20 Questions: My Responses to the Proust Questionnaire from Vanity Fair

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I was recently perusing the internet and stumbled upon Vanity Fair’s adaptation of the Proust Questionnaire.  For those of you who don’t know what the Proust Questionnaire is – like me 30 minutes ago – it is a series of questions developed by Marcel Proust which are designed to shed light into one’s personality.  An adapted version of this questionnaire is given by James Lipton on Inside the Actor’s Studio.  Vanity Fair has adapted this questionnaire too, giving it to stars and political figures alike.  Seriously, if you find yourself with an hour to kill – or 6 – read through some of the responses online, or better yet, get the book.  You immediately understand how insightful, and hilarious, this questionnaire can be.  Like Dolly Parton, for instance.  The historical figure she most identifies with?  “Snow White, because she slept with the seven dwarfs and got away with it.”  Classic.

So, after reading through a few of these, I wondered what my responses would be, and more importantly, what they would reveal about my personality.  You be the judge.  And, if you are feeling brave, Vanity Fair has an interactive 20 question version that matches you up with the famous responders you most resemble.  I’m not going to tell you who I got paired up with, but you can see my responses below!

What is your idea of perfect happiness?  Walking along the beach in Cozumel at sunset, holding my husband’s hand.

What is your greatest fear?  Not living up to expectations, my own included.

 Which historical figure do you most identify with?  Sacagawea.

 Which living person do you most admire?  My mom.

 What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?  Being too much of a people pleaser.

 What is the trait you most deplore in others?  Being passive-aggressive.

 What is your greatest extravagance?  Being lazy.

 On what occasion do you lie?  Only when absolutely necessary, and when trying to surprise  my husband with a gift.  (Sorry honey!)

What do you dislike most about your appearance?  Loose skin.

What is your favorite journey?  One that takes me home.

 What do you consider the most overrated virtue?  Self-denial.

 When and where were you happiest?  When I married my husband.

 If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be.  I would be free of anxiety.

If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?  We’d all handle stress better.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?  My marriage, losing 100 pounds, graduating law school and passing the bar on my first attempt.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?  I like being me.

What is your most treasured possession?  My engagement ring from my husband, which was his great-grandmother’s.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?  Shame.

Who are your heroes in real life?  Anyone who stands up to injustice.

What is it that you most dislike?  Playing games.

How would you like to die?  After a very long, very full, very happy life.

What is your motto?  “Strong & Savvy.”

And, some bonus responses from the full questionnaire…

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?  “No worries.”

What is your greatest regret?  Not studying abroad in college.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?  Easy – my husband.

Which talent would you most like to have?  Being artistic – drawing, painting, etc.

What is your current state of mind?  Content.

Where would you like to live?  In a cozy home filled with love and laughter, and a yard big enough for a fire pit and GG to run around in.

What do you most value in your friends?  That they can pick up where we left off.

Leave a comment with which luminaries you got paired up with and I just might be brave enough to share mine!

xoxo – SavvySleever


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