Hi all and thanks in advance for giving this a 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 recovering from anorexia, but am a lot better without depression any more. I am on antidepressants but get no noticeable side effects.
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.
It looks like a place I'd love to be. Really beautiful, calm, natural, with trees and a waterfall (which I've never seen before in my life). It's a lot like my idealised view of a place to visit or live. It also makes me think of Canada and how I want to go there and escape from this country.
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 upset but not show it and try to make it into a joke. I'd want to get it fixed and get there as fast as we could, so I might take a look at it while other people tried to contact a car help service. I'd also make sure whoever's car it was was okay because it'd be expensive to fix and really bad to have your car break down.
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 go, seeing as they drove me there so I'd kind of owe them. I'd not really want to go (I'm not big on drinking/loud places etc) but I'd probably enjoy it when I got there (I always build things up to seem horrible when they never turn out to be that bad).
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 would depend how I felt about them and how I felt in myself at the time. I would imagine I'd be quite reserved about it if I wasn't 100% sure I could make my point understood. If I felt I could I'd say something like "Well I heard *** from *** and it makes sense right?" to show them they may be wrong.
5. What would you do if you actually saw/experienced something that clashes with your previous beliefs, experiences, and habits?
I get very anxious if my routine is disturbed. I find myself feeling lost and trying to come up with a way to exist in the situation and a way to cope. I tend to get more flutered, maybe even upset, and try and return things to how they were if I can. If soemthing clashes with my beliefs I can get very upset or aggressive, depending on what it is. If anyone tried to hurt an animal near me I'd probably have to stop myself from attacking them physically and just talk to them about it (probably angrily).
6. What are some of your most important values? How did you come about determining them? How can they change?
I love animals and nature and my family and look for honesty in people. I don't think anyone could change my core values, but with my less personal values they could be changed if I was convinced otherwise or saw something that went against it.
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) I guess I'm good at making jokes and looking on the positive side of things, as well as being able to think on my feet.
b) I'd like to be more outgoing so I could do more and see more and be more normal I guess (people always get surprised I don't go out to things that much which makes me feel bad).
8. How do you treat hunches or gut feelings? In what situations are they most often triggered?
It depends on the situation. Sometimes I ignore them, but if I feel it strongly or I'm very emotional I'll normally believe it. They get triggered when I've had an emotional experience generally, but also under stress or when people act weirdly.
9. a) What activities energize you most? b) What activities drain you most? Why?
a) Being in new places with people I know, so I'm not alone but I'm seeing new things. Also thinking about travel and working in a really nice job in the future and making up stories in my head about things (either based on my life or on fiction).
b) Being in loud/bright/new places alone or being trapped inside somewhere without the choice to leave.
10. What do you repress about your outward behavior or internal thought process when around others? Why?
I repress a few things, like aggression and upset, because I feel I'm supposed to be funny and happy around people and don't like them reacting to me in a way that makes me feel vulnerable (i.e. If I cried in public and people started giving my looks and asking if I was okay etc).