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Hero potential quiz

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Are you a Hero or a Bystander?  Take this quiz, and post your results.  Then, tonight @ 9, learn the science behind it all - why some are more likely to help out, while others watch.

Gauge Your Hero Potential

Answer each on a six-point scale, with 1 being 'strongly disagree' and 6 being 'strongly agree':

  • I often have tender, concerned feelings for people less fortunate than me.
  • Fear does not keep me from pursuing my goals.
  • I try to understand my friends better by imagining how things look from their perspective.
  • Despite numerous setbacks, I usually succeed at getting what I want.
  • Fear does not stop me from doing the right thing.
  • I want to be competent, and I believe I can be.
  • Being truthful is extremely important to me.

Results: Heroism is linked to traits such as bravery, empathy, hopefulness and coping ability. The higher your scored, the more heroic you are likely to be in an emergency.

Source: WSJ reporting based on scales used by researchers

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