Just like there are two sides to every story, there are two versions of every personality: how you see yourself and how other people see you. Without even realizing it, you may be acting in ways that could alienate friends and scare off potential lovers.
Do you see yourself the way the world sees you? Answer these questions and find out how you come across — and what you can do about it!
Are you sensitive… or overemotional?
It’s one thing to get a little teary during a sappy movie, but if you cry because the waiter messed up your dinner order, you’re in danger of being perceived as an emotional wreck.
It’s good to be in touch with your emotions, but when you put your feelings on display, think about how other people might see you. If you feel yourself melting down over something small, take a deep breath and remind yourself how silly you’ll look crying over a piece of chicken.
Are you funny… or obnoxious?
Just because you feel like the life of the party, doesn’t mean you actually are. Trying to make other people laugh comes from a good place, but the next time you’re in joke mode, take a step back to consider how you’re coming off to the crowd.
Are you dominating the conversation with your endless jokes? If so, it’s time to take a step out of the spotlight and let someone else have a chance to make you laugh! You just might be surprised by who can tickle your funny bone — and your heart.
Are you sophisticated… or uptight?
When it comes to social situations, no one wants to look like they just fell off the turnip truck. But sometimes in an effort to come across as classy, you end up looking like a boring prude or obnoxious snob.
Even in the most formal situations, it’s always appropriate to show some personality. So go ahead, laugh a little, give someone a wink and a smile — just remember to keep your elbows off the table!
Are you smart… or a know-it-all?
You’re a smart cookie and you’re not afraid to show it. But if you’re constantly correcting other people, you’re probably being taken for a nasty little know-it-all. There’s no need to dumb yourself down, but remember that it’s a conversation — not a lecture.
If someone mispronounces a word, don’t interrupt just to call attention to their error. Let it go and the conversation will flow. Eventually, an opportunity will present itself for you to show off your smarts in a much more interesting, friendly — and sexy — way.
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