Lark
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Lark asked in Arts & HumanitiesPhilosophy · 1 decade ago

How would you answer the Vanity Fair Proust Questionnaire about your personality and aspirations?

Vanity Fair has long been my favorite magazine, and every month when the new issue arrives I start on the last page with the Proust Questionnaire. It’s a thought-provoking personality questionnaire named in homage to Marcel Proust who was fond of answering similar ones. The questionnaire in the magazine is always answered by a celebrity, but I thought it would be fun to see how others would respond. I’m asking in this section because Polls & Surveys is for questions that require the attention span of a goldfish, and it seems like there are more users here than in Psychology. This is a long and detailed questionnaire, so feel at liberty to pick and choose which questions you would like to answer. Please copy and paste the questions above your answers to make for more streamlined reading. My only request is that you not write something like "omg 2 long" because that's just repetitive.

Thanks in advance for your answers!

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

What is your greatest fear?

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

What is your greatest extravagance?

What is your current state of mind?

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

What is your favorite journey?

On what occasion do you lie?

What do you dislike about your appearance?

Which living person do you most despise?

Which living person do you most admire?

What is your favorite color and flower?

Which words or phrases do you dislike?

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

What is the quality you most like in a man?

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

When and where were you happiest?

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?

Which talent would you most like to have?

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?

What is your most treasured possession?

Who are your heroes in real life?

Who do you consider to be a genius?

What is your greatest regret?

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Where would you like to live?

What is your favorite song?

What is your favorite occupation?

What is your most marked characteristic?

What do you value most in your friends?

Who are your favorite writers?

Who are your favorite painters and composers?

Who are your heroines of world history?

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

How would you like to die?

What is your motto?

~ peace

Update:

These answers are incredible, and were such a delight to read. I know this question required a tremendous amount of time and thought in comparison to most on this site, and I'm really appreciative of your answers.

You can copy and paste your answers to the questionnaire onto this interactive version of it to find out which celebrity respondent you most resemble:

http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/proust-...

THANK YOU ALL! : )

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  • 1 decade ago
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    What is your idea of perfect happiness?

    Satisfaction and confidence in who I am, in what I do and live by, security in who I love and who loves me, and enough means to enjoy what I have already, and health for me and the people I love, so we can enjoy it together, for hopefully a long, long time.

    What is your greatest fear?

    Losing people I love, and finding some deplorable and disgusting traits in myself.

    What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

    Selfishness and pride.

    What is the trait you most deplore in others?

    Bigotry

    Which historical figure do you most identify with?

    Can't really say that I found a historical character to be very 'me', but I admire Mother Theresa very much. Finding release in working with children and doing aid projects is one way I really feel happy. Children are such pure beings but wise souls, even though they sometimes stretch my patience.

    What is your greatest extravagance? Not exercising. Or working hard enough on whatever projects - school, my mind, my hobbies.

    What is your current state of mind? Exhaustion. Not of this question - just today.

    What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Chastity

    What is your favorite journey?

    Don't really get this - is this referring to an ideal trip? My ideal trip is on a country road with the roof of the car up and the wind whipping through my hair, driving away from all my problems.

    On what occasion do you lie? When it smooths things over - for me, or for others. Lies that avoid clashes.

    What do you dislike about your appearance?

    Almost everything, usually. :) Seriously? My skin. Sounds weird, I know.

    Which living person do you most despise?

    Do I have to know this person? Cos' I know a lot of Wall Street bankers/politicians I'd like to reel off. I won't name names of people I know, because regardless of despising them, that's not for me to start spouting their name in public.

    Which living person do you most admire?

    My parents. Despite their personality quirks, they are the most perfect people to me.

    What is your favorite color and flower?

    I like all colours, provided they blend and match, or even clash, but in an artsy way. It depends solely on my mood. Flowers? Lilies and orchids.

    Which words or phrases do you dislike?

    Insulting but overused phrases. Such as, "You're such a dork." or "That's so gay." Horrible!

    Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

    "Uhhh ... "

    What is the quality you most like in a man?

    Respect

    What is the quality you most like in a woman?

    Confidence

    What or who is the greatest love of your life?

    My family and friends

    When and where were you happiest?

    Just before my 14th birthday, I was really, really happy. I'm not saying wise or knowledgeable, nor am I saying I'd go back if I had the chance. All I know is that I was a carefree, happy person. That's the happiest I've been in a long time, but I was probably happier as a child - when I felt more secure.

    If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

    I would rewrite my personality, editing out a couple of memories, go back in time and change a couple of things - stuff like that.

    If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?

    My mother's and sister's insomnia problems, and my sister's .... emotional rollercoaster rides.

    Which talent would you most like to have?

    Creativity. In writing, art, and music. I have some, but not as much as I'd like.

    What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

    When I was 12, my mother had surgery to remove a tumor. I went with her to another country so she could get it done safely and properly. When I was there, I consider it my greatest achievement to be by her side and do all I could to make her happy and comforted during that time. And also to send thoughts back to my family, updating them on her progress. And also helping my younger siblings through a move to another country.

    If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?

    A person? A good, wise one, I'd hope. A thing? I'd want to come back as a book. But I'd probably end up being a piece of linoleum. That's how uninteresting I am.

    What is your most treasured possession?

    Things come and go - people are what matter most. My most treasured possesions are mementos - things that carry memories, sad and happy.

    Who are your heroes in real life? Besides all the historical and present living day characters, my real heroes are the people I will remember at the end of my life, and those will be the people who stuck with me through thick and thin, who loved me and taught me things. Those are the people who matter the most.

    Who do you consider to be a genius?

    Living? Simon Schama.

    What is your greatest regret?

    Climbing off that Narnian Unicorn, or that Thestral. Just kidding. Had to add a little humor. This questionnaire is awfully serious. I could be whimsical about it, but I just can't, right now. Billet could do a good job.

    What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

    Seeing pain in the people I love, knowing I caused it and could have prevented it.

    What do you value most in your friends?

    Honesty, loyalty, and simple kindness.

    Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

    Frodo and Sam from The Lord of the Rings. (I'm sure there are many more, but this is what my fried brain is coming up with)

    How would you like to die?

    Hard question. I would like to die quickly, but still managing to tell everyone everything. I would like to die in a way that didn't make me ashamed of the life I hope to live, if that makes sense. Peacefully, or if not that, then honorably.

    Thanks for the questions - they are really, really great.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Proust Questionnaire Vanity Fair

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    small story : Once upon a time there was the end. lollllll -What is the most traumatic experience you've ever been through? hmmm dont want to get into detail but my life and death moments. I'm happy to be alive right now. -What's your clothing/fashion style? my style is casual with a fitted hat ( baseball hat). -Are you Right-handed or Left-handed? Right -Are you talkative or shy? Use to be shy before in my teen years but i grew out of my shell and now im talkative Okay, now, tell me who you are, and describe your personality as a whole. i cant describe. u gotta ask someone who knows me well.

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  • emilia
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    What is your idea of perfect happiness?

    - Being confident and happy doing what I love, surrounded by those I love, and having what I love to do benefit others.

    What is your greatest fear?

    - Fear of becoming someone I despise.

    What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

    - Not having the courage of my convictions.

    What is the trait you most deplore in others?

    - Unjustified and misdirected anger.

    Which historical figure do you most identify with?

    - The Prophet Muhammad (S)

    What is your greatest extravagance?

    - A beautiful celadon-green and beige dress that I fell in love with, for my uncle's wedding, and my laptop, although both were gifts. I've never had money to pay for anything but tuition, so if that's considered extravagant . . .

    What is your current state of mind?

    - I want to escape, but I am content.

    What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

    - [...]

    What is your favorite journey?

    - Life.

    On what occasion do you lie?

    - When I write essays with premises I don't agree with, or when in conversation with acquaintances I'd feel uncomfortable voicing my true opinions to.

    What do you dislike about your appearance?

    - My nose is a little odd, and I don't like my profile.

    Which living person do you most despise?

    - Anyone who falsely represents Islam and Muslims.

    Which living person do you most admire?

    - A friend of mine who can find the good in anything.

    What is your favorite color and flower?

    - Purple is my favorite color, and I like daisies.

    Which words or phrases do you dislike?

    - "____ is coming out of his/her shell." "Plug and chug." "Basically." "Likelikelikelike."

    Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

    - "That's funny." "Make sense?" And instead of answering 'no' to a question, I always involuntarily say 'nono.'

    What is the quality you most like in a man?

    - Intelligence

    What is the quality you most like in a woman?

    - Intelligence

    What or who is the greatest love of your life?

    - I haven't fallen in love yet, although I'm slowly starting to fall for someone. Education, knowledge, and wisdom, though, are things I greatly love in life.

    When and where were you happiest?

    - Possibly when I was a child, although I don't remember. I've always, always been happiest at school; people say that school is their second home, but some days I feel like it's my first.

    If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

    - My determination.

    If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?

    - To be out there more.

    Which talent would you most like to have?

    - I would love to be athletic.

    What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

    - Getting to the top of my high school class sophomore year. I haven't been achieving much of note lately.

    If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?

    - A butterfly, of course.

    What is your most treasured possession?

    - My laptop, and a bunch of letters/notebooks from friends and family,

    Who are your heroes in real life?

    - My older sister, my dad, a handful of my friends, my former history teacher, and two chem professors.

    Who do you consider to be a genius?

    - Anyone who can make mathematical progress and discoveries.

    What is your greatest regret?

    - Slipping from my standards as soon as I started college, and not yet recovering completely.

    What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

    - "The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities." ~ Sophocles

    Where would you like to live?

    - Anyplace with lots of open space, and open people.

    What is your favorite song?

    - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATmPd9ZloaM

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    Obviously I'm not a music aficionado, but I love this.

    What is your favorite occupation?

    - Anything that involves teaching.

    What is your most marked characteristic?

    - Reserve.

    What do you value most in your friends?

    - Intelligence, compassion, and their just being themselves.

    Who are your favorite writers?

    - Orhan Pamuk, John Steinbeck, W B Yeats, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and J K Rowling.

    Who are your favorite painters and composers?

    - Did I mention I'm not particularly art- or music-oriented? For art, this is not a definitive answer, but I will have to say John William Waterhouse because his are the only works I've seen a lot of, and enjoyed.

    Who are your heroines of world history?

    - Eleanor Roosevelt

    Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

    - The Dumbledore family

    How would you like to die?

    - After having lived a long and positive life, I'd like to die doing something I wouldn't be ashamed to be found dead doing.

    What is your motto?

    - Aim high.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Thank you for a great question. I needed to muster all my courage to answer honestly.

    What is your idea of perfect happiness?

    To live in a world where no child is ever hurt or abandoned

    What is your greatest fear?

    To become insensitive to the suffering of others

    What is the trait you deplore in yourself

    I am a coward

    What is the trait you most despise in others

    Carelessness

    Which historical figure do you most identify with?

    St Theresa of Avila

    What is your greatest extravagance

    My collection of books

    What is your current state of mind

    I'm in a state of expectation

    What do you consider the most overrated virtue

    Humility.

    What is your favourite journey?

    From Sydney to Byron Bay and then up to Cairns in Queensland.

    On what occasion do you lie

    When cornered

    What do you dislike about your appearance?

    I'm what is colloquially called a short ***

    Which living person do you most despise

    I don't despise anyone but deplore quite a few

    Which living person do you most admire?

    Germaine Greer for having the fortitude to practice what she preaches

    What is your favourite colour and flower

    Royal blue and lavender

    What words or phrases do you dislike?

    ... what's up your...

    Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

    ...how's it going?

    What is the quality you most like in a man?

    His willingness to be what he is

    What is the quality you most like in a woman?

    If she has empathy I'm hers for life

    What or who is the greatest love of your life?

    I'm still searching

    When and where were you happiest?

    When I was a kid, before I learned about the realities of life

    If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

    I'd like to be someone more compassionate and forgiving

    If you could change one thing about your family what would it be?

    I'd like them to be less insular both physically and emotionally.

    What is your greatest extravagance?

    My collection of books

    Which talent would you most like to have?

    A musical talent

    What do you consider your greatest achievement

    I'm unscathed by life's ups and downs

    If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?

    Someone like the Dalai Lama, who is impossible to dislike even by his enemies.

    What is your most treasured possession

    My aquamarine beads

    Who are your heroes in real life?

    My aikido teacher

    Who do you consider to be a genius?

    My Feng Shui teacher

    What is your greatest regret?

    None so far

    What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

    To live without hope

    Where would you like to live?

    I'd like to end up in Tasmania

    What is your favourite song?

    Love of my Life by Queen

    What is your favourite occupation

    Work our family vegie patch

    What is your most marked characteristic?

    I'm considered by my friends to be an incurable excentric

    What do you value most in your friends?

    Loyalty

    Who are your favourie writers?

    Victor Hugo, J K Rowling, Raymond Feist

    Who are your favourite painters and composers?

    I can never tire of Turner's landscapes or listening to J S Bach's music

    Who are your heroines of world history?

    St Elizabeth of Hungary

    Who is your favourite here of fiction?

    Arya of House Stark in 'A Game of Thrones' by George R R Martin

    How would you like to die?

    Preferably of old age

    What is your motto?

    If it's going to be it's up to me.

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    1 decade ago

    What is your idea of perfect happiness?

    Not having to question yourself as to whether you're good enough for anyone, being in good health, having enough money in your pocket to live by day-to-day, lack of worries, acceptance, having cherished memories and being loved.

    What is your greatest fear?

    Losing the last few things in my life that are important to me.

    What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

    Absent-minded. Preoccupied.

    What is the trait you most deplore in others?

    Superficiality

    What is your current state of mind?

    My mind is cloudy.

    What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

    Humility. Modesty is usually done in pride.

    On what occasion do you lie?

    Under pressure

    Which living person do you most despise?

    Brother.

    Which living person do you most admire?

    A teacher of mine.

    What is your favorite color and flower?

    Champagne and hibiscus.

    Which words or phrases do you dislike?

    "rawr", "hence", "whatever", "it's not my problem", "tough cookie"

    Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

    "oh yes", "alright", "so then what?", "sorry", "it's alright"

    What is the quality you most like in a man?

    I like men who aren't afraid to just be themselves. They don't need to compensate or act above others to get people to like him. I like honesty.

    What is the quality you most like in a woman?

    As with men I also like women to be honest and fair. To not value superficial things and to be who she really is.

    What or who is the greatest love of your life?

    Can't say.

    Which talent would you most like to have?

    Multilingual.

    If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?

    I can't say what it would be but I hope it would be something like a leopard. Beautiful and independent.

    What is your greatest regret?

    Not listening to advice.

    What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

    It fluctuates...sometimes I feel on top of the world, but in a moment it can all disappear and I end up feeling so sorry for myself. I'm not sure where that point is.

    Where would you like to live?

    As long as I'm living I'm not going to be choosey.

    What is your favorite song?

    The (Shipped) Gold Standard

    What is your favorite occupation?

    Teacher

    What do you value most in your friends?

    Not caring about what others think of them. Being independent.

    Who are your favorite writers?

    Russian authors.

    Who are your favorite painters and composers?

    Those who paint with the objective of creating something beautiful, not making money.

    How would you like to die?

    In sleep, mid-dream.

    What is your motto?

    According to my school the day that I enrolled my motto became Labour Omnia Vincit. Other than that I don't have a personal motto.

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  • 1 decade ago

    What is your idea of perfect happiness?

    A small life in the sunshine. I'm a fan of sunshine, it's a shame I moved to a tiny dark island. All I ever wanted was a family to love,and a little place of my own. My ideal would be a quiet place by the sea, in the heat and the sun, with a couple more kids.

    What is your greatest fear?

    Losing all of the above :(

    What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

    Envy. I want to to fit in desperately, but I never will. I've always been a bit different. Not in a weird way but just different. I wasn't meant to stay where I was born, and the funny thing was I always knew it. I don't really belong anywhere and I badly want to. Can't change who I am though. I'm ridiculously sensitive and it makes it hard for me to be in certain situations.

    What is the trait you most deplore in others?

    Cruelty. I think cruel thoughts about people I truly despise, but I couldn't act on any of it. I've watched people do horrible things and I can't for the life of me understand why they want to do it.

    Which historical figure do you most identify with?

    Jane Austen. I wonder if she counts? We think alike, and she too stood apart from the crowd at great expense... she never compromised herself.

    What is your greatest extravagance?

    Books! I don't worship books, but close. When I moved countries I bought extra suit cases to drag as many books over as possible. I was tossing things out in the airport when I went over my weight limit thinking, "I don't need more than 2 pairs of pants do I?" More room for books.

    What is your current state of mind?

    I'm a bit in the middle. I miss my husband with him working such crazy hours, and the baby has been sick all week but he's better now. I'm looking forward to some much needed time off soon, that should put the world to rights :)

    What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

    Intelligence. People can oversimplify their life by thinking too much, and it's common to see people thinking they're better spoken and therefore correct, or worse, they're educated and therefore better than other people around them. You can watch lives be wasted sitting inside thinking all day instead of taking a break and going out to enjoy life once in a while.

    What is your favorite journey?

    My trips to London. When Iand in Euston I'm like a kid in a theme park. I bounce all over the place and start reeling off all the places I can't wait to visit. I've got fond memories in London.

    On what occasion do you lie?

    I try not to, even when I call into work. It's pretty hard for me to lie because in my mind everything is always best being sais straight forward. The funny part about that is that when you tell people the truth, they think you're lying because it's not outrageous enough :/

    What do you dislike about your appearance?

    I'm getting lines! I wouldn't mind if they were crows feet, that's a sign of happiness. But under the eyes means lack of sleep!

    Which living person do you most despise?

    My old Matron. She sacked me when I was pregnant. Need I say more?

    Which living person do you most admire?

    My husband. Corny but true. He's not perfect, and half the time I'd like to clobber him, but he's got a good heart and a great judge of character. He's extremely loyal and if slow on the uptake at least faithful enough to persist until he's got it right.

    What is your favorite color and flower?

    I'm a fan of green. Spring freen, forest green... and I looove sunflowers, especially the 8 ft tall ones. They look so happy when they follow the sun.

    Which words or phrases do you dislike?

    'If you've got it, flaunt it'

    (Give me time, I'm sure to come up with more)

    Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

    "At the end of the day"... I really using it too much.

    What is the quality you most like in a man?

    Tenderness, followed by strength. Someone who makes me laugh :)

    What is the quality you most like in a woman?

    Tenderness, followed by strength, lol. I'm about the same on both.

    What or who is the greatest love of your life?

    My son. No parent can say otherwise.

    When and where were you happiest?

    New Orleans, 2004. Spent a blissful weekend there when I fell for mu husband.

    If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

    My envy, and my inabitlity to let go.

    If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?

    Oh my. You haven't seen my family. Just think of it like People of Walmart, where do you even begin?

    http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/

    Which talent would you most like to have?

    I would like to be contortionist! It looks like fun.

    What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

    My son, again. He's the best part of me.

    If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?

    I'd say a dog. I'm a dog person so I might be a bit biased.

    What is your most treasured possession?

    Beyond my photos, a small box of trinkets I've been harboring since I was a kid full of nostalgic bits and pieces. There are old photographs, a toy car given to me by the first boy to kiss me when I was six, a black cat tape measure my mom used to use when sewing, etc.

    Who are your heroes in real life?

    I think all of my heroes are fictional, except Cyndi Lauper :P

    Who do you consider to be a genius?

    Stephen Fry. Have you even seen Fry and Laurie?

    What is your greatest regret?

    Not traveling enough, at least one exboyfriend, and a whole kaleidoscope of problems in high school. Pretty much like everyone else I suspect.

    What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

    Being alone.

    Where would you like to live?

    Holland. A few years ago I thought Australia, until I realized they have spiders the size of small dogs that will chase you, and that 90% of all creatures there are specifically designed to kill you.

    What is your favorite song?

    Heart and Soul on the piano, like in Big :)

    What is your favorite occupation?

    As far as employment, I loved being a nurse but it was a tough job. My favourite job was when I worked in an ice cream stand on the beach, and I used to spend my days flirting with the life guards and watching the waves and the sunset behind the island.

    What is your most marked characteristic?

    I'm a bit goofy. Someone asked a question recently about strange characteristics, we just didn't know where to begin... or what was safe to mention, lol. I'm impulsive and I don't like being bored; if I can't sleep I get up and move furniture or paint or walk to the beach to watch the sunrise.

    What do you value most in your friends?

    Fierce loyalty, honesty, companionship... someone who will always be there thick and thin and you can be totally open with. Someone who sees everything that's wrong with you but loves you anyway.

    Who are your favorite writers?

    Jane Austen, Susanna Clarke, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Ursula LeGuin, John Steinbeck, Virginia Woolf, Simone de Beauvoir, Margaret Mitchell, Jasper Fforde... Dr Suess :)

    Who are your favorite painters and composers?

    I like Van Gogh and Degas, and William Hogarth. But I think I'm attracted to more of a style than a particular painter; I like things that concentrate or love, fables, gods etc. Composer... Joe Hisaishi and Yann Tiersen.

    Who are your heroines of world history?

    The unsung heroes. The wives, mothers, and daughters who bore a tough existence silently, and as Jane would say, with great fortitude.

    Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

    Superman. I thrill over the John Williams theme every time the movie starts!

    How would you like to die?

    Surrounded by people I love.

    What is your motto?

    I don't have a motto, or anything that springs to mind, except this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X853_g8oucg

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    It might not make sense to anyone, but it's a theme I live by.

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