Direction: You will find below some fundamental, either/or descriptions under each of five categories. If your answer (judgment,evaluation) verges more to the first of the two given alternatives, your score is either 5 or 4. If your answer tends to be more the second alternative, You score either 2 or 1. Obviously, if it between the two ideas, you score 3.
Don’t mark or base your judgment on what SHOULD, WOULD, or COULD you think, but in every case, on what you actually DO think. Be honest (otherwise, you have no one to fool but yourself).
Who am I?
Capable of personal decisions/Indecisive
Involved in social concerns/Naïve
Interested in others/Only in self
Superior to most others/Inferior
Great in Potential/Little potential
In Control of life/Out of control
Many pleasing mannerisms/Few
Important to others/Unimportant
Loved by many/Loved by few
Supported by many/supported by few
My love is wanted by many/by few
Valued highly by many/by few
Valued for self/Valued by what I could give
Add much to the group gatherings/Add little
Give much joy to others/Give little
Who are other people?
Ready to help me/Disinterested in me
Concerned about others/only about themeselves
Similar to me/Unlike me
Hurting and needy/In no pain and no need
What is life?
A pleasant experience/A struggle
Important/Doesn’t really matter
An adventure/An endurance contest
An education/A disillusionment
Too short/Too long
A time for growing/for surviving
Perpetually changing and new/Sadly repetitious
A time for giving/A time for getting
I wouldn’t miss it for anything/sorry I got into it
Money is relatively important/almost everything
Tomorrows are eagerly awaited/dreaded
Time is valuable/worthless
Old age is mellow time/ a sad time
Suffering can be a time of growth/an evil to be avoided
Death is a beginning/tragedy
What is the physical world?
Nature is beautiful/unimpressive
The physical world is important/unimportant
The physical world is fascinating/dull
I have great interest in geography-geology/no interest
Animal pets are very enjoyable/a nuisance
I enjoy gardens immensely/never notice them
I have much interest in nature-related hobbies/no interest
Solar system is mind-staggering/is irrelevant to me
Archaelology excites great curiosity/means nothing to me
Certain natural scenes are special to me/have no significance
Ecology is a great concern/excites no interest
The animal kingdom is interesting/irrelevant
Stars are breathtaking/rarely notice them
Nature walks are delightful/silly and boring
Seasons are beautiful/Bothersome
Who is God?
A father-mother/A tyrant taskmaster
Unconditionally loving/Conditionally loving
forgiving/Angry and unrelenting
Interested in me/Not at all interested
Near and close/Distant and detached
Scoring yourself: A very high score on both ends (high 5s and high 1s) indicates an amount of distortion in your worldview. If you are honest, your score should reveal your misconceptions about yourself, other people, life, God, and the world. Collectively, they should point to a distorted personal vision of the world. Hopefully, they also prompt you work at correcting that vision.
Source: John Powell's Fully Human, Fully Alive
Friday, November 14, 2008
Posted by R.O. at 9:17 AM