When you were playing games as a child, it probably never crossed your mind that your carefree pursuits were molding your personality. "Studies show that the toys that intrigued us as children are a barometer for the adults we become, says Chicago psychologist Andrew Scuggins. "Survey participants who listed the same toy as their favorite also shared similar personality characteristics. Think back to your happy childhood days, and then choose one of the examples listed below. Chances are the description beside the toy you loved the best will fit you to a T.

You're a natural-born athlete who thrives on outdoor pursuits. There's nothing you like better than organizing a hiking party, canoe trip or backyard volleyball game. Just as long as you're involved in a physical activity, you are a happy camper. The boundless enthusiasm spills over to your kids, and the bonds you form while you spend time in uninhibited play with them will remain forever.

You possess a creative bent that makes you a champ at everything from decorating your home to organizing the perfect party. People are charmed at your amazing efforts -- you can take the most inexpensive items and turn them into "Martha Stewart" productions. And the get-togethers at your house are famous for their originality and outrageous themes. Fun-loving and high-spirited, you're a ball of fire who lights up any gathering.

You're a meticulous problem-solver who enjoys pitting your skills against seemingly formidable odds. Self-confident but never self-centered, you're always there to help loved ones or pals when they need a hand. Your quiet calm and uncanny ability to see all the sides of a situation make you an asset at your workplace. Both your co-workers and your boss are inspired by your creative solutions.

You are a deep thinker who enjoys spending time on your own. You're also very organized, allotting each hour of the day to specific tasks. But although you're quite content with your solitude, you are warm and generous with your small circle of pals. You also have a keen interest in community projects, and you believe that one of the joys of being human is contributing to the welfare of others.

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You're sexy and sassy, and when you enter a room, it's for sure all eyes will be on you. You're the girl who's always in the know, whether it's the latest trend in clothes or a juicy piece of Hollywood gossip. You're also a lively storyteller, regaling your family and friends with the details of your latest adventures. But while you're the life of the party, you also have a compassionate side that makes you a trusted and loyal friend.


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