If you've seen the 1964 film version of "Mary Poppins," you'll remember the scene where Mary Poppins measures the children. Michael is "extremely stubborn and suspicious" ("I am NOT!") and Jane is "inclined to giggle and to leave messes."
How many of us know ourselves so well that we could characterize our own personalities in just two descriptive words or phrases? Would they be very complimentary or, if we are completely honest with ourselves, would they reveal a less positive self-evaluation? Is that a bad thing, to know the less admirable aspects of oneself? Are they really negative at all, or have we just been trained to view certain words as negative?
I asked this question of a friend, whose first response was, "wow.... that's deep. Who ever asks that kind of question?" After some reflection, he described himself as a "disappointed idealist." There was one other descriptive word, which I have momentarily forgotten. The exercise led to a more prolonged discussion of why we chose those particular self-descriptive terms. In a 30-minute conversation, I came to understand far more about him than in the entire preceding eight years of our acquaintance.
The words I came up with for myself are "introspective and sceptical." Ironically, it took some introspection to reveal those phrases, since I almost never take things at face value.
How would you describe yourself?
I'm guessing that no one is going to say they are "practically perfect in every way."