The Proust Questionnaire

David Bowie died. Like many, I am saddened and somewhat numb at the news.

A friend missed my 10th-grade birthday party to head to a Bowie concert and brought this back for me as a gift.

It definitely just became my favorite autograph.

In reading so much about Bowie today, I came across his answers to the Prout Questionnaire. If you’re familiar with Inside the Actor’s Studio, you’ll recognize these as the questions asked at the end.

It got me thinking how much fun it might be to answer the questionnaire ourselves. We see so many others answer it at the end of iconic interviews. Why not give it a go?

Here are my answers – feel free to share yours in the comments!

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Snuggling with my loved ones.

What is your most marked characteristic?

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Still being idealistic & optimistic despite illness, abuse, and more.

What is your greatest fear?

What historical figure do you most identify with?
Queen Elizabeth (see why here).

Which living person do you most admire?
My sister & my husband.

Who are your heroes in real life?
See aboveeeee.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
When I’m triggered, I get very argumentative.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
The downplaying & negating of experiences or hurt.

What is your favorite journey?
The journey we each take to find ourselves.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Hope (see why here).

Which word or phrases do you most overuse?

What is your greatest regret?
That I couldn’t help my mother even though I know I’m not at fault there.

What is your current state of mind?

If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
I’m related to some people I wouldn’t even want as friends.

What is your most treasured possession?
Aside from the Bowie autograph? A sticker from my Grandma Kay’s collection.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Alienating anyone who could help you and being on the verge of financial and mental collapse.

Where would you like to live?
Slightly off the beach in Oregon.

What is your favorite occupation?
Writer & health activist.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

What is the quality you most like in a woman?
The opposite of cattiness.

What are your favorite names?
Layla & Hermione.

What is your motto?

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  1. These are great! Here are a few of mine:

    What is your idea of perfect happiness?
    spending everyday outside in the sunshine with my family (and no whining!)

    What is your most marked characteristic?
    my amazing butt…j/k, probably my desire to help others

    What is your motto?
    Do much good and little harm.

  2. I love your answer to – What is the quality you most like in a woman?

    I am in the process of leaving my job, partly because women are not valued in the workplace, and partly because women in the workplace do not value other women in the workplace. My good friends have already left the company, and now other women are referring to them as the "mean girl clique". We need to BUILD EACH OTHER UP, not tear each other down!

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