My Johari Window

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Howdy, all!

I'm now formally begging all my friends to pop over here and fill out my Johari window. Feel free to do so anonymously; I want honesty!

If you let me know about yours, I'll be happy to do the same.

You know how people feel about you by how they treat you when the pressure's on ("a friend in need", not by what they say about you - even anonymously. And anyway, why do you care so very much as to 'formally beg'? Sure, the results might be...interesting...but it's social science, and you know physical science laughs itself into a fit of hiccups over social science's methods.

Bertie, is your middle name, "Killjoy"?

Besides, I'm mostly curious about how my online friends who have never met me think about me. It makes for a curious contrast to those who know me in real life.

Gee, and I even gave Pancho Villa a good review... ;)

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

See, you replied. That means you give a damn about me :-D I can ignore any slight negative undertones to you reply - I know they mean little [picks up cloth covering microtome, wipes eyes and blows nose].

Glad you liked ASPVAH - you have excellent taste and discernment.

Ah, Bertie. Of course I do; heck, I give two damns about ya, maybe more.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

In all seriousness, though, I hope I didn't hurt any feelings. I was only trying to say it was all fur fun in a playful manner. If I was rude, I'm sorry!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Let me rephrase: you have excellent taste.

I thought you'd be able to see my tongue making my cheek bulge - but I guess such clues don't travel the web well.

Of course my feelings weren't hurt - haven't you noticed how thick my hide is? If I get mad at you, I promise to be quite explicit about it :-D

Nah, I thought as much, but I made myself a vow years ago to never let the possibility of seeming dense or dumb get in the way of me and a friend, so I decided to double-check and to be sure! :)

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I don't want this to get soppy(er), but I really am touched that you consider me a friend. I was berating myself the other day for having neglected your [extremely long list of] lists lately - hence the recent posts. You should shout in my ear more often :-D

Certainly do not berate yourself. We seem to mine different veins here on Listology, and I hope the site is richer for it!

I often read your articles and find myself, despite my delight, with nothing interesting to say. Granted, that rarely stops me, but gee... You're, like, you know, smart.

I absolutely consider you as a friend, even if a distant one. Darn geography.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I'm not so very smart, believe me - except, perhaps, in a narrow kind of way. I seem to have a talent for abstractions and the big philosophical picture, but that's about the extent of my smartness.

If you think you could contribute nothing to my philosophy articles, you are very probably wrong about that. Jim has helped me clear some things up - and he hasn't made a lot of comments - yet.

I need all the questions and criticism I can get, so please don't feel inhibited. I know you are smart enough to ask some useful questions.

On the other hand, don't let me hustle you into something you are disinclined to do. We'll remain friends in any case :-D

You are very nice and humble and thoroughly unconvincing. :)

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Like you say in your conversation with bertie, I can't imagine we get a very accurate impression of you through online contact alone.

I think I did your thing. I clicked on 6 words, entered my name and clicked the button.

Is that the right link? I see LBangs in the URL, but it looks like I'm supposed to enter six words to describe myself and then save. Do I then get a chance to do six words for you?

Whoops. I may have boo-booed. Try it now.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Whatever you did, that did the trick!

Excellent! I had to fiddle with the URL; I posted the wrong one!

Thanks for chipping in with your two cents. I owe you, and since I've been spinning your disc (which I greatly enjoy) in my car, I will pay back soon. :)

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

:-) Glad to hear it's been getting some play, and that you like it!

Okay, I see I'm a little late, but what the $#@% is a "Johari Window"? It sounds like the name of a phenomenon in Star Trek or something!

Johnny Waco (completely clueless)

P.S. I did try to click on it, but the site said it had too much traffic...

Just relax. We control the vertical...

It is a grid of around fifty traits. You pick the six you think describe you best, and your friends pick six. It then compares the way you see yourself with the way your friends see you.

That's the simple and sleek definition...

The second definition in my OED is a portal leading to a realm populated by a green-purple vertebrate especially fond of Mr. Spock's blood in ST:TOS...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Ah yes, the vertebrates! I thought it may have something to do with them. Thanks for filling me in...

Johnny Waco

That's a really interesting experiment, and I can see why you've done a separate one for the people who know you online.

I set up my own and sent it to my friends, and it's been quite revealing. For example, I didn't pick "trustworthy", but both of my parents did. I'm the only one who picked "calm", but I think I'd have a different result if I polled the people at work. And most of my UK friends picked "warm" and "loving", probably because (being Canadian), I am in comparison to English people.

I picked "organized" for you, by the way, because of your meticulous and extensive lists in the music section. The rest are pretty self-explanatory, and I judged partly from your posts, and partly from your lists (what I remember of both, anyway).

Isn't it most curious?

I tend to be fairly organized at work and laughably not anywhere else in my life.

I want some more UK friends! :)

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

By the way, thanks to you and everyone who pitched in!

Somebody made a nice catch on religious; I almost picked that one for myself.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs