What type of person are you? Are you the person others think you are?
Tonight I read a very interesting post by a fellow blogger at Dr hows science wows. She has discovered she is, according to others, “quirky”.It made me wonder “In the eyes of others what do they see me as?”.
I suppose if I am honest I don’t really wonder that at all. Enough people have told me. In general this is what they say.
“You’re horizontal”. “You’re so laid back”. “You’re scatty”.
I have to say I don’t agree. I don’t see myself in this way. I am just not one to panic about things, but in the end I do get everything done. It may be on the deadline, but it’s done.
I remember when I was nursing we had to get a certain result to pass. I had no difficulty learning, but I was not an overly studious type. So if we needed 55% to pass an exam I got 58%. I would be delighted, but my best friend would be tramatised just imagining coming so close to failing. I laughed at her overly hyper attitude. I always felt the problem lay with her, not me. With others in general, and not with myself.
My own mother is one of those overly organised, hyper people. She was not equipped to cope with my attitude. She is the type to be hours early for a train, bus or flight. I am the person who runs in the door last minute. She is the person who plans everything well in advance; I am the person downloading google maps just as we are leaving the house!
So as I read my blogging buddies post tonight it struck a chord and I wondered… Am I really horizontal, laid back and scatty, or is it because others think I am compared to themselves?
What are your defining characteristics according to others, and do they match what you think of yourself?
By the way my blogging buddy also asked “Is she a scientist because she is quirky, or is she quirky because she is a scientist?” Now that’s an interesting question. If you want to check her post out and give her your own opinion, she is here.