Get to Know… Christy!


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.


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.

32 thoughts on “Get to Know… Christy!

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  1. Hi Christy! *waves* Am a bit late but nice to meet you!

    I know what you mean about pens, it’s probably one of the reasons why I still stick to editing things out my hand; there’s just something about the right pen and writing with it that just makes things a lot easier, like you’re in complete control of the creative process 🙂

    I’m going to say that judging from your favourite character and some of your favourite quotes that Star Trek is one of your favourite shows? *high fives* I never got around to the original series *blushes* but I watched the other shows growing up (DS9 remains my favourite)

    1. Indeed, Star Trek is a great favorite and remains a major influence in my writing and, indeed, sort of in my way of thinking. I think Spock was the first fictional character I was more or less definitely in love with (at age 14). The Original Series is my favorite just by virtue of the strength of the three main characters and the whole vision of it. DS9 and Voyager come pretty close, though.

  2. A bit late to the party, but how nice to meet you Christy!

    Aren’t hedgehogs the cutest animals? It’s a pity you can’t cuddle them, but who wouldn’t want to when seeing their cute noses or their funny gait. I once took care of hedgehogs for a month, when volunteering at a wildlife rescue center. They were usually very grumpy, because it was winter season and in the wild they would be hibernating. But there was nothing as cute as weighing them and seeing their little faces come out of the weighing scales all confused and curious.

        1. That hedgehog scene WRECKED me. This is exactly why I don’t watch animal movies. But when they sneak animal scenes into other types of movies, what can you do??

          1. You know what I loved?

            Before the movie came out, everyone was all “RADAGAST AND BUNNIES? WHAT THE $#@? THAT IS GOING TO BE SO STUPID!”

            And once the movie was out, everyone said, “THAT WAS THE AWESOMEST THING EVER! I LOVE HIS SLED AND BUNNIES!”

            … I want more Sebastian, and bunnies, and Radagast in the next two movies. Just sayin’.

          2. Exactly! You’re not safe ANYWHERE! You can avoid animal movies, but animals still sneak up on you in other things. I’ve gotten really sick of horses being shot in westerns of late, but I guess it’s my fault for watching westerns in the first place. =P

  3. Hey Christy! Lovely to read your interview, and I just *had* to ask if you had ever seen or had any opinion of LOST. My family and I first saw Michael Emerson here and absolutely loved the complex, intelligent, and quick character that really knows how to influence everybody. I think if you liked Finch you’d really enjoy this guy as well.

    Loved your description of an “internal” INTJ mind, and “external” INTP or INTJ flip flop habits. Exactly the sentiments I’ve been trying to put into words on my test results. Always reminds me of this pin…

    So neat to learn a little bit more about you!

    Ruby Danderfluff

    1. I love it! That picture is so hilarious!
      Oh, dear me, how dearly do I love Lost, and how dearly do I love Ben Linus. I watched it all for the first time last spring because Michael Emerson was on it, and now I’m almost done with my second watching. It is a testament to Michael Emerson’s acting and his own rather adorableness coming through the character, because I don’t usually like bad guys.

  4. Hi Christy!

    “Half Spock, half of Anne of Green Gables….” hahaha. A while ago when a friend and I got into Star Trek, I spent a lot of time taking those “What Star Trek character are YOU?” quizzes (what is it about those that’s so addicting??) and got Spock repeatedly 😛 . I of course was in denial about being so dour and serious–until it occurred to me this might be more of a reflection of my internal thought processes than outer demeanor!

    I know what you mean about favorite pens, this is why my Mom finally got me a package of cheapy disposable type pens, and told me to lend those out to people I didn’t know! I remember at one point, (before it broke * sniffle *) I even had a special ball point pen I used just for writing in my journal. (Then others for writing stories–I even caught myself unwittingly favoring certain pens for certain stories….)

    Yay Person of Interest! My family and I watched it all within a week or so, and can hardly wait till the next season! I hadn’t heard of that many people watching it though, despite all the big names attached!

    1. Quite a number of my friends love POI. That’s why I started watching it, because one friend kept dropping delicious fanfictions about it on me and telling me how much I would like Finch. She was terribly wrong. I don’t like Finch. I adore him.

      1. Haha–my Mom and I were joking about Finch and his many aliases, Wren, Crow etc; She said she thought if fit him, as he seems rather bird-like in manner too.

        Oh–fanfic! Can you pass on the link? (Unless it’s screened/private in which case I understand!)

  5. You sound a lot like me. I couldn’t agree more with you on the “things I would never get tired of talking about”. I think I drive some people a little mad sometimes, because they’ll say some innocent little comment on one of those subjects, and I’ll instantly get into a huge conversation about everything related to it… XP
    Thank you for sharing a bit about yourself; It’s very nice to meet you.

  6. Hey, there, Christy.

    Sherlock = total brilliance. You are SO right.

    Who can go wrong with a Dickens quote? Love that.

    POI is possibly one of the BEST television dramas on right now. It’s intelligent and “unique.”

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