Ok, so I just took this online quiz that apparently helps determine what my most immediately discernible personality trait is to people I’ve just met. As we all know, first impressions can be very important in most situations (i.e. a job interview), but that’s not to say that first impressions are necessarily set in stone. Obviously, people are like onions and they have layers (a little something I learned from Shrek that always stuck with me). It would be ludicrous to assume that our first impressions of other people are completely accurate when it comes to assessing who they really are as a person because there are so many extenuating and mitigating factors that come into play. For instance, what if you just happened to catch someone on a particularly bad day and they came off as a total prick to you? A lot of people claim that when they met certain celebrities, they were very rude or acted like they didn’t want to be bothered. And who knows, maybe this is true. But is it really fair to judge that person based upon that one momentary and brief interaction you may have had with them? Maybe in that particular moment they didn’t want to be bothered. After all, even celebrities are human, aren’t they? Except of course Tom Cruise. We all know he’s an alien, although he did fool a lot of people for a very long time. Well done, Tom Cruise. Before you jumped all over Oprah’s couch you had us all deep within the palm of your hand.
Anyway, in case you’re wondering, the result of my quiz rendered me a rebel. Ha. I’m not sure what to even think of that. To be honest, I don’t really consider myself much of a rebel anymore, but there was a time when I was a teenager when I identified with being a punk. I still listen to a lot of the same music that I did back then, but my tastes have evolved a lot since then. You could say I’ve broadened my horizons. I’ve stopped fake-dying my hair outrageous colours and gone are the spiked belts and bracelets going up to my elbows. I did get into my fair share of trouble with my friends at my side though. Man, those were the days.
However, I was still surprised that based on my answers, this algorithm behind this quiz still somehow managed to render me a rebel. If I really think about it, I guess it makes a little bit of sense. I know that a lot of my opinions and ideals certainly don’t always conform with conventional ideals. Example: I think marriage is a totally antiquated ritual and many people seem to have conveniently forgotten that its original purpose actually had nothing to do with love. Now, I understand that perceptions change over time and now marriage is meant to join two people in a blissful union. But, let’s not forget it started out as a business transaction, a means for a father to essentially trade his daughter to a man more than twice her age for commercial goods. Why do you think the person officiating asks, “Who gives this woman away?”. But, I digress.
The point is, even though I don’t look like a rebel on the outside, in a lot of ways I guess I am one. It’s not that I am purposely trying to go against the norm just to be different. It’s that I am just so sick and tired of having to pretend that I agree with a lot of norms just to fit in. I’ve gotten to a point in my life where I just don’t give a fuck about fitting in anymore. If I have an idea, I am going to express it, not force it on you, just express it. And if you happen to agree then great, this will be an easy friendship or relationship. If you don’t happen to agree, then we can still be friends and; we’ll just engage in a lot of friendly debates, which is also great. After all, variety is the spice of life if you ask me.
Here are the results of my quiz in greater detail. If you’re interested in taking the quiz as well, please feel free to post your results in the comments and let me know what you think :). Do you think it’s an accurate assessment?