The Mind Survey

The following questions will help you identify and contemplate various aspects of your mind that you may want to improve.

For each question, assign a number from 1 to 5, with 1 as strongly disagree and 5 as strongly agree.

Note that this questionnaire is NOT a diagnostic tool, but rather a yardstick. It is to help you think about and evaluate your mental performance, and then begin noticing how nutrition impacts certain aspects of your mind. For instance, you may find over time that your shyness or aggressiveness will dissipate with different food choices.

Mental processing, learning ability and memory

  • Are you slow to pick up new skills or ideas?
  • Do you often experience mental fog?
  • Are you terrible at making mathematical calculations in your head?
  • Do you find it difficult to follow the plot of a movie or book?
  • Do you tend to make absentminded mistakes, or are you accident-prone?
  • Do you have a difficult time recalling facts and information (e.g., names, trivia, instructions, commitments, etc.)?
  • Do you frequently misplace or lose things (glasses, keys, wallet, handbag, etc.)?

Focus and stamina

  • Is it difficult for you to sustain attention throughout a long activity, such as a meeting, speech or project?
  • Is it difficult for you to work according to a priority list or schedule?
  • Do you generally jump back and forth from one task or idea to the next?
  • Do you skim over “irrelevant” detail in order to “get to the point”?
  • Are you likely to forgo long-term goals for instance gratification?
  • Do you often make impulsive or thoughtless decisions and commitments, and then later change your mind?
  • Right now, do you feel overwhelmed by all the questions and are tempted to skip ahead or do something else? Gotchya!

Anxiety and fear

  • Do you feel held back by feelings of inferiority or self-consciousness?
  • Do you feel that you don’t have the capacity or are not good enough to achieve your dreams and overcome your challenges?
  • Do you experience panic attacks, sometimes for no apparent reason?
  • Does anxiety or pressure get in the way of your mental performance (e.g., your test-taking ability)?
  • Are you apt to consume brain-numbing substances to temporarily forget your fears (e.g., binge eating or drinking, prescription and/or illegal drug use, etc.)?

Anger and frustration

  • Are you irritated when people or things get in your way?
  • Do you experience outbursts of emotion (e.g., temper, intense crying, etc.)?
  • Do you exhibit frequent mood changes or strong hormonal fluctuations (e.g., severe PMS in women or spiking testosterone in men)?
  • Do you sometimes feel like you are stuck in life?
  • Do you generally disagree with people or respond in an oppositional manner?
  • Do you often feel like you’re being attacked or criticized, misinterpreting statements as negative when they are not. You then go on the defensive by justifying yourself, or on the offensive by counterattacking your “critic”?
  • Do you feel that you must fight a battle in order to achieve your goals, rather than going with the flow and patiently dealing with problems as they arise?
  • Do you take extreme measures to address anger and frustration (e.g., gritting your teeth, shouting, punching the wall, engaging in illegal activity, etc.)?

Control and compulsion

  • Do you run your life by timetables and checklists, finding it difficult to stray from the plan, protocol or routine?
  • Are you a workaholic, unable to rest until things are completed and resolved?
  • Are you highly perfecting and principled, concerned with the “right” way?
  • Are you overly critical of how others think and behave, feeling it necessary to correct them?
  • Are you afraid of making public mistakes or being viewed as mediocre?
  • Is it difficult for you to give up control because you assume another person won’t get it right?
  • Do you have a tendency to hold grudges?
  • Do you tend to have unreasonable attachments to people, activities, possessions, the past or certain ways of being (i.e., unable to move on or “get over it”)?
  • Do you feel absolutely compelled to engage in an irrational activity, especially when nervous or stressed (e.g., eating, cleaning, organizing, shopping, nail biting, skin picking, etc.)?

Worry and obsession

  • Do you tend to assume that small actions will result in detrimental consequences, even if there is no prior indication that anything bad will occur?
  • Do you fantasize about things going horribly wrong, and then take every measure of precaution?
  • Does your focus on danger instead of possibility prevent you from taking chances or engaging in conflict?
  • Are you overly nurturing or empathetic to the extent that it hurts you or your relationships?
  • Does a singular negative thought play on repeat in your mind, often accompanied by a repetitive movement like bobbing or pacing?

Copyright 2011 Andréa Hammond

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