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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    I tend to hide hurt feelings as much as possible.

    Because sometimes I think it's just my problem, or I know the other person didn't mean it, or I figure telling them will just start a fight, or I feel I should be stronger and not so sensitive about things.

    (Poker face! Don't let them see you sweat! Actually, the next step up from poker face is being able to laugh nonchalantly and pretend you're completely fine. That one really fools them.

    Quirky stuff? Oh, I like some really cheesy music -- like Bread and John Ford Colley and all that late 70's / early 80's smooth listening stuff. I mean, I REALLY like it. (My first album I ever bought was Barry Manilow's greatest hits. On tape.) Some Earth Wind and Fire is awesome too.

    I also had a lot of Christian contemporary music from the early/mid-80's. I loved The Imperials and Glad and the Archers and... yeah. The oddest thing after me moving into the apt and being alone in March? I started digging out all my old xian albums that I had, mostly Amy Grant, but including Farrell and Farrell and other things people would laugh at, and playing it all again. And again.

    For some reason, it's resonating... I think it's tying me to my past. What I find humorous is that my whole idea of God has shifted, so what I believed then, I believe something a bit different now, but the music is still meaningful.

    I also loved broadway music and really got into it. I was really into all the Disney movies when they came out.

    (I suppose I should add that's not the ONLY music I like, I love modern stuff, heavier rock, 70's rock, alternative, jazz, whatever. Well, she's not a music genre, but you know what I mean.)
    This sounds a lot like me, but for the Christian contemporary music part. It kind of makes my teeth itch.

    I think I hide the extent of my nerdiness and only share it with people who also participate in said nerdiness. I DEFINITELY hide my feelings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tallulah View Post
    I think I hide the extent of my nerdiness and only share it with people who also participate in said nerdiness. I DEFINITELY hide my feelings.
    Ditto. A lot of what Jennifer said about hiding feelings resonated with me. I tell myself to be tougher or that I should "get over it." Usually I act pleasant or joke about it. Rarely do I show disappointment or annoyance with friends or acquaintances.

    Yesterday I was chagrined to find that a friend left a phone message cancelling a walk 5 mins. after I'd had a discussion with myself how she might do it. I emailed her saying I'd had a feeling she was going to leave just such a message. She wrote back saying something about "great minds." To me it wasn't a matter of great minds, but: 1) feeling disappointed that she cancelled our walk which I was looking forward to; 2) feeling enough hesitation from her the last time I saw her to suppose it was a possibility. I said nothing about my disappointment and instead wished her a Happy Mother's Day and good luck with the paper she said she had to write.

    I'm not nerdy except for words, books and doing a lot of reading and research. But I don't hide that.

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    I'm somewhat in the closet about my political leanings, though probably not far enough to be acceptable to the better part of our extended family. If my brother and his wife or my mother-in-law knew I volunteered for the Obama campaign it wouldn't matter that I didn't do anything particularly useful, I would be more suspect than I already am. *sigh*
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    Actually, I am a closet mystic. For instance, I walk along the Autumn creek saying to myself over and over, "Joy and sharing joy". And lo and behold I start to experience joy and see joy around me and look for joy in others.

    "In the beginning", they say, "was the word".

    And the word was joy.

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    My past is definitley in the closet from almost everyone I know

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    my love of honky tonk music
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    Quote Originally Posted by MBTIcentral.com
    I'm secretly in love with Edahn.
    That's adorable.

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    What are you "in the closet" about?
    My intense attraction to male-on-male stories and assorted erotica (I tend to prefer the hand-drawn stuff and the fiction to the gritty, in-your-face gay porn out there; the latter is too much and doesn't do much for me).

    My love of role-playing. It's not the kind you'd do in the bedroom. It's still a kind you need a partner for, though. Basically, two or more people (usually ones who know each other purely online) think of a plot together, and each person develops their own character. They discuss how each character fits into the plot, and once things like that are worked out, each person basically just plays the role of their character in that setting. It's kind of like living in an alternate world for a little while and using another person to help you construct a story. It can be very exciting, and it's purely recreational; there's no intention on either side of publishing the story. It's just a pastime; you could also think of it as a writing exercise and a place to find inspiration. I greatly enjoy it, when I have the time and the right partner.

    So let's see... what else? Rap. I love rap, when the lyrics aren't repulsive to me and the song is good. So many people castigate the rap genre, but I find it to be a genre just like any other, in that there are good songs and bad ones.

    That's all I can think of for now. Off to finish writing a six-page paper due tomorrow.
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    i definitely hide a wide variety of emotions from people. i can't really think of anything else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluebell View Post
    I'm the same with keeping emotions hidden, particularly negative stuff. I tend to share a bit more online than IRL, but still - most of it is hidden.

    In terms of guilty pleasures, most people IRL don't know I smoke. And the people I work with don't get to see quite how geeky/nerdy I really am (they already think I'm a geek, even with hiding most of it from them).
    I'll see you on all of the above.

    And raise you an avid interest in text-based MUDs which I conceal from absolutely everyone who is real.

    And sometimes I touch dead human bodies when I don't really have to. Not in a creepy way. More in an affectionate way. To show them that even though they are decomposing I don't consider them repulsive.

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    Oh, I forgot to add to my list - nobody other than my partner knows how much time I really spend online at home, or that I'm an active member on several forums (and I don't want any of them to find me on here or elsewhere).

    Quote Originally Posted by JivinJeffJones View Post
    I'll see you on all of the above.

    And raise you an avid interest in text-based MUDs which I conceal from absolutely everyone who is real.
    I'll trade you an addiction to mindless computer games, like Tetris, Minesweeper, Solitaire etc etc etc. Although, I seem to have traded that addiction to forum addiction. Never mind.

    Quote Originally Posted by JivinJeffJones View Post
    And sometimes I touch dead human bodies when I don't really have to. Not in a creepy way. More in an affectionate way. To show them that even though they are decomposing I don't consider them repulsive.
    If I ask I'll regret it, so I won't.
    ...so much smoke pouring out of each chromosome.

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