KOKOLOGY 101: Empty inside

Some days everything just seems to go your way. Traffic clears a path for you on your way to work; your boss takes the day off; you win the office pool. Each bit of luck comes as a pleasant surprise. Of course, there’s another side to the unexpected. All it takes is a run on your stocking or a stain on your favorite tie to bring you right back down to grim reality. Good or bad, it’s the little surprises that keep things interesting.

You go to a local bakery and buy a jelly doughnut. But when you get home and take a bite, you discover it’s missing one essential ingredient – the jelly inside. How do you react to this bit of bad luck?

1. take the defective doughnut back to the shop and get another one

2. tell yourself, “these things happen,” and eat the empty doughnut as is

3. eat something else

4. try filling the empty doughnut with something like maple syrup or jam to make it taste better

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Answer key:

Q: What do you call a jelly doughnut without any jelly in it? A: a nasty surprise.

And speaking of the unexpected, you may be surprised to hear that the response you chose for this scenario shows the role you play among your friends.

1. take the defective doughnut back to the shop and get another one

An orthodox thinker who isn’t easily thrown off guard by odd occurrences, you can be relied on not to panic when the unexpected happens. But you aren’t the type to take command and lead the way. Rather, you tend to support leader types with your clear judgment and coolheaded advice.

2. tell yourself, “these things happen,” and eat the empty doughnut as is

You don’t let surprises ruffle your feathers, accepting whatever hand the fates deal you. Your patience and flexibilty make you incredibly easy to get along with, and it could be said you’re the glue that holds the circle of friends together. Because you don’t make a fuss over things, it sometimes seems that you fade into the background. But like air, you go unnoticed only until you’re not around.

3. eat something else

Quick to decide and quick to act, you’re a natural leader in any group. You come into your own when things get out of hand and the situation calls for one person to take charge and decide a course of action. You don’t hem and haw over where to go for dinner or what movie to see – the word indecision is not in your vocabulary. That air of confidence and authority means that when you speak, the people around you listen.

4. try filling the empty doughnut with something like maple syrup or jam to make it taste better

Your talent for coming up with innovative solutions makes you the undisputed idea generator in your clique. Everyone has common sense, but you have a knack for uncommon sense that lets you see opportunities where others see only problems. Your creative instincts mean you run the risk of getting carried away with yourself and seeming eccentric from time to time, but people feel safe knowing that whatever happens, you’re sure to keep things interesting.

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