Gifted Island Challenge 2: Getting to know myself with a little help from my friends – The results are in!

Sprite’s second challenge on Survivor: Gifted Island
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/07/16/gifted-island-challenge-2-getting-to-know-myself-with-a-little-help-from-my-friends/was based on Johari’s Window and was designed to help understand what we know about ourselves and how we relate to others.

For this exercise Sprite had to write 5 questions about herself and ask other people to answer them. For some of the questions she would know the answer already but the answers would show whether others perceived her the way she sees herself. For other questions she would not know the answer and the replies could help her see possibilities and fill in the unknown to self areas. As Sprite’s creator I had already chosen for her to know some of the answers and not others and I was also hoping that the readers of Sprite’s Site blog would understand Sprite in the way I intended.

These were the questions

  1. What is my favourite colour?
  2. What subjects interest me most?
  3. Do you think I am an introvert or an extravert?
  4. What do you consider are my main personality traits?
  5. What career can you imagine me following?

I was really delighted with the replies as the majority matched very closely to the character I hoped I was portraying.

There were 8 respondents to the questionnaire.

Question 1 What is my favourite colour?
This was a question for which I intended Sprite’s answer to be Blue
5 responded Blue shades 2 responded purple shades with excellent reasons, 1 did not know and 1 did not know but guessed red
Shades of blue would be in the A section and shades of purple would be something she had discovered from the feedback and could add to the B section

Question 2 What subjects interest me most?
I intended Sprite’s answer to be animals, science, researching and music.
These interests were all recognized by some of the respondents and could be included in the A section.
The feedback from others would add issues related to giftedness and 2E issues, homeschooling, art, history and mysteries to the B section.

She has mentioned in the past her passion for astronomy so she could reveal that in Section C to increase others knowledge of her

Question 3 Do you think I am an introvert or an extravert?
I intend to depict Sprite as an introvert and so was happy that 5 of the respondents chose Introvert. 2 said she was an extravert – one of them based on her interactions with other characters on the blog. When I pointed out that several of those characters are soft toys or imaginary friends, we had a very interesting discussion about what things were real to which characters.
The characteristics I had included which I hoped pointed towards Sprite being an Introvert is that she is socially awkward with same age peers and likes to spend a lot of time by herself or with animal and soft toy friends pursuing her own interests. One respondent noted that she almost never speaks directly to the audience.
It is interesting that some Introverts can put on a mask of Extraversion when engaged in interesting conversation with true intellectual peers or in order to give a performance or presentation. Maybe Sprite can manage this occasionally – enough to influence a couple of the respondents.

Question 4 What do you consider are my main personality traits?
I did not intend Sprite to be aware of her personality traits. The traits I hope to have given her are being imaginative, creative, disorganized, inquisitive, intelligent, highly sensitive and emotional. The respondents seem to have noticed these qualities and they can be added to her B section.

Question 5 What career can you imagine me following?
I intended this question to represent Section D – something which neither Sprite nor anyone else knows yet. But I loved the suggestions which the respondents offered to this question! Several picked up on her concern for animals and environmental issues and her sense of justice and suggested careers which involved these passions.

Thank you very much to all respondents for helping Sprite on her path of self discovery !

Gifted Island Challenge 2: Getting to know myself with a little help from my friends

Sprite’s second challenge on Survivor:  Gifted Island was based on Johari’s Window and was designed to help understand what we know about ourselves and how we relate to others.

Luft and Ingham (1955), recognizing that all of us have “blind spots” when it comes to how we see ourselves, developed a simple matrix which they called Johari’s Window as a tool to help people understand themselves, their blind spots, and their relationships with others. To use Johari’s window, a person is given a list of 55 adjectives and instructed to select five or six that describe his or her own personality. Peers of that person are then given the same list, and they each choose five or six adjectives that describe the subject. These adjectives are then put in the appropriate “window” below. The person discovers which of the adjectives match what others have listed, as well as which adjectives they listed that others did not. The results can be extremely helpful in gaining self-understanding, including how one is seen by others.

For this exercise Sprite had to write 5 questions about herself and ask other people to answer them. For some of the questions she would know the answer already but the answers would show whether others perceived her the way she sees herself. For other questions she would not know the answer and the replies could help her see possibilities and fill in the unknown to self areas.

Please can you help Sprite by answering these questions for her in the comments box or via Twitter or Facebook?

  1. What is my favourite colour?
  2. What subjects interest me most?
  3. Do you think I am an introvert or an extravert?
  4. What do you consider are my main personality traits?
  5. What career can you imagine me following?

This is an interest project for me also.
As Sprite’s creator I have already determined the answer to some of these questions but others are open to speculation.
It would be very interesting to me to see whether other people perceive Sprite in the same way as I am trying to portray her. I will let you know the results.
I enjoy reading a blog called ‘The blog that helps you diagnose your characters’ http://theforsakenpetal.blogspot.com/
It really makes me think about the way my characters are depicted and whether they are understood the way I intended them to be.
It brings to mind the song

If you knew Susie like I know Susie
Oh, oh, oh what a gal!

So – do you know Sprite like I know Sprite?

  

Gifted Island Challenge for Reward 1: Personalise your tent

The first challenge which led to a reward on Survivor – Gifted Island also acted as an ice breaker getting to know you exercise and also a creative way of marking the starting point of the experience in a KWL manner.

K = KNOW – What I already know about the topic

W= WANT – What I what to learn about the topic

L= LEARNED – What I have learned about the topic that I did not know before – This is be done at the end of the exercise

We were all told to decorate our tents with a Coat of Arms.

This helped us to locate our own tent and showed some of our interests and aspirations which could provide conversation starters and assist in locating like minded people.

The exercise is found in an article by Dr James Webb ‘Dabrowski’s Theory and Existential Depression in Gifted Children and Adults’ which can be found online in the Davidson Institute for Talent Development collection of articles at
http://www.davidsongifted.org/db/Articles_id_10554.aspx

The instructions for personalising the Coat of Arms were:

  • First, title your shield by putting your name on the top.
  • In each section of your shield, put the following:
    • Choose one word that describes you, and draw a picture that represents that word in one panel of the shield.
    • Draw a symbol to represent the social or political cause that you have done the most for in your lifetime.
    • List two things that you have been struggling to become better at, and write them in one panel of the shield.
    • Draw a picture or note a major fantasy of what you yearn to do or would do if you had no restrictions.
    • Select three words that you would like people to use to describe you, and write or symbolize them in one panel of the shield.
    • Draw something to represent what caused the greatest change in your way of living.
    • Draw or symbolize the most important person in your life.

Now consider how central this coat of arms is in your daily life. Do you use your coat of arms only to protect you, or does it also represent something that you aspire to?

This is how my decorated tent appeared.

The other exercise was also from the same source and was called Johari’s Window
to help us understand what we know about ourselves and how we relate to others.

Luft and Ingham (1955), recognizing that all of us have “blind spots” when it comes to how we see ourselves, developed a simple matrix which they called Johari’s Window as a tool to help people understand themselves, their blind spots, and their relationships with others. To use Johari’s window, a person is given a list of 55 adjectives and instructed to select five or six that describe his or her own personality. Peers of that person are then given the same list, and they each choose five or six adjectives that describe the subject. These adjectives are then put in the appropriate “window” below. The person discovers which of the adjectives match what others have listed, as well as which adjectives they listed that others did not. The results can be extremely helpful in gaining self-understanding, including how one is seen by others.

I remember enjoying doing these exercises with Anne Jackson when she held a camp for families of gifted children at Wombat Corner in Emerald several years ago.