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.
Nothing I can think of! I'm 19 and female and my life is at it's usual comfortable level of weird and drama :) (life would be no fun without a whirlwind of affairs, strippers and midnight traipses round a pitch black forest to find some randomers lost dog right?)
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.
There were several thoughts, the first being 'it's cute!'. Secondly, how pretty pictures of snow are but how uncomfortably cold it is (winter walks always leave me so cold my face and lungs hurt with watery eyes and uncomfortable slightly sweaty hat hair and although it's initially pretty it just turns to a deathly brown icy sludge...It's safe to say I'm not a winter person!). Thirdly, my nana used to have a squirrel called Fizz that used to come to her back door and you could feed it peanuts. Fourth, squirrels are dumb sh*ts, I spent 10 minutes watching a squirrel dig up a courtyard trying to find it's nut the other week (you have to question why I spent 10 minutes of my life watching a squirrel) and weirdly how one of my lecturers was once talking about the symbiotic relationship between squirrels and oak trees and how squirrels eat the acorns which means they don't grow into oak trees so squirrels are bad :L Oh and finally, Scrat from ice age of course.
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?
I'd be pretty calm! It's not the end of the world. I don't know much about cars so I'd firstly see if anyone did so they could take a look at the car. I'd then work out what we know or don't know- why have we broken down? Where are we? Can we get phone signal? And act accordingly to the answers to those questions, sending out a pair of people to get signal and ring a breakdown company, use a map to work out roughly where we are (although having been lost in the middle of nowhere before there's generally not a maze of roads, it's typically a long road with fields or trees around so a breakdown company could find us quite easily- fingers crossed we won't have broken down in the middle of a shooting range this time!)
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'd be slightly sceptical about the driver not drinking knowing my friends, so I'd suggest we first look into finding a travel lodge first and staying there over night but then I'd be down for the party and travelling back the next day! Even if the driver didn't drink they would surely be very tired after a concert and after party and it wouldn't be safe to drive a long distance after that.
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?
It wouldn't particularly bother me, people can believe what they want and as long as people don't try to force their views on people or hurt others then I'm not fussed! I may probe their logic behind their belief and try to get them to explain their belief. Despite being open to ideas I'd probably still think I was right inside but outwardly wouldn't clash with no good reason.
5. What would you do if you actually saw/experienced something that clashes with your previous beliefs, experiences, and habits?
Seeing is believing, as they say! Unless it's an illusion and you're not seeing the truth and just making assumptions. I'd question and analyse what I saw or experienced pretty intensely- not because I can't accept I'm wrong but just to ensure my experience was the truth.
6. What are some of your most important values? How did you come about determining them? How can they change?
Adventure, happiness, honesty, humour, friendship. Before doing something I always ask myself: could this make a good story to tell? Which often leads to a lot of weird, sometimes painful situations but I always look at things with a sense of humour. I'm great at helping my friends because I don't shy away from the difficult or weird and I'm good at understanding their feelings and offering a humorous outlook, a few different perspectives and some action routes. I'm pretty matter of fact about most things. If something happens it's: what happened? How has it made you feel? How can we fix this? I see life as very simple and believe that telling the truth is always best- it might be embarrassing or cause someone to be hurt short term but lies pretty much always come out. May as well admit to something, face the consequences and move on. Holding grudges is not something I can do!
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?
a) My creativity (both as a mindset and a skillset) and my memory and attention to detail. The memory thing is possibly distinguishing in a slightly creepy way. For example, last week whilst on a night out I saw a guy I'd met in my second week of uni (let's call him Jack) and instead of being like 'oh I vaguely recognise, have we met?' like a normal, non creepy person does, I went up this guy and said 'excuse me, are you 'Jack' in first year who studies adult nursing? We met on the second monday of the year downstairs eating curly fries, I was wearing a red skirt that wasn't mine!'...safe to say this guy ran away pretty quick oh dear :L But my memory is like that all the time.
b) My overthinking! It drives me nuts! On the one hand I think, just accept a situation and move on. But then my brain thinks about things that have happened, are happening, could have happened, might happen, who said what to who and how things were interpreted and what if people lie and what's actually real and are things as they seem? I wish I could shut it up sometimes :L
8. How do you treat hunches or gut feelings? In what situations are they most often triggered?
I just accept them! Typically it's triggered around people that I sense might not be very nice or a strong feeling of 'NO' not to send texts I shouldn't!
9. a) What activities energize you most? b) What activities drain you most? Why?
a) Being active with other people! Group work, going on forest explorations, going on a night out, a crisis or drama of some kind! As my mum kindly puts it, I'm like a child that needs constant stimulation, always needs something happening.
b) The worst thing I can think of is having to sit alone and be forced to learn a theory of something. On monday I had a lecture about the mathematics and theory of species population dispersal. Dullest. Thing. Ever. I very vividly remember the lecturers ant analogy though!
10. What do you repress about your outward behavior or internal thought process when around others? Why?
Not much really! I'm usually very open about everything I think and it's why I get on with so many people and can usually find a way to connect with them pretty quickly. Sometimes I might pretend not to know someone on a night out when I've never actually met them but somehow know exactly who they are and several things about them :L that's better than those I've met before and I remember everything about them and they only just remember my name