Member Questionnaire 1 (Whoobie77)What is beauty? What is love?
"The words democracy, socialism, freedom, patriotic, realistic, justice have each of them several different meanings which cannot be reconciled with one another." - George OrwellWhat are your most important values?
Avoid boredom, stay out of debt, stay alive.Do you have any sort of spiritual/religious beliefs, and why do you hold (or don't) those beliefs in the first place?
In a way, my belief in socionics is a kind of Platonic spirituality. My acceptance of archetypes is a sort of belief in reincarnation, that my "soul" doesn't die with me. And the fact that different people have different ways of processing information means there is more than empirical truth. Other than that, I am atheist with a strong connection to my Catholic heritage.Opinion on war and militaries? What is power to you?
As a military brat but also something of a dove, my heuristic is usually, "Support the troops, protest the war". Power is another is another one of the words whose meaning is dodgy and antisocial.What have you had long conversations about? What are your interests? Why?
I like to talk about 20th century analytic philosophy with my German professor, I like to talk about Japanese videogames with my Weeaboo friend, I like to talk about It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia with my sister, and I like to talk about international relations, crazy business schemes, and life, the universe and everything with my best friend. I like punk rock albums, T shirt stenciling, film theory, phenomenology, yoga, libertarianism, the crimson arts, and other weird shit. I like the things I like mostly to avoid boredom.Interested in health/medicine as a conversation topic? Are you focused on your body?
I'm not focused on my body. I try and work on weightlifting and eating right from time to time, so that way I can fit the "macho man" gender stereotype. But yeah, I've still got girly wrists, bad skin, and I'm wasting away because I'm only eating one meal a day.What do you think of daily chores?
Hate them. I never make my bed.Books or films you liked? Recently read/watched or otherwise. Examples welcome.
My favorite films are Nights of Cabiria, Vertigo, Mulholland Drive, The Thing, Halloween, Oldboy, Crazy as Hell, Cool Hand Luke, Superbad, Crumb, Doc Hollywood, Videodrome, and most anything by Ingmar Bergman.What has made you cry? What has made you smile? Why?
My favorite fictional books are the works of David Foster Wallace, the works of Haruki Murakami, The Short Timers, Pale Fire, The Metamorphosis, Invisible Man (Ellison), Trainspotting, Battle Royale, St. Manuel, The Good, and the 100 pages or so I was able to read of Gravity's Rainbow.
There's a lot of nonfiction thinkers I admire. Probably too many to list here. I find Ludwig Wittgenstein, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, and Camille Paglia are consistently drawing me back for more.
I remember bawling like a baby when I hit a pothole, got catapulted off my bike, and broke my arm at 16. I laugh a lot at the tangents going on inside my own head. I think it makes me look like a madman to other people.Where do you feel: at one with the environment/a sense of belonging?
I am one with the environment in walks around the countryside near my boyhood home, when I put on a Screaming Females record, in a classroom where I can rile people up intellectually, and when I'm immersed in free association research in on the interwebs.What have people seen as your weaknesses? What do you dislike about yourself?
I dislike that I'm unable to maintain relationships easily. I dislike that I have no physical presence whatsoever. I don't really like being an intellectual. Sometimes I'd rather have guts than brains.What have people seen as your strengths? What do you like about yourself?
People tell me I'm smart, but I'm not so sure.In what areas of your life would you like help?
Why just not write, "WHAT ARE YOUR DUAL SEEKING FUNCTIONS?" lolEver feel stuck in a rut? If yes, describe the causes and your reaction to it.
I struggle with depression. The causes are variable. The only way I know how to describe it is that when it is happening, I feel like I have an extra circulatory system responsible for pumping pure dread. My usual response is to wait it out.What qualities do you most like and dislike in other people? What types do you get along with?
If I knew how to get along with people, why would I be on a social psychology site? I don't know. I've had friends who were football quarterbacks and friends who were burnout drug dealers. Ideally, I'd like to get along with everybody.How do you feel about romance/sex? What qualities do you want in a partner?
Breathing would be a start. If you were to raise a child, what would be your main concerns, what measures would you take, and why?
I'm a young male, and I like sex about as much as people of that demographic tend to.
My father died when I was 8, so my highest concern would be the fact that I have no role model for how to be a good father. I'm also inattentive, which could be a problem. But human beings have evolved to care for offspring for 1000s of years. I think hard wiring would kick in and I would know the "measures to take".A friend makes a claim that clashes with your current beliefs. What is your inward and outward reaction?
Outward: Blase acceptanceDescribe your relationship to society. How do you see people as a whole? What do you consider a prevalent social problem? Name one.
In this globalized, interdependent, postindustrial world, I'm part of society whether I like it or not. I see people as evolution's greatest design and as its greatest mistake. A social problem that I see is deficit spending, which is going to blow up in our faces really bad.How do you choose your friends and how do you behave around them?
My friends usually start as acquaintances, and when we've been through the shit together, and there still around, that's a pretty good indicator to me that they're my true friend. I only have a couple of these people, but I trust them wholeheartedly, and I'm not afraid to be anybody but exactly who I am around them.How do you behave around strangers?
I've been cutting my hair like a Neonazi (it's low maintenance), I wear leather jackets sometimes and I walk around with a scowl of malcontent. So strangers don't talk to me.