This month we will be answering Hypotherical questions. What if I had won the lottery? what if I had 3 children instead of two? What if I had stayed in El Salvador? Are hypothetical questions useful? Why should we care about the things that could be, or could have been? The answers may not be real, but they can tell a lot about a person’s personality and emotions.
There are cultures where the concept of “What if?” or “what would it be like?” type of questions do not exist. They are consider a waste of time. Why ponder on things that are not real?
I called these questions, dreams! If I ponder on Hypothetical questions, they are usually fun and positive and the answers are also light hearted.
Remember these are questions for yourself- no one has to read them. I hope you discover something interesting about your mind, your emotions and your logic.
The theme for this month’s questions is ” My personality type”. I recently discovered that I am an Empath- According Dr. Judith Orloff from Phycologytoday.com – The trademark of an empath is feeling and absorbing other people’s emotions and, or, physical symptoms because of their high sensitivities. These people filter the world through their intuition and have a difficult time intellectualizing their feelings.
I found it this fascinating, I thought that the way I felt was the same as everyone else. But that was not the case. I recently read about the characteristics of an empath personality (a questionnaire)- found in Phycologytoday.com- to find out the level of my empathy. The results shocked me, but also made so much sense. I finally understood why my emotions were to the roof with the recent events going on around the world and around my city. My stress level and emotions were overwhelming and they paralyzed me. I didn’t have to watch the news to feel the overpowering fear and sadness that the world was experiencing. I often attributed all these strong emotions of fear and anxiety to my childhood experiences when I lived in El Salvador during the war. I am sure it is a combination of both, my personality and my experiences.
This month’s questions are a guided soul searching. A way for you to learn more about your personality type, what makes you, you. Why you are the way you are. A reflection on your feelings and even some behaviors. Sometimes we go about our day, living our lives not being aware of why we feel the way we feel or act the way we act.
Although these questions could be answered with a “yes” or “no” take the time to think deeper and explore your answers. Why did you answer “yes” or why was your answer “no”, why do you think you answer the way you did? what are the reasons for your answers? are you happy with your responses? did you realize you had that quality or that characteristic, that personality trait? dissect your responses and I hope you will learn something interesting and fascinating about yourself.
There are all types of tests out there you can take to find out more about your personality type. I will add some links below for you to explore. I hope you find them useful.
Are we halfway through 2020? unbelievable. I feel this is a good stopping point to re-evaluate my plans and my goals, not just for the rest of this year but for the next 5 years as well. All the questions for this month are based on me trying to focus on the future. Our family will be going through some changes and we need a plan, one that will help us have a vision of what our lives will be like in 5 years.
You can choose to answer them with a 1-year plan, a 3-year plan, or a 5-year plan. We are creative people, and creative people plan and if it makes sense to plan for the week, don’t you think we should plan for something a little bit bigger? Every successful business starts with a business plan, if we also want a successful life, we should have a life plan as well.
Download and print the questions. I use a bullet journal for this intentional writing exercise. One page per question. It is the first thing I do in the mornings while enjoying a cup of tea. Don’t forget there is a Spanish translation of the questions as well, thanks to my friend Paola Rosani. If anyone else would like to translate them in other languages I would be happy to share them here as well. I hope you find this project inspiring and useful. If you are following along, please share it with me so I can see your work. Use the hashtag #onequestionaday You might be inspiring some else out there.