Complying immediately when your partner tells you to do an unpleasant job in an authoritarian manner.
Turning off the lights, laying in bed, and instantly falling asleep without getting distracted by thoughts.
Following the rules without wondering why they’re there in the first place.
Not stating your opinion when you strongly disagree with something that is being said
Saying, “we don’t need to re-make the wheel here” or “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”
Taking the blue pill
Starting a puppy mill
Dispassionately throwing away a letter from an old lover
Listening only with the intention of replying
Volunteering to be the master of ceremonies at your next high school reunion
Ignoring logical fallacies in a face-to-face argument
Typing in all caps
Saying a simple “goodbye” instead of adding “have a great day!” “it was great to see you!” or “let’s do this again!”
Saying “I don’t want to talk,” when a friend who’s going through a hard time calls you up
Not making a list of goals for an entire week
Being passive-aggressive and mysteriously quiet instead of saying directly what’s wrong when you’re mad at someone
Distracting yourself with reality TV when an important decision needs to be made
Not taking over a meeting when it is being run inefficiently or ineffectively
Taking people at face-value without reading into any underlying meanings or motives
Passing a bookstore without going in
Starting a conflict or argument just because you’re bored
Jubilantly engaging in small talk and gossip because it’s the polite thing to do
Deleting your 20-year-life-plan and deciding to live entirely in the moment from now on
Asking “Are you okay?” whenever someone isn’t smiling
Spending six months at a silent retreat
Declining an invitation to a party because you have paperwork that needs to be done
Setting up a detailed to-do list for the week and following it to the tee.
Driving the speed limit in the left-hand lane
Saying no to a dare because it’s too scary
Sniffing loudly instead of blowing your nose
Drinking instant coffee when you have the money for Starbucks
Bullying someone simply because the popular crowd is doing it
Standing in the middle of an escalator
Telling your life story to someone you just met
Using generalizations rather than specifics when arguing
Blocking the sidewalk to get a photo
Giving the silent treatment to a partner and making them guess what’s wrong for an ENTIRE day
Not crying or feeling emotional when watching “The Notebook”
Not holding the door for the person behind you
Letting someone place a glass of ice water on a wooden coffee table
Seeing a job being done inefficiently and deciding it would be better just to ignore it and not say anything
Not returning your shopping cart at the store
Accepting all compliments with a simple “thank you” and not discounting them, brushing them off, or coming up with a compliment to give back
Looking at your phone when someone is talking to you
Calling up an ostentatious talk-show host and getting into a screaming match on-air
Going to a new doctor without looking at their reviews or checking their credentials
Sending an email without re-reading it to check for errors
Finishing a food item and putting the empty container back in the fridge
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