The Proust Questionnaire

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

While I was in Chicago this weekend, Casey and Melody were looking at the latest Vanity Fair magazine. At the very end, readers enjoy The Proust Questionnaire.

Different stars and artists will answer the questions for each issue. Martha Stewart gave her answers this time and I was intrigued.

Not that anyone cares about my answers are but I thought it would be an interesting exercise.

To other bloggers: copy the questions from the site and answer on your blog. If you do, post a comment so I can learn more about you!

"The Proust Questionnaire has its origins in a parlor game popularized (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature. Here is the basic Proust Questionnaire."

1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Socializing over excellent food and wine with my close friends and family. People are laughing and enjoying themselves and our concerns are put on pause while we enjoy each other's company.

2. What is your greatest fear?
Failure. Not being smart enough or quick enough to work through a situation and bring about success.

3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I can be quick to speak and slow to listen. As I get older, I'm getting better at listening more.

4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Extremism, being close-minded.

5. Which living person do you most admire?
I admire survivors.  Whether it is death, disease, heartbreak or sorrow, those who get up and keep moving always inspire me.

6. What is your greatest extravagance?
My vintage (recycled) mink fur coat.

7. What is your current state of mind?
My sweet cat is lounging near me and I'm wearing a grey hoodie. Comfortable and content.

8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Purity

9. On what occasion do you lie?
I rarely lie.  However, there are rare times when I avoid direct truth to spare another person's feelings.

10. What do you most dislike about your appearance?
Dark circles that will not respond to makeup, or sleep.

11. Which living person do you most despise?
I don't despise anyone but I feel Glenn Beck should not be able to influence others.  He propogates hatred out of ignorance.

12. What is the quality you most like in a man?
Humility

13. What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Compassion

14. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
"So..."

15. What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My husband, Kingsley.

16. When and where were you happiest?
On my wedding day I was surrounded by those I love in the midst of an extravagant celebration.

17. Which talent would you most like to have?
Musical talent, the ability to play the piano.

18. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I'd rather I wasn't so serious.

19. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Earning my Master's Degree from the University of Westminster.

20. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
A bird, able to soar the sky.

21. Where would you most like to live?
Near the beach, within walking distance to the ocean.

22. What is your most treasured possession?
My laptop.  The pictures, articles, poems and videos I've stored there are important to me.  I'm also able to stay connected to the world.

23. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
The loss of hope.

24. What is your favorite occupation?
Writer

25. What is your most marked characteristic?
Determination

26. What do you most value in your friends?
Graciousness

27. Who are your favorite writers?
Vanora Bennett, David Sedaris, Toni Morrison, Ernest Hemmingway

28. Who is your hero of fiction?
Carrie Bradshaw for her shoe collection.

29. Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Joan of Arc was courageous and tred outside the lines.  She led the French army and was convicted later of wearing men's clothing and burned at the stakes.

30. Who are your heroes in real life?
President Obama for using diplomacy to lead instead of force.

31. What are your favorite names?
Decken, Demi, Alexander, Elizabeth

32. What is it that you most dislike?
Sexism

33. What is your greatest regret?
Growing up too quickly.

34. How would you like to die?
In a way that would cause those who love me the least amount of suffering.

35. What is your motto?
ELM - Enjoy life more.

5 comments

LizP said...

That was fun! Here is my blog post on it ... http://lizsmusings.wordpress.com/2009/10/28/the-proust-questionnaire/

Denae said...

Fab. Can't wait to read yours!

Anonymous said...

I love the Proust questionnaire. Have you seen Martha Stewart's entry? It is very telling. I don't have a blog...so here you go:
1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
82 degrees and sunny on a beach. I am under an umbrella on a teak lounge chair surrounded by friends and Sauvignon Blanc.

2. What is your greatest fear?
Being forgotten.

3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
An inability to relax.

4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
An inability to change

5. Which living person do you most admire?
Christian Louboutin...just kidding.

6. What is your greatest extravagance?
Regular massages.

7. What is your current state of mind?
Exhausted.

8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Complete Honesty

9. On what occasion do you lie?
Ha. See above. But I am a firm believer in letting everything you say be the truth - and knowing when to be quiet.

10. What do you most dislike about your appearance?
My legs.

11. Which living person do you most despise?
Despise is a strong word...but Megan Fox is a definite candidate.

12. What is the quality you most like in a man?
Wit

13. What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Kindness

14. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Y'all

15. What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My husband.

16. When and where were you happiest?
The day I finished my medical intership. It was pure happiness.

17. Which talent would you most like to have?
The ability to pick up new languages

18. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would like shopping a little less, and working a little more...

19. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Becoming a cancer doctor.

20. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
Meryl Streep...what a life.

21. Where would you most like to live?
Near my family with a vacation home in Nevis

22. What is your most treasured possession?
My wedding band

23. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
A loss of choice.

24. What is your favorite occupation?
Celebrity Event Planner

25. What is your most marked characteristic?
Stubbornness

26. What do you most value in your friends?
Fidelity

27. Who are your favorite writers?
Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald

28. Who is your hero of fiction?
Elizabeth Bennett

29. Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Dorothy Parker

30. Who are your heroes in real life?
My mother and my patients

31. What are your favorite names?
Sophie, Grace, Caroline, Leighton and Jackson

32. What is it that you most dislike?
Ignorance

33. What is your greatest regret?
Being born an adult

34. How would you like to die?
In my sleep, next to my husband at 99

35. What is your motto?
Do good.

Anonymous said...

The above was by me...if you couldn't tell.

Casey

Denae said...

Casey - YAY! Thanks for playing. Btw - LOVE the name Leighton and your answer to how would you like to die made me cry. Awww.