February 27th, 2002

firesea: self-portrait

pigeonholing personalities.

So, this self-test meme. We've all seen people ranting about them, we've even probably been getting a bit sick of them ourselves. Yet they're still so damn compelling.

Why? Why does everyone seem to have this need to find out what some random person thinks they are like based on a few multiple-choice questions? Why are we so pleased when we get an answer we like, or the same answer as a friend, and so annoyed when we get something that doesn't seem to fit? Is it related to the ever-expanding morass of self-help books in the bookstores, and the ever-present quizzes in women's magazines? Does it come down to some basic psychological drive? It might...

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