Sunday, February 9, 2014

My Proust Questionnaire

When the French writer, Marcel Proust, was a teenager at the end of the 19th century, he answered a bunch of questions about his thoughts and feelings from what would be the modern equivalent of a Cosmo magazine. He ended up becoming famous which made the questionnaire famous and often referred to as the "Proust Questionnaire," even though he didn't really invent it. Learn more about it HERE including his answers. It was an inspiration to those who interview people.

I decided to give my responses because why not. It was actually a good exercise as it forced me to actually stop and think about my answers.

  • Your favorite virtue: Enthusiasm
  • Your favorite qualities in a man: Chivalry
  • Your favorite qualities in a woman: Chivalry
  • Your chief characteristic: Enthusiasm (often confused as geekiness)
  • What you appreciate the most in friends: Their caring nature
  • Your main fault: Self doubt

  • Your favorite occupation: Enjoying any form of entertainment
  • Your idea of happiness: A roaring fire, good company and good conversation/good book
  • Your idea of misery: A dance club
  • If not yourself, who would you be? Someone else
  • Where would you like to live? Paris, Auckland, London, Edinburgh
  • Your favorite color: Blue
  • Your favorite flower: Daisies & traditional red roses
  • Your favorite bird: Penguin
  • Your favorite prose authors: Edgar Allan Poe, Homer, Jane Austen, Sylvia Plath
  • Your favorite poets: Rives, William Shakespeare, Shel Silverstein, Dr. Seuss
  • Your favorite heroes in fiction: Malcolm Reynolds, Jon Snow, Harry Dresden
  • Your favorite heroines in fiction: Cassandra, Anne Elliot, Ellen Ripley
  • Your favorite painters: Jack Vettrano, Rene Magritte, Brent Lynch
  • Your favorite composer: George Gershwin with Cole Porter in a close second
  • Your favorite heroes in real life: Police Officers, Firefighters and Soldiers
  • Your favorite heroines in real life: Police Officers, Firefighters and Soldiers
  • What characters in history do you most dislike: Thomas Edison
  • Your heroes in world history: Elizabeth I, Harry Houdini, Nikolai Tesla
  • Your favorite names: Millicent, Oliver, Henry, Joshua
  • What you hate the most: Dishonor and disrespect
  • World history characters you hate the most: Thomas Edison
  • The military event you admire the most: Spanish Armada vs England
  • The reform you admire the most: Women’s Voting Rights
  • The natural talent you’d like to be gifted with: Language – the ability to pick up new ones and use the ones I know to the best ability
  • How you wish to die: Quickly and with the least hurt to those I love
  • What is your present state of mind: Uninspired
  • For what fault do you have the most toleration: Addiction
  • Your favorite motto: It is actually a quote “Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those that could not hear the music.”

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