The Proust Questionnaire supposedly tells a lot about one’s personality. Its name and modern popularity as a form of interview is owed to the responses given by French writer Marcel Proust (pictured above). My affinity for Proust Questionnaires is owed to Nigerian media entrepreneur Chude Jideonwo. Here are my answers:
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Laughing without control with someone you love without restraint
What is your greatest fear?
That I will live up to the expectations of others and in the end, displease God and myself
What historical figure do you most identify with?
David from the Bible
Which living person do you most admire?
Any cheerful, bountiful giver gets my admiration. The world needs more of them.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
What trait do you most deplore in others?
What is your greatest extravagance?
Watches, shoes, food
On what occasion do you lie?
When the truth with hurt the hearer
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
What is your favorite journey?
In a comfy seat: in a car, plane, boat or train – chatting, admiring the landscape and then sleeping. (Can you tell I love journeys?)
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Respect for others – in the Nigerian sense of the phrase
Which living person do you most despise?
Ha! That would be telling.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
‘Do you get’, ‘As in’, ‘I was just like…’
What is your greatest regret?
I have no ‘great regrets’
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
When and where were you happiest?
I’m happy whenever I’m laughing – that deep, true laugh that comes from hearing a great joke. Where? I was very happy during my 2 years at St Johns College, Johannesburg.
Which talent would you most like to have?
20/20 vision, figuratively.
What is your current state of mind?
Probing, as always
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My cold façade
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what would it be?
If you could choose what or who to come back as, what would it be?
Myself, with straight, white teeth
What do your consider your greatest achievement?
Being able to turn my life around after a loss I suffered in 2006.
What is your most treasured possession?
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Knowing you once lost out on a great opportunity and having that fact stare you in the face every day.
What is your most marked characteristic?
What is the quality you most like in a man?
What is the quality you most admire in a woman?
What do you most value in your friends?
Humour, Intelligence, Space
Who are your favourite writers?
Enid Blyton, Chinua Achebe, Khaled Hosseini
Who is your favourite hero of fiction?
Currently it’s Hassan (The Kite Runner)
Who are your heroes in real life?
What are your favourite names?
Denise, Blaise and names with French origin
What is it that you most dislike?
Repetitive noises (sniffing, snorting, tapping a finger, calling a name – over and over again)
How would you like to die?
Peacefully – in mind and body
What is your motto?
Find what makes your heart beat faster and chase after with all you’ve got…