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.
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? Well honestly, I might be lost in thought somewhere until I hear people talking about the car breaking down because I normally don't like talking in cars and use that as a way to think about stuff. My initial thoughts would then center around being confused and most likely everyone else will already have a plan to fix the problem..... and I go back to not caring I guess. Maybe help out whenever I can.
However, if the problem isn't fixed, and people started to get more frantic, I feel that I would take on the role as a comforter or someone who is there to diffuse tension and get people to think more clearly and rationally. I probably wouldn't have any idea on how to fix the car or come up with a plan in time. I am better at getting people to calm down. Most of the time people don't notice me because I am super quiet and I kind of fade into the background alot. I am used to it.
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?
I don't necessarily feel comfortable with parties in general. It would definitely depend on what kind of party it is. I most likely would remain in the background and go along with the plan, but secretly wish that we wouldn't go. However, the reason I would go would be if I feel my friends want to and who am I to spoil their fun. Also I wouldn't drink period because I get too anxious at parties anyway. Even if my friend says they won't drink, I probably won't either just in case they do.
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? The inward reaction would be met with I don't really care but I would like here more about the reason for why they came that conclusion. I think this comes from the fact that I keep a lot of things open ended and do not have a clear conclusion on anything, but I do have one general idea on what I believe in most. However I'm not really attached to the idea itself. I also have this need to understand things from multiple perspectives in order to create one truth or general thing to keep building upon. I know that sentence sounds weird, and I am sorry for that. I am writing late at night, please forgive me lol.
However, if their ideas are potentially harmful to other people and society in general....I tend to be very upset and might get really angry and explain why it is wrong solely for the fact that their idea is harmful in many ways and wont better society in general, like racism for example.
5. What would you do if you actually saw/experienced something that clashes with your previous beliefs, experiences, and habits?
I think I kind of answered this one for previous beliefs in the question above. I kind of go with the flow usually because I am open to my ideas not being correct. In fact I get excited because it means that I can try to view this idea in a more complex manner than before and try to find a truth within it all. After getting excited, maybe I it will show up in my thought processes and fit it into a framework of what I believe, but like I said, I am not really attached to it. If I feel like it will help me understand people and the world better then I am all ears. However, this doesn't happen often because I kind of "Scan" an idea and even people. Once I have formed a full judgement about something or someone especially, I stick by those beliefs... if I don't, I end up regretting it.
6. What are some of your most important values? How did you come about determining them? How can they change?
I value alot of things. Mostly the people around me. I also value fairness, equality, truth, empathy, and loyalty. I feel like these values promote happiness in my life and I use them to assess my world around me. I use them to assess the people I want in my life or what to do. I don't care about what you have to offer me in terms of what you have in riches, but whether your a good person and most importantly a true friend. If I can't make a big difference by helping others, at least I make some contribution and that is by upholding these values and practicing them in my daily life.
7. a) What about your personality most distinguishes you from everyone else? b) If you could change one thing about you personality, what would it be? Why? I actually do not feel super distinctive. I just feel pretty blah most of the time. If I had to change one thing, it would probably be more engaging in social situations. I feel like when I use the term "socialize" it is really just me in a corner observing people and wondering about people in general...(I am a psycholgoy major btw). For some reason, I get this impression that it is bad to be this way. However, I think i make up for with the few friends I have because i can be very engaging with them. I just wish I were more engaging with people I don't know.
8. How do you treat hunches or gut feelings? In what situations are they most often triggered?
I react strongly. Sometimes those hunches are not based on anything presently known to me. This mainly happen with people. However, I don't like to make character judgments. I just make judgement whether this person would be a good fit in my life, and usually feel like I know if we will get along without unnecessary drama. Really, I do not know why I get hunches like that, but like I said earlier... I listen to them because they are often correct. Same thing goes with ideas. Sometimes I get these feelings that my ideas are correct and I go with them. These ideas however usually pertain to what I am trying to accomplish in life interwoven with the values I try to uphold etc.
9. a) What activities energize you most? b) What activities drain you most? Why?
Surprisingly, I like being around people. Sometimes I hide away for weeks and talking to people after not socializing for that long makes me feel fulfilled in some kind of way. It helps get me out of my mind and helps me become more in the present. I like to read, play board games with my friends and do my chores. oddly doing the things that i put off doing really makes me feel better about myself and therefore energizes me. It makes me feel like my life is more balanced ( i don't do my chores often btw, i am not really good at them).
10. What do you repress about your outward behavior or internal thought process when around others? Why?
i repress myself alot in fear I will make mistakes in the yes of others. I want to seem nice all the time even if I am agitated or upset. I dont want to offend anyone. I also don't tell many people about what I am thinking. most of the time i am analyzing people and trying to figure them out... even my friends... but I love actually having those conversations one on one with people. i just don't tell people what i think I know about them. I think people will think I am weird.