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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.

Special Circumstances:
I suffer from major depressive disorder and anxiety. I am currently undergoing psychotherapy and taking medication (Wellbutrin). I am in a stressful, uninteresting work situation that I would like to leave as soon as possible. I have a baby coming in less than two months, and I'm in the process of filing bankruptcy due to financial difficulties.

Demographic Information:
I'm 26, male, and somewhat depressed at the moment.

2. What type(s) do you usually score as on tests?

I score either INFJ or ENFP, depending on the questions being asked.

3. Click on this link: Flickr: Explore! Choose 2 photos and look at each for as long as you feel that you need. Copy and paste the photos here (or write the link like example: www[dot]flickr[dot]com/photos/jacoboson/8697480741/in/explore-2013-05-01), and write your impression of each of them.

Number 1:

I really enjoy this photo. I'm partial to action shots and I love car pictures. The lens flare is a bit much, but otherwise I think it's a solid photo.

Number 2:

I'd rather be there than here.

4. You are on the clock to fix something, a friend of yours sits beside you and gives a lot of interesting ideas, none of them actually help or are related to your situation, but they are still something you find interesting. What is your reaction? What do you say? What do you do? What's your train of thought?

This question is quite apt as I've been in several situations similar to this, before. Typically, my response is to thank them for their help and suggestions and maybe even discuss why they think that would be a useful solution, depending on the circumstances and time constraints. Sometimes I'll even try their suggestions to make them feel like they're being helpful, but ultimately I end up going with my own solution. I do try to explain my reasoning behind my solution, however.

5a. What are some of your most important values?

Compassion, authenticity, understanding, patience.

5b. Can they change? What would be the reason if they changed?

I doubt they can be changed. The values I've listed above permeate through many of my interactions and are a fundamental part of how I deal with the world.

6. You are in a car with some other people, the people in the car are talking. Someone makes a claim that you see as immoral/rude/cruel. What is your inward reaction? What do you think? What do you say?

I'd be thrown off by their claim and attempt to engage them in a way that doesn't seem like I'm attacking their point of view. I'd like to understand why they think it is that it's appropriate to say what they did and perhaps try to dig deeper into why they would say such a thing. I may disagree and would express my disagreement.

7. a) What activities energize you the most? Why?

Working with people on a team to solve a problem or create a design. I really enjoy the discussion and collaborative process. My favorite classes in college were always the ones that involved discussions rather than simply lectures.

7. b) What activities drain you the most? Why?

I can't stand repetitive, boring tasks, such as data entry or number-crunching. I don't like the isolation or meaninglessness of the work.

8. Do you believe you are introverted or extraverted? Why do you believe that? (Please be as detailed as possible)

I'm not entirely certain, to be honest. Sometimes I want nothing more than to be around a group of people and work with them, and other times I want nothing more than to be left alone so that I can write, read, design, etc. Ultimately, however, I find that my life is better when I'm around and interacting with other people, so I'd say I'm slightly more on the extroverted side.

9. Please describe yourself, what do you see as your greatest strengths and what do you see as your greatest weaknesses?

Greatest strengths: My genuine concern for the well-being of others, my ability to comprehend different and sometimes conflicting ideas simultaneously, my ability to interact with others and make them feel understood.

Greatest weaknesses: I can be a pushover. I fall in love too quickly. I speak without thinking. I can get impatient with certain kinds of activities. I get bored easily.

10. Please describe yourself when you are feeling stressed. How do you act and why? Real life experiences are welcome.

I completely shut down. I am currently in a situation at work where I am overwhelmed, frustrated, stressed, and bored, and I am having trouble completing my tasks. It is also making me completely depressed and paralyzed outside of work.

11. What is your "soft spot" (the area that makes you upset if people mess with)?

People who can't help and/or defend themselves, e.g. children, sickly people, the mentally ill.

12. What are most of the ideas/thoughts you get generally centered around (try to expand your answers as much as possible)?

Improving my situation and the situation of others. I see a lot of injustice in the world and I constantly ruminate about it and how I deeply want to do something about it.

13. What's your opinion of getting frequent feedback on what you do? (Someone pointing out what is good, what is bad, what and how to improve) Is there a limit to how often you want feedback? If so, what is the limit?

I really want (and sometimes need) frequent feedback. I currently have a very "hands off" manager and it drives me nuts, because I don't know if I'm doing something well or not without him telling me. I've had previous positions that had more of the immediate gratification aspect. I don't get that in my current position and it's difficult to handle.

14. Anything beyond what has been discussed that you would like to add?

Not really. I feel like I've said enough, as it is. :)
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