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10:50 am - Mad Men Women
From pennski who has Bette Davis eyes. Internet quiz - two questions, interesting answers.

Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz...

You Are a Marilyn!


I wish.

This is what it says in detail. I think there are some statements like 'You are either very conformist, or rebelllious, or somewhere in between' which boil down to nothing. Others I think are quite acute. I think my anxious and hyper-vigilant characteristics come from having a parent with neural damage, who was both vulnerable and unpredictable.

Marilyns are responsible, trustworthy, and value loyalty to family, friends, groups, and causes. Their personalities range broadly from reserved and timid to outspoken and confrontative.

How to Get Along with Me

* * Be direct and clear
* * Listen to me carefully
* * Don't judge me for my anxiety
* * Work things through with me
* * Reassure me that everything is OK between us
* * Laugh and make jokes with me
* * Gently push me toward new experiences
* * Try not to overreact to my overreacting.

What I Like About Being a Marilyn

* * being committed and faithful to family and friends
* * being responsible and hardworking
* * being compassionate toward others
* * having intellect and wit
* * being a nonconformist
* * confronting danger bravely
* * being direct and assertive

What's Hard About Being a Marilyn

* * the constant push and pull involved in trying to make up my mind
* * procrastinating because of fear of failure; having little confidence in myself
* * fearing being abandoned or taken advantage of
* * exhausting myself by worrying and scanning for danger
* * wishing I had a rule book at work so I could do everything right
* * being too critical of myself when I haven't lived up to my expectations

Marilyns as Children Often

* * are friendly, likable, and dependable, and/or sarcastic, bossy, and stubborn
* * are anxious and hypervigilant; anticipate danger
* * form a team of "us against them" with a best friend or parent
* * look to groups or authorities to protect them and/or question authority and rebel
* * are neglected or abused, come from unpredictable or alcoholic families, and/or take on the fearfulness of an overly anxious parent

Marilyns as Parents

* * are often loving, nurturing, and have a strong sense of duty
* * are sometimes reluctant to give their children independence
* * worry more than most that their children will get hurt
* * sometimes have trouble saying no and setting boundaries

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Date:December 15th, 2008 11:04 am (UTC)
Ingrid Bergman
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Date:December 15th, 2008 11:39 am (UTC)
Cool, enigmatic, controlled etc? Wears lovely clothes too.
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Date:December 15th, 2008 11:44 am (UTC)
You are an Ingrid -- "I am unique"

Ingrids have sensitive feelings and are warm and perceptive.

How to Get Along with Me
* * Give me plenty of compliments. They mean a lot to me.
* * Be a supportive friend or partner. Help me to learn to love and value myself.
* * Respect me for my special gifts of intuition and vision.
* * Though I don't always want to be cheered up when I'm feeling melancholy, I sometimes like to have someone lighten me up a little.
* * Don't tell me I'm too sensitive or that I'm overreacting!

What I Like About Being an Ingrid
* * my ability to find meaning in life and to experience feeling at a deep level
* * my ability to establish warm connections with people
* * admiring what is noble, truthful, and beautiful in life
* * my creativity, intuition, and sense of humor
* * being unique and being seen as unique by others
* * having aesthetic sensibilities
* * being able to easily pick up the feelings of people around me

What's Hard About Being an Ingrid
* * experiencing dark moods of emptiness and despair
* * feelings of self-hatred and shame; believing I don't deserve to be loved
* * feeling guilty when I disappoint people
* * feeling hurt or attacked when someone misundertands me
* * expecting too much from myself and life
* * fearing being abandoned
* * obsessing over resentments
* * longing for what I don't have

Ingrids as Children Often
* * have active imaginations: play creatively alone or organize playmates in original games
* * are very sensitive
* * feel that they don't fit in
* * believe they are missing something that other people have
* * attach themselves to idealized teachers, heroes, artists, etc.
* * become antiauthoritarian or rebellious when criticized or not understood
* * feel lonely or abandoned (perhaps as a result of a death or their parents' divorce)

Ingrids as Parents
* * help their children become who they really are
* * support their children's creativity and originality
* * are good at helping their children get in touch with their feelings
* * are sometimes overly critical or overly protective
* * are usually very good with children if not too self-absorbed

I'm sure I've done a different quiz with the same initial questions. Can't remember the theme though.
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Date:December 15th, 2008 11:56 am (UTC)
She was an interesting woman. I just read the Wikipedia entry

'She was denounced on the floor of the U.S. Senate by Edwin C. Johnson, a Democratic senator from Colorado, who referred to her as "a horrible example of womanhood and a powerful influence for evil." In addition, there was a floor vote, which resulted in her being made persona non grata.'

This because she had committed adultery, which no US senator has ever done. No wonder they were scandalised, poor lambs.
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Date:December 15th, 2008 11:15 am (UTC)
Oh... that was disappointing! I wanted to find out if I was Peggy or Joan, or Midge or Betty or... probably one of the mousy secretaries in glasses, actually. Or Joan's flatmate.
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Date:December 15th, 2008 11:37 am (UTC)
Yes, that would be good. I haven't been watching Series 2 because I didn't notice it had started until half way through. There was no publicity on BBC 4.
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Date:December 15th, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
They've started the second season? When? I assumed it would follow the first season reruns - we're only two-thirds through those.
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Date:December 15th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
Ah, perhaps that's all it is, good
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Date:December 15th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
I'm on first season re-runs for the first time, if you see what I mean.
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Date:December 15th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
Yes, some of those completely contradict others. Others do sound a bit like you.

I think my anxious and hyper-vigilant characteristics come from having a parent with neural damage, who was both vulnerable and unpredictable.

That's understandable. I had a friend whose parents were refugees and she was never allowed to stay at a friend's house, and she had to go straight home after lectures. They were so controlling though, they wouldn't let her cut her hair short--and this was at uni.

Holocaust survivors also make parents who suspect the worst and fear constantly for their children (Did the plane crash? You didn't write today; are you dead at the bottom of a cliff?) That last one's from my mother, who wasn't one, but I think that whole thing is very Jewish anyway, possibly a response to history in general. I grew up in a fairly secure environment (except for a father who made Avon look approachable) but I make Greg text or ring me when he lands so I know he got there safely. I think I remember you saying you hate to fly. I'll fly, but always aware of the dangers (and the high probability that everything will be just fine) but I also get nervous about driving distances too because of loony drivers. I think it's not having control; there's nothing I can do to save myself if a plane crashes, or if an idiot comes round the corner on the wrong side of the road.

That said, I'm an Ingrid. Which is just dead cool. :-D
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Date:December 15th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
I'm also beginning to think that this is an adapted Enneagram test. The Ingrid result looks very 4, and yours seems to be 6 from what I remember. I'm not very up on the Enneagram, and don't like it much. I usually come out as a mix of 4, 5, and 7, and don't have the tendency to dark moods that most 4 seems to take pleasure in wallowing in. I prefer MBTI.
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Date:December 15th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
I bet you are right about this. I don't get on with the Enneagram either, and I can't remember where I fit into it.

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