Want to know if you’re a Rebel, Obliger, Upholder, or Questioner? Take this Four Tendencies Quiz to find the accurate answer based on Gretchen Rubin’s book.
The Four Tendencies Quiz, Explained
With 20 self-reflection questions, the Four Tendencies Quiz is a self-assessment for expectation response. The test identifies if you’re an Upholder who meets expectations, a Questioner who doubts expectations, an Obliger who prioritizes external expectations, or a Rebel who hates all expectations—even the internal ones.
The Four Tendency is a personality framework created by Gretchen Rubin. According to her theory, people can be categorized into four primary groups based on how they respond to inner and outer expectations.
What Are the Four Tendencies
The four Tendency types are Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, and Rebel. Each of these natures reacts to rules, regulations, and obligations differently, making it difficult for them to adjust to new habits in the same way.
An Upholder tends to meet both inner and outer expectations readily. This particular Tendency quickly adapts to rules and excels at challenging tasks when they’re paired with regulations and deadlines. The only downside to this Tendency is that Upholders often struggle with failure anxiety and perform poorly when there are no boundaries.
Questioners only follow rules that make sense. They tend to examine and evaluate every rule, cherry-picking the ones backed with logic and reason. The only downside to this Tendency is that Questioners might struggle with following direct orders, and they also fall behind when there’s no creativity involved.
Also known as a people-pleaser, an Obliger prioritizes outer expectations while failing to care for the inner ones. While people with this Tendency stand out in workplaces or academic settings, their self-negligence often leads to stress, depression, and lack of motivation.
Rebels tend to resist both inner and outer expectations. Contrary to an Upholder, a Rebel feels locked in when there are too many rules and deadlines—but excels in creative works such as art. The biggest disadvantage of the Rebel Tendency is that it tires both the Rebel and the people who want to work with them, as it’s challenging to fit them into any framework.
Why It Matters to Know Your Tendencies
The Four Tendencies help you better understand yourself. And in Gretchen Rubin’s words, “Self-knowledge is the secret to happiness and success. The better you know yourself, your own nature, your own value, and your own temperament, the better able you are to bring these elements into your everyday life.”
Understanding your Tendency can aid you in developing new habits, managing your reaction to expectations, and effectively expressing your needs to others. In a way, your Tendency type compares to your love language; once you become fluent in it, others can better comprehend your needs.
Find Out if You’re an Upholder, Obliger, Rebel, or Questioner
Do you want to know which of the Four Tendencies you have? If yes, take this obligation and expectancy quiz to see what motivates you and what sets you back. Are you a workaholic Upholder, a people-pleasing Obliger, a philosophical Questioner, or a stubborn Rebel? Let’s find out now!
By the way, people who like our Four Tendencies Quiz also happen to enjoy our other trending test, “What Is My Talent?” It reveals what hidden-gem skills you have—and what to do with them.
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How to Play?
Playing personality quizzes is straightforward: Choose the option that’s true about you—or you relate to—and select “Next.” Unlike trivia quizzes, personality tests have no right or wrong answers. But the questions are in forced-choice format. The point is to push you to choose an option that makes the most sense, not the one that’s 100% true. For the most accurate results, don’t overthink your responses. Go with options that you “feel” are the best.
Questions of the quiz
- 1Pick the word that better describes how you feel about deadlines.
I don’t like them, but I meet all deadlines
I love them; they keep me disciplined
It depends on the type of deadline we’re talking about
I hate all kinds of deadlines
- 2What motivates you to do more work?
Making others happy
It depends on the work
Getting paid (money)
- 3What kind of manager or boss is your favorite?
- 4How do you deal with failure?
I usually can’t move on
I learn from my mistakes and move on
It depends on the type of failure
Failures don’t bother me; IDC
- 5What’s your definition of success?
Making everyone proud of you
Good career and financial stability
Achieving peace of mind
Living life to its fullest
- 6How difficult is it for you to form new habits?
Not difficult at all
It depends on the habit
- 7What do expectations mean to you?
Stressful standards that I must meet
Helpful signs to help shape my path
Stereotypical nonsense with no benefit
Unnecessary drama and boring cliches
- 8Do you spend enough time to care for yourself?
Not at all. I’m focused on other stuff
Yes, I’m actively trying to care for myself
Not really, but I’m working on it
No, I’m fine. I don’t need that
- 9Are you good at following rules?
Yes, I’m an excellent team member
For the most part, yes. But I’m a better leader
It depends on what rules we’re talking about
No, I hate all sorts of rules and boundaries
- 10What kind of manager or boss are you (or would you be)?
- 11What’s your dream workplace like?
An equality-oriented safe place
A professional and work-focused environment
A creativity-boosting, modern environment
A quiet place with limited human interactions
- 12What could trigger your anxiety?
Possibility of failure
- 13What kind of jobs do you excel in?
None of them
- 14Which word matches your personality?
- 15What’s your strategy for setting deadlines?
I give myself some extra time just in case
I determine the exact date and time from the get-go
It depends on the type of task I’m working on
I don’t set deadlines; I hate them
- 16What kind of coworkers are difficult to work with?
I don’t like people in general. So …
- 17How do you feel about competitions?
It makes me nervous
I love a good competition
IDK. It depends on the type of competition I’m in
I don’t like any type of competition
- 18On a scale of 0 to 5, how competitive are you?
- 19What’s the most important aspect of a rule?
- 20Final question: How good are you at time management?