Monday, June 30, 2008

Gandhi, The Dalai Lama, and I

Did I get the grammar in the title right? I are an engineer after all. Which apparently leaves me with an insatiable desire to take all sorts of quizzes. Here are two quizzes that had very interesting results. The first was What Kind of Thinker Are You? from the BBC.

You are an Intrapersonal thinker
Intrapersonal thinkerIntrapersonal thinkers:

  • Spend a lot of time thinking about and trying to understand themselves

  • Reflect on their thoughts and moods, and work to improve them

  • You understand how your behaviour affects your relationships with others

Like intrapersonal thinkers, Leonardo worked hard to improve all aspects of himself.Other Intrapersonal thinkers include

Sigmund Freud, Gandhi, Grahame Greene

Careers which suit Intrapersonal Thinkers include

Psychologist, Teacher, Pilot, Child care worker, Explorer, Drama therapist

Huh? Psychologist, Teacher, Child care worker? I think not. They obviously didn't have "patience" as part of the test. But Gandhi - that's cool, I can live with that.

The next test was The Political Compass. This is a fairly extensive quiz which not only determines your position on the left/right scale but also on the authoritarian/libertarian scale.

Your political compass

Economic Left/Right: -3.75

Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.72

The first chart on the results page listed where world leaders of the past would lie on this scale:

My position lies closest to Gandhi. Hello again, Gandhi!! The next graph listed where world leaders of today stand:

This explains why I cannot agree AT ALL with our current fearless leader way in the opposite corner of the chart. And it is interesting that the so-called religious right has a Pope who is actually left of center.  (I know, the religious right are mostly evangelical protestants, but they all look alike ).

My results fall almost smack dab on top of The Dalai Lama. Now that is also very cool. If only I could chill out and not be a complete perfectionist, control freak, supermom and embrace my inner Gandhi and Dalai Lama.

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