In the darkness the trees are full of starlight (henwy) wrote,
In the darkness the trees are full of starlight

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Always look on the bright side of life = Stupid

So it seems that the new HAWT and IN thing among blogs is the Johari Window meme. Right now, I don't think you can spit without hitting a blog with one of those at the moment. On my friends list alone, I think there are around a half dozen plus floating around as people solicit others to tell them who they really are.

Of course, we all know it's a circle jerk of sorts. It's like when you ask friends in general what they really think about you. You're not really looking for a brutal or even honest opinion. After all, the frakker you just asked to engage in this analysis is a friend. Even the most clueless person must realize that is likely to skew the results a bit, no? To make things even more happy-go-lucky, this particular meme dosen't even have a full selection of adjectives. Being a slave to pop culture and always jumping on every bandwagon I find, I of course went to the website to take a look. I figured that I could answer the questionnaires of the people on the friends list who urgently requested I do so, and if it was interesting, pop my own id in there. It was at that that point I realized that the whole thing had been carefully designed to not provide real insight, but puff up useless self-esteem like some sort of hippie after school program. "Well, gosh. If only people felt better about themselves, it dosen't really matter what reality is like." The test has obviously been pruned so that only the positive and vaguely neutral adjectives remain. What sort of honest assessment is that supposed to be? They might as well advertise this entire thing as, It's fun _AND_ masturbatory.

Here's a list of the current words on there that you can select in your brutually honest assessment of your friend:

able, accepting, adaptable, bold, brave, calm, caring, cheerful, clever, complex, confident, dependable, dignified, energetic, extroverted, friendly, giving, happy, helpful, idealistic, independent, ingenious, intelligent, introverted, kind, knowledgable, logical, loving, mature, modest, nervous, observant, organised, patient, powerful, proud, quiet, reflective, relaxed, religious, responsive, searching, self-assertive, self-conscious, sensible, sentimental, shy silly, spontaneous, sympathetic, tense, trustworthy, warm, wise, and witty.

Where the hell is the balance in a list like that? Where the hell are the freaking antonyms? Where's mean or cowardly? Sad or stupid? Callous or hor? I would have liked to see bloody-minded vinictiveness on there too, but maybe that was a stretch. With a list of adjectives like this, how could any person fail to come out looking like a saint?

I tried to take this little word test while rating myself and found that I couldn't find many words that I thought even applied. No doubt it's true that people generally tend to judge themselves more harshly than their friends, but sometimes a person just has a few crap qualities and anyone would recognize them. What's the point of creating what is supposedly a psychological assessment tool that in the end provides absolutely no insight on the person?

Feh. I just thought I'd get that rant out of the way before I go off and join the daisy chain and answered a few of those meme requests. Here's mine by the way. It dosen't even come close to painting an accurate picture of who I am IMO but feel free to flatter me and tell me how wonderful I am. No doubt such positive reinforcement will allow me to accomplish any goal in life.

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