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my problem with livejournal is that I get these ideas in my head for lofty, insightful posts, and then sit down and don't feel so much like writing the lofty insightful post after all, so I write nothing. I need to accept the fact that just writing about the stupid little crap in my life is much more important, and that anything is better than nothing... that's what journalling is all about. so this post will not be lofty.

had a conversation with a coworker about personalities, because her group had taken some big test. she was a "dominant personality" apparently, and thought I might be too, but of course I thought otherwise. I mean, I don't need to dominate, I can do other things. Anyway, one of the thinks she said was that dominant people teach themselves to have this great initiative to jump in and start anything and get the project going, but that makes us really bad at finishing projects.

Now, in my mind I know that everyone is really bad at finishing projects, because most of those personality tests (corporate ones are just as bad as cheesy made up ones, I'm telling you) just say generic stuff that applies to everyone. But it's still freaking me out. I have like three sewing projects out right now. I can't even count how many half-written php scripts are residing in various folders on spacefem.com. I have like five unwrapped bars of soap in my bathroom, for heaven's sake, because I can't even wait for one soap to get done with before unwrapping the next one.

it's really bad... I never thought about this before but now that I'm looking around I think I might be completely insane and abnormal, and worse yet, dominant... what a terrible word.

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friedtoast
Nov. 17th, 2003 06:11 pm (UTC)
...dominant people teach themselves to have this great initiative to jump in and start anything and get the project going, but that makes us really bad at finishing projects.

And here I thought it was just a Gemini thing. I never considered myself a "dominant" personality. In fact, you don't strike me as one, either. But then again, I guess we have to have a common defñ here or else we'll all be dominant personalities, but different.
bingodoggy
Nov. 17th, 2003 06:27 pm (UTC)
you deal with the lofty livejournal thing too? i feel better now.

don't let the co-worker get to you. you know that everyone else is bad at finishing projects. it's really ok, and it doesn't mean anything weird about you. i can't tell you how many projects i haven't finished, but i've finished quite a few as well. i'll bet you've finished a lot of things that you're not thinking of right now.

why is dominant such a terrible word? i'm confused.
mage67
Nov. 17th, 2003 07:40 pm (UTC)
I can't even wait for one soap to get done with before unwrapping the next one
Dare I say it sounds like you're living a soap opera? ;)
friedtoast
Nov. 18th, 2003 03:31 am (UTC)
Is the Gong Show still on?

If so...

GONGGGGGGG!!!!!!!


vinaigrettegirl
Nov. 18th, 2003 05:00 am (UTC)
hey, soap is fun!
New soap? Sounds utterly normal to me; nothing is quite like that ooooh, new soap, new lather, new smell, wonder what it feels like thing, except, maybe, the package of Brand New Knickers.

I get small soaps just so I can have lots of new ones.

As for finishing projects: there are people who are "Completer/Finisher" types (according to one set of sets by Belbin, see www.belbin.com) but you may not want to be one.

"Dominant" has bad vibes for women because for us it tends to have a lot of criticism attached to it: either of sexual dominance and submissiveness, or of possessing somehow 'unfeminine' attributes, or of an inability to handle power appropriately and productively. I don't see, at all, how it relates to the ability to start projects, unless having initiave and curiosity is "dominant" - pishtosh, I say. Feh.

However, you can always take a few of these business psychometics yourself and the whack 'em into your CV if you like the results: you aren't going to stay where you are forever. What happenedt o your views of your ideal company??
egfpigsty
Nov. 18th, 2003 11:50 pm (UTC)
Of course you're dominant. That is what makes you a good leader.

Who said dominant was a bad thing? Somebody has to take the reins. . .
indiekitty
Nov. 19th, 2003 04:56 am (UTC)
"my problem with livejournal is that I get these ideas in my head for lofty, insightful posts, and then sit down and don't feel so much like writing the lofty insightful post after all, so I write nothing."

That's exactly me.
illandaria
Nov. 20th, 2003 07:37 pm (UTC)
Hi. We've got several readers in common, I notice, and I adore the username.

Also, I'm a former Kansan. I suppose my heart will always be there.

Anyway, I'm adding you to my list. :)
spacefem
Nov. 20th, 2003 08:19 pm (UTC)
yay for kansans, indeed!
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