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Quiz: are you hypersensitive

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 29, 2012
First Published: 17:57 IST(29/12/2012) | Last Updated: 01:33 IST(30/12/2012)

Are you extremely fragile emotionally and break down into a flood of tears easily? Find out how sensitive you are with this quiz

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For each item, choose one of the three options based on how you think, feel and behave across situations. 

1  Your boyfriend/ girlfriend gives a negative feedback, you:
 A. Feel teary and insecure that their love is drying up
 B. Get enraged and vow to do a tit-for-tat
 C. Try to understand their rationale


2  A friend is unable to attend your birthday party owing to a work commitment, you:
 A. Feel his/ her affection is a farce
 B. Are sad, but find reassurance in good memories of friendship  
 C. Conclude that you are unworthy


3  Despite working hard on a project you encounter a failure, you:
 A. Are hurt and motivate yourself to give a second shot
 B. Lock yourself in a room and withdraw
 C. Go clubbing to distract yourself 


4  Whenever anyone narrates a sob story, you: 
 A. Are always ready to play the rescuer   
 B. Figure out whether you need to do something or not
 C. Feel vulnerable and scared

5   Your favourite team screws up the final cricket match series, you:
 A. Have to restrain from smashing the television set
 B. Experience temporary low mood, but get back to life  
 C. Are haunted by the loss   

6  A person you are trying to hit on refuses to pay attention, you:
 A. Follow him/ her and demand an explanation 
 B. Get the message and explore other options  
 C. Plan to enhance your appearance   

7  The world is:
 A. A mixture of good and bad  
  B. Full of mean and cruel people   
  C.A part of the solar system 

8 People close to you feel that:
 A. You feel miserable at the drop of a hat
 B. You are emotionally inconsistent  
 C. You are balanced   

   
9  You read the title of this quiz and were:
  A. Scared to take it, thinking it may reveal something 
  B. Trying to apply it to others 
  C. Interested to know about yourself   


10  After watching an intense movie, you:
 A. Get disturbing dreams
 B. Cry endlessly
 C. Can swiftly carry out other plans

Scoring:
1)  A=2,  B=3,  C=1
2)  A=2,  B=1,  C=3
3)  A=1,  B=3,  C=2
4)  A=2,  B=1,  C=3
5)  A=2,  B=1,  C=3
6)  A=3,  B=1,  C=2
7)  A=1,  B=3,  C=2
8)  A=3,  B=2,  C=1
9)  A=3,  B=2,  C=1
10)  A=2,  B=3,  C=1


What does your score say:
Between 10 - 15: You are a sensitive person, but at the same time, do not allow these emotions to make you irrational. This is a strength that helps you balance your emotional and practical sides. However, in some contexts, you need to communicate your stand clearly, as some people may wrongly perceive you as cold.      

Between 16- 30: You are overly sensitive, feel inadequate within and get hurt easily. You carry a deep mistrust and it is hard for you to believe that others will stay on through thick and thin. You need to contain your feelings, otherwise, they will create havoc in your life. Once you are able to develop better self-control, your sensitivity will enable you to win the love of others.  
 
--by Dr Pulkit Sharma,clinical psychologist


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