Here we go:
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.
I'm completely relaxed right now, and in a great mood.
Sex: Yes. Wait...I mean, female.
Age: 42 (!)
Current state of mind: Calm, happy, proud (I'm in sales and had a great week)
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.
(Please see end of questionnaire for the photo and my comments)
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 have AAA, so I'd call to get us a tow. My thoughts would be something like "Damn, this sucks...but things happen and it could be worse." My outward reaction would be calm - I'd focus on getting help immediately. I'm not one to stand around and complain. There's no point.
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 probably wouldn't be thrilled about going, but I'd "take one for the team", so to speak. I don't drink, so I'd stay sober and offer to drive back.
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 inward reaction would be "Do I want to have this debate, or should I just keep my mouth shut?" Then I'd probably ask the friend questions to try to better understand his/her stance and their reasoning behind it. I'd use their response to ask more questions. I gather information before I add my own commentary...I like to see where people are coming from before I have discussions that may get heated. I also enjoy debate (but not arguments) and I like the challenge of trying to get people to see another viewpoint. If I feel very strongly that my view is correct, I will probably try to convince them to change their mind.
5. What would you do if you actually saw/experienced something that clashes with your previous beliefs, experiences, and habits?
I'd speak up, depending on the situation, of course. For example: A few years ago, I saw some protesters on the boardwalk. They were Westboro Baptist types...preaching about how we are all sinners, and how god hates certain groups...they had signs with lists of what god hates (homosexuals, etc). I couldn't just walk by without saying anything...I ended up in a debate with two of them for at least an hour.
That's a tricky question, really...I acknowledge that I have unusual beliefs (I don't believe in a higher power, for example), and I try to respect others' right to believe what they wish. I'm very anti-death penalty (too many flaws in the system), anti-spanking, and am not a fan of organized religion...so those topics can get me pretty fired up and verbal.
6. What are some of your most important values? How did you come about determining them? How can they change?
Hmm. I'd say integrity, honesty, hard work, fairness, compassion, and intelligence. I'm not sure that those would change...
I believe that some are innate and some were instilled by my upbringing. My parents always taught me to be fair, kind, caring, polite, and honest.
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'm a great listener, and am very good at reading people. I care enough to listen and give advice, but I don't sugar-coat it...I tell it how I see it, and I believe that being honest is important. I'm good at remaining objective and keeping my own feelings out of things...it isn't about ME, it is about the other person. I can end a relationship without remorse and without looking back if it is the best choice. That's bad and good, I think...sometimes I wish I were more affectionate (I'm not a huggy, lovey-dovey type). I'd say I show that I care through listening and helping with practical, logical advice rather than physical means.
8. How do you treat hunches or gut feelings? In what situations are they most often triggered?
I listen to them - they are normally correct. When I was younger, I often ignored my intuition, which led me to make mistakes. Now I listen to it and consider it (along with any available facts or other information). I'd say they are most often triggered during interactions with other people ("Is this person trustworthy? Are they being honest?" etc). I also follow it when I need to make a decision and my gut is pushing me a certain way.
9. a) What activities energize you most? b) What activities drain you most? Why?
Alone time. Gym time. Reading. Resolving a problem. Those energize me.
Crowds, noise, lots of talking, parties...those things drain me.
10. What do you repress about your outward behavior or internal thought process when around others? Why?
I'm opinionated and I tend to be arrogant. I've been told that I think I'm always right. The thing is, if I'm not sure I'm right, I'm probably not going to say much...I like to be sure first so I don't make a fool of myself. I prefer to gather information before I state my opinion. For example: I have an acquaintance who has been posting on Facebook about doing a "master cleanse". She lost 15 pounds via the cleanse, and of course a lot of her friends are asking how to do it, etc. I am dying to post about how dangerous those kinds of cleanses are, but I don't want to stir the pot...I try to choose my battles wisely. Sometimes I just can't, though...if someone is providing incorrect information I feel compelled to correct them. Not for the sake of correcting them - I actually dislike that part - but so people don't believe things that are wrong and/or dangerous.
I hope this helps...please feel free to ask anything for clarification. I'm really curious about my type. I have tested as INTJ, INTP, and INFJ.