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Name: Christy Dawn McDougall

Personality Type:

I test as INTJ most of the time, but most of the time in practice I find myself going back and forth between INFJ and INTP. I think I deal with my internal world as an INFJ and with the external world as an INTP. My sister once called me half Spock, half Anne of Green Gables, and I’ve never heard a more accurate description.

What do you love most about yourself?

My intelligence and creativity. I’m a writer, a programmer, a student of theology, psychology, and languages, and I love my academic, intellectual, analytical side and the part of my brain that produces fiction as a matter of course.

What would you most like to change about yourself?

I tend to be very critical/judgmental. I wouldn’t want to eliminate it entirely, as it’s part of my analytical side, which I love, but I’d like to remove the judgmental edge to it.

Favorite Fictional Character & why:

It’s illogical to only be allowed one.

Life With Spock

I adore Spock. Though I have quite a few favorite characters who are all dear to me for entirely different reasons, I always fall back on Spock when I have to pick just one. I love his intellect, his restraint/repression, his elegant ears and eyebrows. I love all the places where he’s wrong and broken.

Name one possession that you absolutely love:

My pens. I write books (none published yet but soon, I hope), which I prefer to write out by hand first, because my creativity works better through a pen than through typing, and there is one particular kind of pen that I like to use. As Anne Shirley said, if you don’t have the right kind of pen, you just can’t write properly. If someone asks to borrow one, like the random person sitting next to me in church who doesn’t have a pen to write out a check for the offering, I always feel a bit the way I’d feel if the person asked to borrow my laptop or other personal, valuable item real quick. I always want to say, “Excuse me, this is a private possession which I use in the working out of the gifts God gave me, and many stores have stopped carrying them, so I’d rather not just hand it over to a stranger, or even a close friend. Thank you.” But I don’t, because I’m pathologically polite, and then I sit in agony while the person uses it. Yes, I’m just a little obsessive about my pens.

If you could meet one person, living or dead, who would it be and why?

Michael Emerson. Because there are very few celebrities or historical figures whom I could meet without feeling like a complete idiot fangirl, and I don’t see any point in meeting someone once just because they’re famous or because I have that one question I want to ask them. (Much as I adore the Apostle Paul’s writings, I think he would scare me in real life; much as I admire Francis of Assisi, I think I would act like a dumb fish in his presence; Anne Brontë and I could be friends, but I think we’d both be too quiet and never talk.)

There are relatively few of such people whom I consider my life to be just slightly less rich for never having known. Michael Emerson is one of them. He seems like my kind of person, and he loves Dickens. (Most of the rest of them are fictional characters.)

Tell us three of your “guilty pleasures”:

I don’t think of them as guilty pleasures, because if they were bad for me and my physical or spiritual development, I would feel morally obligated not to indulge in them. But:

  1. Fan fiction
  2. Reality television
  3. Stupid online personality tests of the “What kind of ice cream are you?” variety.

Name one thing (book, song, movie, item) you wish you had thought up first:

My friend Joy. Once I told her I felt as though I had invented her (as one of my characters), a sentiment she seemed to enjoy.

Share several of your favorite quotes with us:

“Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

“Everything’s impossible until it’s not!” Jean-Luc Picard

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” Joseph Campbell

“There’s coffee in that nebula!” Kathryn Janeway

“Dead, your Majesty. Dead, my lords and gentlemen. Dead, Right Reverends and Wrong Reverends of every order. Dead, men and women, born with Heavenly compassion in your hearts. And dying thus around us every day.” Charles Dickens: Bleak House

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.” Charles Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities

Everything G.K. Chesterton and C.S. Lewis ever wrote.

What memory is the most special to you and why?

One memory? Impossible! I have many very, very special memories. Here’s one:

Once I was staying at the house of some friends. The youngest in the family was a girl about six years younger than I, making her about 20 at the time, I think. We were mildly friends (I was closer to her older siblings) until we all went to a birthday party at a coffee shop together, and somehow she and I started talking about personality styles and differences, and we didn’t stop until early in the morning. By that time we had come around to an analysis of why she and her dad had personality conflicts, and because I had studied personality and psychology and have a naturally analytic bent, and because I knew both her and her father very well, I was able to, in essence, diagnose the problem and come up with solutions that I helped her act upon. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.

Who is your favorite actor / actress? What was the first film you saw them in?

My favorite actor tends to change based on what I’m watching at the moment. They’re usually intelligent, thoughtful actors who make each role completely different than the last.

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So, at this very moment in time, Michael Emerson (first watched on “Person of Interest”) and Tom Hiddleston (first watched on “War Horse”). Also Benedict Cumberbatch (first watched on “The Last Enemy”).

“I would never get tired of talking about…”?

My books, theology, and psychology.

If you could own any animal as a pet, what would it be?

I don’t really want any pets, but I tend to identify with cats, and I love hedgehogs.

One miniseries or television show everyone needs to try out at least once:

The 9-hour 1982 Royal Shakespeare Company play version of Nicholas Nickleby filmed as a miniseries, in which 42 actors play 250 characters. It is the single most creative piece of drama I think I have ever seen.

Or else Sherlock, the BBC’s modern-day take on Sherlock Holmes. Sheer brilliance.