So there is this thing called the Proust Questionnaire. Apparently it’s an old parlour game that is a questionnaire about your personality. It takes its name from the answers given by French writer Marcel Proust when he played the game back in 1890.
In the modern day Vanity Fair regularly asks the Proust Questionnaire of the rich and famous here’s what Amy Poehler said when they asked.
So since it’s unlikely Vanity Fair is going to call for my responses I’ve published them myself here on good old Shambolic Living.
1.What is your idea of perfect happiness? No money worries, healthy and happy family and friends.
2.What is your greatest fear? Something happening to my children.
3.What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Lack of self-confidence.
4.What is the trait you most deplore in others? Arrogance.
5.Which living person do you most admire? My mum.
6.What is your greatest extravagance? Books.
7.What is your current state of mind? A complex mess of sadness and hope.
8.What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Frugality.
9.On what occasion do you lie? To protect others feelings.
10.What do you most dislike about your appearance? The 20 kilos of extra weight I’m currently carrying.
11.Which living person do you most despise? Whoever the hell is in charge of ISIS.
12.What is the quality you most like in a man? Humour.
13.What is the quality you most like in a woman? Strength.
14.Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “I’m sorry” – I really have to stop apologising for things that aren’t my fault!
15.What or who is the greatest love of your life? Well there’s the dead guy, and my daughters.
16.When and where were you happiest? Watching my young children play in the backyard in Brisbane, making mud pies, having water fights, dressing the dogs up like dolls and wheeling them around in the toy pram.
17.Which talent would you most like to have? To be able to sing.
18.If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Right now it is my weight, I want to be svelte people, SVELTE.
19.What do you consider your greatest achievement? Raising kids who haven’t turned out to be serial killers or psychopaths, although I suppose there’s still time for it to turn to crap.
20.If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? A rich bloke.
21.Where would you most like to live? In a house with no more work to do on it.
22.What is your most treasured possession? Our photographs.
23.What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Being trapped in unsatisfactory circumstances because you need the money.
24.What is your favourite occupation? Writer
25.What is your most marked characteristic? Unrealistically optimistic.
26.What do you most value in your friends? Loyalty.
27.Who are your favourite writers? Tim Winton, Patricia Cornwell, PD James.
28.Who is your hero of fiction? Hermoine from Harry Potter, nerdy but kick-arse, those boys were NOTHING without her.
29.Which historical figure do you most identify with? Umm, turns out I’m not very good at history. I can’t think of anyone. I’ve googled “historical figures”, “historical figures australia”, “historical figures australia women” and then in utter desperation “tired, angry mothers from history” which just got me a lot of articles on hypothyroidism, depression, and advice from some tiny buddha about letting go of your past to create a new future. YEAH RIGHT. Oh and I learnt Rosa Parks wanted people to know it wasn’t because she was tired she wouldn’t give up her seat on the bus, she was ANGRY, that’s why she wouldn’t stand. But I still don’t have an historical figure to identify with. Anyone got any suggestions?
30.Who are your heroes in real life? Another hard one, can I just say my heroes are anyone who can overcome challenges and tragedy and keep going.
31.What are your favourite names? I used them up on the kids. But anything that’s a bit unusual without being too “out there”.
32.What is it that you most dislike? The smell of tuna.
33.What is your greatest regret? Allowing life to get in the way of fun while Simon was alive.
34.How would you like to die? In my sleep without warning. I just have to remember to get my life organised so an unexpected departure won’t leave the girls with too much work to do, yes I will throw out all my magazines and clean out the study and garage!
35.What is your motto? You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
So there it is my personality on the page … not sure exactly what I’ve revealed … but let me know if you give the questionnaire a go … and if you have a blog share the link in the comments so I can visit.