The Savvy Session

S1 Episode 10 - The Four Tendencies

August 22, 2022 Paula Kircher & Kirsten Ramos Season 1 Episode 10
The Savvy Session
S1 Episode 10 - The Four Tendencies
Show Notes

How do you respond to expectations?

Are you an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel?

Gretchen Rubin, author of The Four Tendencies and The Happiness Project, discovered that people fit into one of The Four Tendencies.  

The Four Tendencies explain why we act and why we don’t act.

  • Upholders - respond readily to both outer expectations and inner expectations. They don’t need deadlines or supervision; they keep themselves on track. 
  • Questioners - question all expectations, and will meet an expectation only if it’s justified, so that it becomes an inner expectation.  Questioners want to know why a task should be done this way—and whether it should be done at all.
  • Obligers - respond readily to outer expectations but struggle to meet inner expectations. They need deadlines, late fees, supervision, and accountability partners. 
  • Rebels - resist all expectations, outer and inner alike. They want to do a task their own way.

Are you curious which Tendency you might be? 

Link to Gretchen’s quiz is here:

Join us on our latest podcast as we talk about Gretchen’s book & find out which Tendency Kirsten & Paula are!