Technique 1.82 Word Completion Task

Introduction

This is using word completion as a measure of someone's personality.

This is linked with the illusion of asymmetric insight, ie the conviction that we know others better than we know ourselves

"...we think we can easily see into the hearts of others based on the flimsiest of clues. We jump at the chance to judge strangers..."

Malcolm Gladwell 2019

Activity

Fill in the 21 blank words as quickly as possible, ie the first word that comes into your mind

1. GL_ _
2. _ _ TER
3. S_ _RE
4. P_ _ N
5. TOU_ _
6. ATT_ _ _
7. BO_ _
8. FL_ _ T
9. SL_ T
10. STR_ _ _
11. GO_ _
12. CHE_ _
13. _ _ OR
14. SL_ _ _
15. SC_  _ _
16. _ _ NNER
17. B_ _ T
18. PO_ _ _
19. BA_ _
20. _ RA_
21. _ _ _ EAT

An example of one person's answers

1. glum
2. hater
3. scare
4. pain
5. touch
6. attack
7. bore
8. flout
9. slit
10. straits
11. gone
12. cheat
13. door
14. slack
15. scape
16. banner
17. boat
18. posts
19. trap
20. defeat

Comments

What do you think your choices say about you?

Some people say they are only words.

On the other hand, if you wrote 'tough' versus 'touch', does that mean you are a different type of person, ie person who wrote 'touch' maybe is more a people's person than the one who wrote 'tough'?

If you wrote 'book', does that mean you read a lot?

If you wrote 'beak', which may appear to be a random word, or it might mean that you are not very focused or nitpicking.

If you wrote 'whore', 'slut' and 'cheat', does that say something about your sexual relationships?

If you wrote 'winner', 'score', 'goal', does this indicate competitiveness?

(source: Malcolm Gladwell 2019)

 

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