We all know that it's important to keep others' secrets, stick up for your mother, and visit friends when they're in the hospital. But is it possible to be too loyal? How do you cope when your own interests conflict with the needs of your loved ones? M.J. Ryan, author of The Happiness Makeover: How to Teach Yourself to Be Happy and Enjoy Every Day (Broadway, 2005) says that this can be a tricky balance. "It's important to be loyal to others, but you also have to be loyal to yourself," she says. How do you fare on the loyalty scale? Take this quiz to find out.
You're offered a lucrative and fulfilling new job, and asked if you can start immediately. But it's crunch time at your current office, and your coworkers would be pushed to the limit if you walked out now. You: