Friday, May 9, 2008

Out of it.

Me with Tim Mason right after his very first Second City e.t.c. show. Which was hilarious. My sister and I will be pointing at furniture and simpering, "The creDEEEEEENNza!" all weekend long. (Lori made lots of fun of my big stupid grin in this photo, btw.)


It's been a weird week. 

Improvised at an undisclosed location Monday night. Can't talk about it. 

Corporate training at an undisclosed location Tuesday morning through Thursday afternoon. Can't really say much about that, either. 

The training was great—and a reminder that there's always plenty to learn about yourself. A friend in HR told me to revel in it—to take advantage of the fact that I was getting two and a half days of thinking-about-me time. I'm pretty introspective anyway (part of living alone, I think), but it left me with a lot to chew on.

I had my Myers-Briggs Type Indicator done—again—but with some breakdowns that explained a lot. I'm an E(xtravert), but just barely, and here's why: 
  • Initiating/Receiving: Prefer receiving (Introversion trait)—more reserved than outgoing, uncomfortable initiating social contacts, let others take the lead in introducing people to each other. 
  • Expressive: Off the charts E. First bullet: "Talk a lot!" Also: May sometimes wonder whether you've talked too much or said inappropriate or perhaps embarrassing things.
  • Gregarious: Not as far off the charts, but on the E side—"Want to be asked to participate in activities, even if you're not really interested in them." Disturbing, accurate and hilarious.
  • Active/Reflective: Between E and I—OK interacting or alone. 
  • Enthusiastic: Off the charts E. "Get bored without activity, so you make it happen and often engage others in the activity."
Learning about personality traits feels a lot like learning about improv styles to me—naming it helps you understand why you behave the way you do, but it's not always as easy to translate into change. It's easy to say, "That's who I am. That's how I roll," and leave it at that. 

I've heard students and performers claim they're powerless over their on-stage behavior—that they're just naturally undisciplined or can't help playing blue. My comfort zones these days are low-status, low-self-esteem characters (I've over-corrected from bossy and controlling) and whiny, conflict-y scenes. 

Hell, most of improv is playing against trained behavior, when you think about it.

Anyway, no real point here. My brain is still pretty fried. 



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