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    Well, better a year or two late than never. (Just found this thread, and there's not much else going on here, so I'll amuse myself by answering the questions.)

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    1. Is it important to you to be able to predict how things will turn out?
    Kinda sorta. I like pleasant surprises as well as anyone, but I appreciate stability and familiarity more than most people, I think. And I do look ahead to the outcome; I don't tend to relish the process.

    2. Do you think of potential or hypothetical futures/outcomes for yourself a great deal?
    I imagine all kinds of stuff--just as possibilities. But most of the time I'm more or less in a rut--doing what's familiar and expecting the usual outcomes. But if somebody brings up a questionable idea (or if I think of one myself), I'm quick to see any possible negative outcomes, since those have to be avoided.

    3. Do you ever predict things in an overly optimistic way, or do you tend to always err on the side of caution?
    Well, sometimes I've bought a gift for my wife, imagining that she'd really like it and I'd be thanked profusely for it, only to be disappointed by a so-so response or even a puzzled look. To avoid, that, I usually do take the cautious approach.

    4. When/if you assume the worst, do you do it because you genuinely believe it will really happen, or do you intentionally lower your expectations so you won't end up disappointed/unprepared?
    It doesn't feel like I'm assuming the worst; it seems to me I'm just covering all the bases and doing all I can to ensure that things will go smoothly and have a positive outcome. Because of that, I never thought of myself as pessimistic, but more optimistic.

    5. How do you feel when things turn out better than expected? Are you just relieved, or does it bother you that you went a bit overboard?
    I'm delighted when things go well. If they come out better than expected, I'm surprised and grateful. I only feel I went overboard if I put a lot of unnecessary effort into preparing. But by the time of the event, preparation is all water under the bridge anyway.

    6. Do you often find yourself saying, "I told you so" or, "I knew that would happen" or just generally relishing being right?
    No. I might think it to myself at times, but I'm more interested in just picking up the pieces and moving on.

    7. Does naivety or lack of foresight in others really bother you? If so, why?
    I think maybe there are different kinds of naivety and lack of foresight. I'm guilty of some of it myself. My INTJ wife has plenty of foresight in the sense of planning and being pragmatic, but she seems almost childish in certain ways. I'm childish in other ways. It confuses me and gets in the way sometimes. When it messes up stability and leads to undesirable outcomes, then it bothers me.

    8. Do you feel compelled to get involved or speak up if someone is making bad decisions? Is it hard for you to keep your mouth shut when people are, or a situation is, 'sure to fail' (eg. at work)?
    At work, it's part of my job. I'm an editor, and I regularly see and repair jobs that are going in the wrong direction or weren't put together right in the first place. At home, there's only my wife to speak up to; and she usually makes good decisions. If she wants to do something that threatens to upset me too much, I'll complain.

    9. How do you feel about risk? Do you enjoy it at times or prefer to minimise it (or is some sort of combination of the two)?
    I enjoy it in small doses almost all the time. Once in a great while a big risk can be exciting too. But in any case, I tend to hedge my bets; and I test the water first if I can.

    10. How do you react when something (small or large) negative happens that you couldn't possibly have predicted?
    Depends on what it is. Generally I guess my heart sinks, and I wonder why such a terrible thing had to happen to me. I also feel I should have foreseen it somehow and prepared better for it.

    11. How do you react when something (small or large) negative happens that you could/should have predicted?
    Same thing. I almost always feel I could and should have somehow predicted whatever happened. I always wonder, What did I do to cause this? and How could I have prevented it?

    12. Do you ever find yourself caught between enjoying/remarking at something surprising/shocking, and at the same time claiming you knew it would happen all along? If so, how does that work in your head? Have you missed the contradiction, or are these positions somehow congruent in your head in ways others don't understand?
    What contradiction? Whatever happens, I feel that I half-consciously knew (or strongly suspected) all along that it would happen. But the actual event can still hit me as a surprise or shock. The "knowing it all along" part is often unconscious or occurring on another level; it can be a subtle thing. The actual experience is right out in the open and hits me where I'm fully conscious.

    13. Have you ever been outright tricked, conned or played by someone?
    In games probably, and when people perform magic tricks. Not in any big way I can think of. But I absolutely hate it when it happens even in a small way. When I was a kid, I learned a few magic tricks (sleight-of-hand illusions) and performed them successfully; but I felt so bad when others were fooled that I always revealed the secret. I love board games and such, but I avoid games that involve deception; they just don't sit well with me at all. I do not like being fooled, and I do not like fooling others.

    14. Do you sometimes charge into a situation convinced that things will turn out well? If so, what gives you that confidence?
    I do--sometimes. Often it's experience that makes me confident. If I've done something often enough, I become certain that I can get the outcome I want. Other times it's just about the opposite: it's something new to me, but the situation demands boldness, so I swallow my fear and go into counterphobic mode. Then I'm convinced things will turn out well just because they have to. If they don't, I'm totally screwed, and I can't afford to think about that possibility.

    15. What/whom do you put faith and trust in? What does it take to qualify as being so?
    I put my faith in God, in Divine Spirit. I guess I doubt myself and everyone else. In the back of my mind there's always the possibility that even those closest to me might, at some point, abandon or turn on me. I don't think God ever will. But I have to be careful that I don't abandon or turn on God; I'm sure I probably have, many times.
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    1. Is it important to you to be able to predict how things will turn out?

    I prefer to have reasonably reliable assumption of how things turn out if I...

    2. Do you think of potential or hypothetical futures/outcomes for yourself a great deal?

    All the time

    3. Do you ever predict things in an overly optimistic way, or do you tend to always err on the side of caution?

    A bit of both. I tend to get paralysis through analysis with some things for a while, and tend to expect the best scenarios not to come true. On the other hand, I generally hate to plan, because I suck at it, and whatever assumption I have about what will happen is often wrong, so I just wing things. I wing things a lot.

    4. When/if you assume the worst, do you do it because you genuinely believe it will really happen, or do you intentionally lower your expectations so you won't end up disappointed/unprepared?

    B is correct. I like the 'pray for sunshine, prepare for rain' attitude and I go with it. If I have realistic, edging on the pessimistic side expectations, there is less chance of being disappointed.

    5. How do you feel when things turn out better than expected? Are you just relieved, or does it bother you that you went a bit overboard?

    Nah, I'm just fucking glowing with joy!

    6. Do you often find yourself saying, "I told you so" or, "I knew that would happen" or just generally relishing being right?

    I don't say it out loud and bite my tongue.

    7. Does naivety or lack of foresight in others really bother you? If so, why?

    Lack of understanding of causality bothers me. If people behave like crap and expect good results, it bothers me. However, if they make a judgment call and it turns out to be the wrong choice, it just happens. There is nothing wrong with that.

    8. Do you feel compelled to get involved or speak up if someone is making bad decisions? Is it hard for you to keep your mouth shut when people are, or a situation is, 'sure to fail' (eg. at work)?

    It depends on a lot of factors. Does it affect me? Do I care? Do I think they're smart enough that if I share my skepticism they will at least think about what I said? Generally, I am not too involved with other people to care about what they inflict on themselves.

    9. How do you feel about risk? Do you enjoy it times or prefer to minimise it (or is some sort of combination of the two)?

    I am a bit of a thrill seeker, so yeah, I like it. The reward for taking a risk feels so much better for the adrenaline and success. It makes me feel like I have deserved it for the chances I took. The one thing I don't really jeopardize is my income, however, since I have no safety net.

    10. How do you react when something (small or large) negative happens that you couldn't possibly have predicted?

    I deal with it. I rant. I guess I'm sort of resigned in a way, that stuff keeps happening, so I'm used to it. What's the point of drama? Just deal with it, and move on. Seriously, crap in my life is so regular, it's like if you have a newborn and it crapped it's diaper again. There is nothing unexpected, or meaningful about it. Just sort it out and move on.

    11. How do you react when something (small or large) negative happens that you could/should have predicted?

    I get super pissed off with myself, berate myself and stress out, because I was supposed to make a better choice, and now I'll have to handle the consequences alone. If there are more things at once, it also makes me spiral into anxiety, because I worry about what else I have messed up and do not know about? It also makes me more aggressive about addressing issues ahead, because I want to prevent other shitstorms. And I'm aggressive by nature to begin with.

    12. Do you ever find yourself caught between enjoying/remarking at something surprising/shocking, and at the same time claiming you knew it would happen all along? If so, how does that work in your head? Have you missed the contradiction, or are these positions somehow congruent in your head in ways others don't understand?

    No, not really. I have predicted some unlikely outcomes before, or have had surprising feats of intuition that saved my life (literally), but I don't need to assign significance to everything unlikely that happens. Life is random. Deal with it.

    13. Have you ever been outright tricked, conned or played by someone?

    Yes. But being a 6, I was prepared for it, and new how to counter-strike. Dude, I don't trust you guys to begin with, so I will cover all my bases just in case.

    14. Do you sometimes charge into a situation convinced that things will turn out well? If so, what gives you that confidence?

    Sure, a lot of the time. I charge into pretty much anything. I hate prep. Adrenaline. Or no fucks given.

    15. What/whom do you put faith and trust in? What does it take to qualify as being so?

    In myself. I trust myself to work for stuff, and I trust my ability to adapt, that has paid of so many times before. I improvise a lot.
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