smile.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a whole decade or century of happiness, rather than a day, a month, or a year.  But perhaps it is the ups and downs of life that make us aware of what truly makes us happy.

But wouldn’t it be true world happiness to have everyone be happy because they had the same opportunities, and access to a reasonable standard of living.

Here are two local people who always make me smile when I see them!

They listen, care and ask after family and they also care about their community.

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