Let the typing games begin!
0. 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.
1. Click on this link:*Flickr: Explore!*Look at the random photo for about 30 seconds. Copy and paste it here, and write about your impression of it.
I can't post any links because I've only got 13 posts and I need 15 in order to do so.
2. You are with a group of people in a car, heading to a different town to see your favourite band/artist/musician. Suddenly, the car breaks down for an unknown reason in the middle of nowhere. What are your initial thoughts? What are your outward reactions?
Initial thoughts: *sarcastically* oh, great.
Outward reactions: okay, this sucks. Does anybody know how to fix this? Otherwise, let's see if our phones work and let's call someone who will help us fix this problem.
At some point I'll probably think the whole situation is pretty funny.
3. You somehow make it to the concert. The driver wants to go to the afterparty that was announced (and assure you they won't drink so they can drive back later). How do you feel about this party? What do you do?
Well, if they won't drink, I don't see the problem. I'm probably up for a party and I'm fairly easy-going.
4. On the drive back, your friends are talking. A friend makes a claim that clashes with your current beliefs. What is your inward reaction? What do you outwardly say?
My current beliefs? Huh, that's an interesting way of putting it.
Anyway. My inward reaction: should I say something? I should probably say something. But I don't know where she's coming from, so I can't judge, can I?
What I say: Hmm, I have a different view on things. Why do you see it that way? Have you considered this perspective?
5. What would you do if you actually saw/experienced something that clashes with your previous beliefs, experiences, and habits?
Ah, now I get the 'current beliefs'. Cool. However, I'm not quite sure what a situation like this would look like. I can't think of any previous beliefs I've had and if an experience clashes with PREVIOUS beliefs, I don't see how it would affect me at all. If appropriate, I would probably offer my past and present perspective on things. I would probably just take in the information and store it in case I want to reflect on those past beliefs.
6. What are some of your most important values? How did you come about determining them? How can they change?
I try not to judge people and I try to understand where they're coming from. I try to be knowledgeable and good at what I do. I try to use my knowledge and skills for the greater good and to the benefit of myself and others. I value new ideas, new perspectives, new information and self-development. Most of these values are stable, they can change a little bit or I can add new ones after I've processed new information, past experiences or others' point of view. I often either know intuitively where I stand on a moral issue, or I need some time to think about it and toy with different stances.
7. a) What about your personality most distinguishes you from everyone else?
I thought about this for a good 10 minutes before deciding it is probably my sense of humour. I can see the humour in the most mundane situations and the way people phrase things is often a source of great enjoyment to me.
b) If you could change one thing about your personality, what would it be? Why?
I' m not sure I would change anything. If there's something I don't like about my personality, I try to change it or just accept it. That said, if I had to choose something, I'd probably be a bit more relaxed about sharing information about myself.
8. How do you treat hunches or gut feelings? In what situations are they most often triggered?
I try to figure out where they come from, analyse that and then trust my hunches. They are quite common for me, but I have to admit they usually make a lot of sense to me. They are usually triggered when I spot a pattern in (new) information or experiences, when I try to make a decision or when I try to figure something out I was unable to explain logically (until the hunch happened).
9. a) What activities energize you most?
Discovering new information. Discovering new places. Meeting new people, provided I find them interesting. Messing with people in a friendly way. Debates and discussions. Offering my advice or insights to someone. Talking about topics that interest me (such as politics, philosophy, (social) science experiments, languages, differences between countries, you name it). Trying to figure something out and feeling like I'm on to something. That's not really an activity, is it? Oh, well. Basically everything that engages my mind, makes me feel like I'm contributing something and bonus points if it allows me to express the things I know or think.
b) What activities drain you most? Why?
Small talk. Especially small talk with acquaintances, because I can't ask them any generic questions but usually don't know them well enough to ask them specific questions. Talking about myself for an extended period of time. Listening to someone express the same thing (especially if it's the same emotion) over and over again. I've already replied, what more can I do?? Defending myself or my life choices. People messing with others in unfriendly ways. Being micromanaged. Having to deal with a routine that has been imposed on me. Actually, anything I believe has been imposed on me. Having to deal with someone's personal issues while trying to accomplish something (like having to cooperate with two co-workers who are fighting). Basically everything that distracts me from other things I would rather be doing and everyone that doesn't just let me be.
Haha, I remember not really knowing what activities drain me when I first read the question but this has turned into the most comprehensive list of my dislikes ever.
10. What do you repress about your outward behaviour or internal thought process when around others? Why?
I (try to) repress my impatience with people and their issues, because I believe people should do things their own way and they should be allowed to think whatever they want. I know an impatient reaction is not going to get either of us anywhere, so I try to repress it.