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    Let me count the ways Array HelenOfTroy's Avatar
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    The positive side...-A lot of people tell me that i'm very strong (something rocklike) and that i have an ability to be optimistic even when i'm stuck in a hole. A few think i'm super creative... (those that see that streak) and that i'm a fantastic problem solver, i always seem to find a solution to seemingly impossible things/situations.They also say i'm very inspiring, that i always seem to elevate people that come into my life. Oh also that i have an energy about me that makes people smile.
    The uh oh side...- I can be bossy (Mother and Brothers favorite!), tempremental, moody (likened to a storm), stubborn and on occaision aggressive and over protective. I have also been told (many times) that i have a cold side, a side that cuts people out and shuts down. Oh and crazy is always a favourite with anyone i have been in a relationship with.

    Ta daa, sold.
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    People have said that I'm nice, or even too nice. People who are close to me have said I'm analytical, nerdy, talkative, argumentative, snarky, jaded, loud, quiet, insightful, frank, and considerate. My mom says I lack self-confidence (very true).

    The other day, I told my dad he reminded me of a cat, because he's usually laid-back, acts sort of superior but isn't phased by much, but when something makes him angry the claws come out. He agreed and ended up saying that's what I'm like as well. "Really, I'm laid back?" "Yep, very laid-back."

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    Quote Originally Posted by YWIR View Post
    Oddly, it is a mixed between " you look super friendly", to " You look like a cold bitch". Probably depends on where they see me first.
    Yea I think when I'm lost in my head (some? many?) people view it as a personal affront... It used to bother me a lot more than it does now.

    Quote Originally Posted by 21% View Post
    People usually think I'm nicer than I actually am. People also tend to think I like them more than I do -- which puts me in a weird position and makes me feel bad about how heartless I am in not liking them that much...
    Ah I hate that. I sometimes get people telling me their life stories and I generally find it interesting because I find people interesting. So I ask questions, listen with active interest. I guess I sort of get caught in the moment and forget how it might appear to the other person... It's interesting to hear about people, their motives, their thoughts, their perceptions.
    I'm looking at it as more of something interesting to analyse and understand, they think I am empathizing... and then I feel like a shitty person because I wasn't
    And when I realize that's what they're thinking about me, all I want to do is get the hell outa there.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rasofy View Post
    Quiet>easygoing>intelligent>weird>polite>trustwort hy.

    Good, but weird and easygoing should be swapped, and I don't like the word intelligent to describe me - I prefer smart.
    I play ISFJ quite well.
    That's kind of interesting. My INTP husband sometimes plays ISFJ as well.
    And I'm curious, what connotations of smart do you prefer to intelligent?

    Quote Originally Posted by Loki View Post
    Are you sure? I find that our perspective of self can sometimes be pretty warped. What people see as being refined/good tastes and reserved, others see as being elitist/hipster and antisocial.
    Well that's pretty much the reason I find the subject interesting.
    If you see yourself as having good taste and another person sees you as a snob, who is right? Is there an objective you that you are both touching on but neither grasping? A person's motives can only really be known by themselves, if after genuine analysis you determine that you don't hold feeling of superiority over other people (something that seems required to be a snob), then you conclude the person's opinion of you is faulty. But what if you keep getting called a snob... is there a point where public opinion can overtake self-knowledge?

    I'm just rambling here, stream of consciousness... who knows if this makes any sense.

    I have a perception of myself which I am constantly analysing for truth. Any feedback I get from others is data to be considered and potentially integrated into my understanding of myself. Even if I don't agree with it, it's interesting it see how different people view different behaviors. And it gives insight into that person as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by violaine View Post
    Oh, and I used to hear "snob" a lot growing up. Or rather, "Ooh, I thought you were a snob until I got to know you". Hearing that as much as I did turned me into someone who over-explains, which persisted for a long time. I'm looking forward to ditching that habit entirely.
    Yea I got snob growing up. I remember vividly the first time someone said it to me. It was my close friend and she said it in this matter-of-fact way that left me shocked and breathless --like I'd been pummeled in the stomach.
    "You think you're better than everyone and always have your nose in the air."
    Hilarious in a sense, because I was pretty shattered inside at the time and viewed myself as beneath everyone.

    I also found myself over explaining, or consciously making an effort to appear friendly. That lasted too many years. And the habit, annoyingly, is still there.

    Quote Originally Posted by bologna View Post
    I'm continually told by those that know me best that I'm intelligent (but who hasn't been told this?), perceptive and wise (which I find to be the better compliment)
    I agree. Maybe because intelligent is too easy of a compliment? It doesn't seem to carry as much meaning.
    There are these people in my family who tell everyone "You're so beautiful!" It becomes kind of meaningless after a while...

    Quote Originally Posted by Lady X View Post
    I tend to think the way you describe others really says more about you than it does them but..
    That is an even more fascinating subject.

    My mom says I'm intelligent, but she's got this whole 'living vicariously through her children' thing going on. She values being perceived as intelligent, but is incredibly insecure about it. So when she says that to me, she is making herself feel better.

    My sister says I'm crazy because I dyed my hair bright red. She is fastidiously perfect in her blond hair and designer clothing.

    I'm not even going into the evil thing. THAT one is too horrible. I'm still crushed by it.
    (Did I just call my sister a herd of cows behind her back where she has no chance of defending herself? Oh sweet poetic justice.)
    “Can a man of perception respect himself at all?”
    ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady X View Post
    I tend to think the way you describe others really says more about you than it does them but..

    Highly unlikely that anyone can notice me at all to begin with. And in the odd occasion I do make myself noticed, arrogant, condescending, presumptuous, asshole, detached, philosophical, standoffish, self-assured, are a few words that have been spoken about me.

    Those that have might've seen a more private side of me may've tossed out words like charming, easy going, laid back, funny, caring.

    It'd should go without saying, there a few people alive that actually do get to see a clear picture of me, thought.
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    I've been called just about everything under the sun.
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    Extroverts describe me opposite of what introverts describe me as. So it depends. Extroverts describe me as nouns associated mostly with introverts and vice versa.

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    Alchemist of life Array Coriolis's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by violaine View Post
    I don't really know. I don't ask and most people don't volunteer.
    Same here. When I was growing up I used to hear: "intelligent, accomplished, perfectionistic, hard-working, mature, inventive" from adults alot, and "weird, anti-social, sometimes bossy" from classmates. Now, I spend my days with people of whom the same was probably said, so it is not remarkable enough to mention. I have been called intense, sometimes scary (?), open-minded/non-judgmental on a personal level, good-hearted (?), devious, demanding, goal-oriented, level-headed, rational, a quick study, and occasionally silly. I suppose at one time or another, each has held some truth.
    Hope is the denial of reality. It is the carrot dangled before the draft horse to keep him plodding along in a vain attempt to reach it. We should remove the carrot and walk forward with our eyes open. -- Raistlin Majere

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    Honor Thy Inferior Array Such Irony's Avatar
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    Kind, nice, intelligent, cool/calm/collected, stressed, bored, aloof, dull, fun, funny, self-absorbed, considerate, obsessed, flexible, stubborn, lacks confidence, hesitant, anxious, good ideas, honest, trustworthy, reliable, organized, absent-minded, inattentive, sensitive, logical, introverted, in my own world, shy, fair.

    Writing whatever spontaneously comes to mind not censoring anything. As you can see, some adjectives seem to contradict each other. Like I can be both flexible and stubborn depending on the situation and different people see me differently.
    5w6 or 9w1 sp/so/sx, I think
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    The most notable descriptions come from feedback on dates: "different from other girls" , classy, innocent, sexy, confident, professional, moral, independent, feminine, real, laid back, assertive, fiery, funny, smart, a paradox, hard to figure out, easily distracted, and flighty.

    And my all time favorite feedback:
    "You’re the first girl to tell me 'no'."
    "I'm wearing out the soles of my shoes."

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