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Jane Goodall Answers a Questionnaire

shutterstock_30427399I can’t help but find it oh-so interesting that, just a few days after posting my thoughts on the relative value of online quizzes, I encounter another quiz I really want to take.

Although here I feel that perhaps the deck is unfairly stacked against me.

You see, Jane Goodall, one of my heroes and mentors, happens to be the latest in a long line of luminaries to answer this particular quiz.

And Marcel Proust is the quiz’s long-passed yet still celebrated author.

I loved Goodall’s responses. For many of the questions, a simple switch of “parrots” for “chimps” and her answers could be my own.

Not that that means I could resist taking the quiz for myself.

In fact, I have decided I will take the quiz right here…..for reasons including these:

  1. The questions feel very pertinent to recovery, mentoring, relationships, and life – they are questions from which we might all benefit by discovering our own inner answers.
  2. I suspect this is precisely the kind of quiz my mentor would encourage me to take, because it encourages me to tap into my inner wisdom and intuition rather than asking others what they think (or, even worse, comparing my responses with others’ responses).

So….here goes! 

Proust Questionnaire 

1. What is your idea of perfect happiness? 

Just waking from sleep and feeling sooooo warm and comfy and safe and happy (throw in a few sleepy chirps from my parrot nearby in his cage and we’re talking literal bliss.)

2. What is your greatest fear?

Not having what I need when I need it.

3. What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Cruelty.

4. What is your greatest extravagance?

I would say taking an actual vacation with actual “time off”  – I find it SO hard to do!

5. What is your favorite journey?

I have two – the first time I saw the Grand Canyon (I drove there from Phoenix on my own – a real bucket list trip) and my ongoing annual love affair with Cape Cod. But my all-time favorite journey is any time I come back after being away from my parrot, Pearl, and my tortoise, Malti. Seeing their little faces again….it is so divine!

6. What do you dislike most about your appearance?

Ahhhh…yes, this question seems inescapable. It can change on any given day, but for consistency’s sake, I would have to say “midsection area.”

7. What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My meditation teachers, and my animal companions.

8. When and where were you happiest?

This question feels impossible to answer. I feel like my happiest moments have been in nature – at the beach – but picking out the single happiest moment….well, I’ll have to ponder this some more.

9. What talent would you most like to have?

Better “social radar.”

10. What is your current state of mind?

Seeking.

11. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

My tendency towards “glass half empty” thinking.

12. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Surviving an eating disorder and then cyclical anxiety/depression. I feel it is a miracle I am still here.

13. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Wanting a “take back” and knowing I can’t have one.

14. What is your favorite occupation?

Writing….parrot mommy…..writing…..parrot mommy…..

15. What is your most marked characteristic?

Gut instinct. I live by it.

16. What do you most value in your friends?

Love and inner strength.

17. Who are your favorite writers?

Don Miguel Ruiz, John Grisham, Pema Chodron, Elizabeth Gilbert, Byron Katie, anyone who writes anything about parrots….and so many others.

18. Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

Michael Westin (Burn Notice).  And Blu (Rio).

19. Who are your heroes in real life?

My meditation teachers, Lynn-my mentor, Harvey Milk, Dr. John Nash, Dr. Jill Bolte-Taylor, the Dalai Lama, Don Miguel Ruiz, Rainer Maria Rilke, Dr. Temple Grandin….and many, many others.

20. What is it that you most dislike?

It’s a toss up between anger and fear. And people who hurt people or animals.

21. How would you like to die?

Peacefully in my sleep while I am still of sound mind and body.

22. What is your motto?

“Have faith – everything really is alright.”

WOW. That was a lot more intense than I thought it would be! And I’m glad I did it. 🙂

Today’s Takeaway: Would you like to take the Proust questionnaire? Here are just the questions – feel free to cut and paste and discover your own answers!

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

What is your greatest fear?

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

What is your greatest extravagance?

What is your favorite journey?

What do you dislike most about your appearance?

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

When and where were you happiest?

What talent would you most like to have?

What is your current state of mind?

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

What is your favorite occupation?

What is your most marked characteristic?

What do you most value in your friends?

Who are your favorite writers?

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

Who are your heroes in real life?

What is it that you most dislike?

How would you like to die?

What is your motto?

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Jane Goodall Answers a Questionnaire


Shannon Cutts

Parrot, tortoise & box turtle mama. Writer. Author. Mentor. Champion of all people (and things) recovered and recovering. http://www.loveandfeathersandshells.com http://www.shannoncutts.com


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APA Reference
Cutts, S. (2014). Jane Goodall Answers a Questionnaire. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 19, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/mentoring-recovery/2014/09/jane-goodall-answers-a-questionnaire/

 

Last updated: 16 Sep 2014
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