Sunday, October 19, 2008

Just your average quiz result

In the comments on the 'Say What?' post Beth brought up an old question that plagues me. I have no idea why, but people - sometimes people I just met or have no personal connection to - seek me out to talk about some of the most sensitive and emotional items in their lives. If I wanted to I could rattle off the name of a person who told me a 'deep dark' secret within days of our meeting, at a point in time when I'd have been unlikely to divulge my middle name, much less such an embarrasing item. Former employees call me after half a decade to discuss this or that, other people have sought me out to talk about a loved one's illness, their problems with their spouse, childhood trauma's, or as noted in the prior post, innapropriate bedroom data ranging from activites performed, desired, or rejected, and with whom.

I don't get it - I'm not even that nice to people.

On the other hand I do manage to keep my mouth shut, I'm not very judgemental (unless you tell me you're a Democrat :) and I look like a guy who could rip your head off while known as a goofy softie. Eh, who knows.

On a somewhat related note I no longer have the link to this quiz, but I stumbled across the results while combing through my email. True or not? I'll let others judge.

[btw the photo above came with the quiz. As you can see, I'm also experimenting with photo placement. Bear with me.]

You perceive the world with particular attention to humanity. You focus on the hidden treasures of life (the background) and how that fits into the larger picture. You are also particularly drawn towards the colors around you. Because of the value you place on humanity, you tend to seek out other people and get energized by being around others. You like to ponder ideas and imagine the many possibilities of your life without worrying about the details or specifics. You are in tune with all that is around you and understand your life as part of a larger whole. You are a down-to-earth person who enjoys going with the flow.

Compared to other takers
15/100 You scored -6 on HumanityToNature, higher than 15% of your peers.
38/100 You scored -1 on BackgroundToForeground, higher than 38% of your peers.
96/100 You scored 13 on DetailsToBigPicture, higher than 96% of your peers.
16/100 You scored -5 on ColorToShape, higher than 16% of your peers.


Beth said...

Whew, glad I'm a registered Repub. LOL I'm thinking of switching to Independent, though. Does that mean you'll rip my head only halfway off? ;)

I had a feeling you must be the kind of person who gets to hear way too much info about people, based on the fact of that woman telling you about her birthday present to her husband. (By the way, I find it interesting that she tried it before, and her husband got mad about it. I have a sneaking suspicion that it was just a little too much pressure on him, and he was probably terribly intimidated and afraid of failure. Or maybe he doesn't want anyone except his wife, and was offended that she would think otherwise. What the heck is the story there?!)

I know people like that, too. For whatever reason, people feel compelled to talk to them and sometimes about things that they really shouldn't be revealing.

I'm thinking it might be some kind of superpower. Then again, while I'm friendly and I chat with people, they don't divulge their secrets to me, so maybe I'VE got the superpower! Able to stave off uncomfortable conversations with a single glance! Works for me!


Jeanne said...

You are easy to talk too, I like the whole picture thing, and you don't miss around with words, if you are not in agreement you are willing so speak your thoughts.

Or suggest a better way of doing things....