Who am I?
Why would such a neat person as I ever classify myself as a nerd/geek/dork/dweeb? Is it because of my history of social awkwardness? My inability to get asked out on dates or flirt with the opposite sex? My lack of "street smarts." My penchant for looking words up in the dictionary and analyzing what I read and listen to? Is it because my hobbies fall out of the norm and don't contain widespread appeal? In all reality it is probably all of the above.
I don't know why this has been on my mind lately. Maybe it has to do with the advent of the new school year and this being my 6th year in post high-school education. Perhaps it's my having so much less time to participate in my hobbies that makes me question why I'm doing the things I'm doing right now. Who knows and who cares? Nonetheless, I don't think my focus on my studies should automatically classify me as nerdy; nor should my obsession with certain things classify me as solely geeky.
How does one tell which category you, yourself, falls into?
According to the diagram above, I have given myself scores with vague explanations and generalizations.
- My social ineptitude would probably be 4/10 because, though born with 'handicaps' in this area, I've been actively working on it and forcing myself to improve for the past few years.
- My intelligence is definitely excellent in some areas, competent in most, and severely lacking in others (what is the make and model of my own car let alone yours?) I'll give it a 6/10, because I consider the knowledge I do have more important than what celebrity is marketing Taco Bell and if the starlets are wearing panties or not, etc.
- My obsessions don't border on extreme at all, especially compared to others I know, but I have more than some. I also have obsessive behaviors in how I work day to day and the methodical way in which I do things, but I wouldn't call it OCD, so a 5/10 would be appropriate.
Darn. I'm a little bit of everything, which would classify me as nerd. I'm OK with that. At least I'm relatively balanced, in my own view. I'm not primarily super smart and obsessed about any one thing. I'm also not totally obsessed with something and completely socially backward with no intelligence. Because I do have some obsessions, that rules out primarily dweeb. Nerd it is.
What are you?