The Quiz to Find Your Quiz - Believer Magazine

The Quiz to Find Your Quiz

by Megan Reid
Design by Kristen Radtke

Over the course of the twentieth century, personality quizzes shifted from the realms of psychology and science to those of self-help and entertainment. In the process, their pop-cultural forms multiplied exponentially from simple yes-or-no questions to quizzes based on more com-plicated disciplines, such as psychology and mathematics. Instead of being administered by a professional, or relying on an overarching dogma (helpfully shaking the woo-woo reputation of birth charts or palmistry in the process), the American personality test combines individualist notions of self-improvement with our appetite for fun. The dismissively gendered reputation of these quizzes as fluffy and adolescent belies the existential questions they often pose: Who am I? What do I want? Does how I seem match how I feel?

—Megan Reid

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