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1. Is there anything that may affect the way you answer the questions? For example, a stressful time, mental illness, medications, special life circumstances? Other useful information includes sex, age, and current state of mind.


I'm 24 (birthday soon!), male and generally feeling positive about life.


2. Study these two images here and here. Which one do you prefer and why? How would you describe it?


I preferred the first because I'm a sucker for natural beauty. The second seemed gaudy.


3. Please describe yourself as a person if you were to introduce yourself to someone else like in a cover letter. What kind of person are you and why?


Very genuine, abstract, artistic, intelligent, sometimes loquacious, fairly unadventurous and scholarly.


4. What kind of person would you LIKE to be? Why? What kind of person would you NOT want to be? Why?


I'm pretty happy with my intellectual and spiritual trajectory. I hope to continue advancing up the ladder of spiritual development. So, I would like to advance my awareness and help other people along. I wouldn't want to be phony or superficial or a corporate drone.


5. Do you think there are any differences to how you described yourself and how people actually perceive you? How do you think others would describe you? If there are any discrepancies between these two that are you are aware of; do you know why exactly that is?


Maybe. Other people may see me as a dilettante or overly zealous. In fact, I can be pretty reclusive and unconcerned with public opinion. I don't necessarily care how I come off as long as it doesn't impinge my freedom.


6. What in life do you find to be of importance? Why? If you are unsure you can always take the Value Test and post the results here. Do note that it helps if you narrow it down to 20 or ideally 10 values as suggested at stage 2.


Integrity, intelligence, health and happiness matter most to me. I also feel kindness is an undervalued asset in our results-driven society, or at least US society to international readers.


7. How do you react to new situations in your life? Can you describe an event in your life where you were in an unknown situation? How did you deal with it?


I often feel trepidation about severe outward change, such as moving across the country or cutting off all my hair or something. I have done both, but there's some fear beforehand. But often I just jump in and see change as a positive thing. So, I might spontaneously go on a date knowing that somewhere I will eventually find the other person and the experience gratifying.


8. Please describe yourself when you are in a stressful situation. How do you act and why? Real life experiences are welcome.


I withdraw; yeah, I know the implications with the enneagram to using that word. But, I will usually try to alter the dynamics somewhat and, if that fails or the other party is dogmatic, I will just throw up my hands and leave. There are times in which people don't want to listen, and I don't feel anyone is exempt from that rule.


9. Please describe yourself when you are in an enjoyable situation. How do you act and why? Real life experiences are welcome.


I just feel presence. I bring presence to the situation. So, that could be deep in the groove of creating music or reading a short story. The world just disappears and I become that experience. It's somewhat troubling to me that aside from sex I can't manufacture those intense connected feelings with other people at will.


10. Describe your relationship to socialization. How do you perceive one-on-one interaction? How do you perceive group interaction?


I prefer one on one interaction because I feel I am listened to more acutely in that environment. I view groups and mobs almost synonymously. In some respects, for example, nazism is facilitated by group think. The individual is forgotten and one asshole is able to steer general opinion.


11. Describe your relationship to society. What are the elements of it you hold important or unimportant (e.g. social norms, values, customs, traditions)? How do you see people as a whole?


Commercial society seems horrible shallow and spiritually depraved. I favor literary society but I can be a loner in general. I actually view society as Freud viewed civilization - a curb on instinctual drives which makes people unhappy.


12. Describe your relationship to authority. How do you perceive authority? What does it mean to you, and how do you deal with it?


It's mostly adversarial. I don't think authority knows what's best and one size fits all tends to pinch those who can't conform and who think for themselves. Oftentimes, though, I just dismiss authority and do my own thing. It's not worth extended thought or energy.


13. Describe your relationship to order and chaos. What do order and chaos mean to you? How do they manifest in your daily life?


I love chaos; I create all the order I need. Too many rules tends to hamper creativity and beauty and human ingenuity. I suppose I associate chaos with anxiety and order with harmony within and without. I repudiate the idea of cop-order or silly hierarchies of worth.


14. What is it that you fear in life? Why? How does this fear manifest to you both in how you think and how you act?


I fear getting old and not remembering where my car keys are. Why? Well, it seems like a universal fear but, more specifically, it wouldn't feel very good to be basically an invalid like that. I try to create a stable foundation to preclude, as far as possible, this fear. I don't find it that irrational either.


15. What is it that you desire in life? What do you strive to achieve? Why? Where do you think these drives and desires stem from or are inspired by?


Just being happy and intellectually, emotionally and spiritually awakened sounds good to me. It might be nice to share that joy with someone else later. I don't care much about material things. I do my work every day and then enjoy myself. That's maybe all a person can do.


16. a) What activities energize you most? b) What activities drain you most? Why?


Getting really into something keeps me going. That could be a movie, piece of music or some writing. I like getting tranced. Oh, I get drained when people stop listening to me and just keep their tidy agenda intact to the detriment of change and positivity.
 
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