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H_E app addendum [Feb. 17th, 2006|07:20 pm]
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Ravenclaw vs Hufflepuff... (as well as the other houses)

My job/work philosophy -which may as well be an outlook on my life as well- is more "Hufflepuff", I suppose. If I didn't have the job I have now (which I got from my Ravenclaw intellect and degree, and I keep with my Hufflepuff work-ethic), then I would work as anything - data entry, fastfood, whatever - just to work (to earn a living and not live off welfare/government). I suppose that is due to my upbringing - to which I add that I have high morals (is that Gryffindor-ish? though I think Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw could have high morals too). My goal in life - to be happy. Is that naive? Sure, money is nice (and since I have an above-average-salary job, I can afford certain things) but I live within my means - this is probably "Hufflepuff" too, although I don't really see Ravenclaws going into debt. I guess I use my Ravenclaw-ish mind to put things into motion, but then I use my Hufflepuff-ish attitude to work at it.

But... the thing with the definitions - separating into four houses - is like separating people by their zodiac/astrological birth signs. There aren't just 4 personality types, just like there aren't 12 personality types. I think Ravenclaws and Gryffindors (and even Slytherins if it suits them or accomplishes their goal) can be hard workers. I don't think Ravenclaws rely solely on their minds. I don't think only Hufflepuffs are loyal and good friends; I think Ravenclaws and Gryffindors (and again Slytherins if it doesn't conflict with their personal ambitions) can be loyal and good friends. Just like Ravenclaws aren't the only ones with "brains"; all the houses have "smart" people. It just differs on how they use their intellect (to their personal advantage - Slytherin; to the greater good - Gryffindor).

So... trying to separate...

Slytherin - ambitious. Am I ambitious? I don't think I am. Sure, I have goals (but... doesn't everyone?)
Do I play "dirty" in this "dirty" world? No - because I'm too "green"/naive due to a pretty sheltered upbringing (my upbringing was school/books/intellect). If I try to play "dirty", I don't play it very well.

Gryffindor - bold. I don't think I am. If anything, the only Gryffindor-ish quality I possess is being a "leader" whenever the need arises. At school, in class-assigned groups, I usually was. With my friends (maybe they're all just indecisive), I usually am. Is being decisive a Gryffindor quality? Then, that would be mine. I wasn't voted "leader" because I was popular - which I wasn't. I was chosen because I was capable.... and no one else wanted the responsibility. Gryffindors are also passionate - but I suppose since I look at all sides and usually am "neutral", I am not "passionate". Or perhaps, I haven't found a worthwhile cause in my eyes to be passionate about (as most causes have so much bureaucracy :p ).

Ravenclaw - intellect. I think, therefore I am. Must I go on?

Hufflepuff - loyal. I was to my first job/company (stayed their for more than five years), but since they didn't reward loyalty nor did they appreciate hard work, I quit and moved to my second job. Friend-wise, yes. Family-wise, naturally. Hard-working? That's a given.

Still, I see most Hufflepuff traits can be applied to Ravenclaw. Only difference is that Ravenclaws like to learn? But then, don't do Hufflepuffs?


[User Picture]From: cheshire23
2006-02-18 02:36 pm (UTC)

Hi again :)

I'll be honest - back when I wrote my application, I thought I was either a Ravenclaw or a Gryffindor, but neither one felt quite right.

As you can see, my voting was incredibly mixed, but Hufflepuff eventually pulled ahead. I was a bit puzzled by that at first, but now I can't imagine belonging to any other house. It fits me in ways that the two houses I once thought I probably belonged to never would have fit.

Something that annoys the heck out of me every time I see it in a sorting is what boils down to, "OMG Brainz! Ravenclaw!!!" One of my friends almost got Squibbed because of it - she's obviously very bright, selected Ravenclaw as the house she didn't want to be in, and a number of voters complained that it was the only place they could see her, and she obviously had a problem being there, so they weren't going to sort her anywhere. She squeaked by into Slytherin, and it really is where she belongs. I was chosen for an early-admission college program and started it when I was 13 - that doesn't make me a Ravenclaw, either (in fact, Ravenclaw isn't even my second house).

As for your application, from the sentence, "This community attracted me because it is organized, mature and respectful," I couldn't see you anywhere but Hufflepuff, though I feared you were going to get "OMG Brainz!"-ed into Ravenclaw. I don't sort based on abilities. I sort based on values.
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[User Picture]From: jadeites_lady
2006-02-18 04:23 pm (UTC)

Re: Hi again :)

I guess I see myself as either Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff, leaning towards Ravenclaw because of all the negative connotations associated with Hufflepuff. Although after reading the Hufflepuff essay written on the user-id of the Hufflepuff board, it made me think more... so then it wouldn't be disappointing to be in Hufflepuff.

My personality is... hmm... in the beginning, in unfamiliar territory - I can be quiet and shy. I look to see how other people act and interact, watch them - see if they're open to senses of humor or whatever - before I open up myself. Then, when I get to know them and they get to know me, they usually find me to be a ball of sunshine - hyper/happy/cheerful, whatever. I think that's how I tackled the application - like a test - bookish - quiet and shy. I didn't add jokes - I didn't want to "offend" people or make them think I was immature. Sure, that didn't work for some people (i.e. squibbers), but *shrug* I can't please everyone.
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[User Picture]From: jadeites_lady
2006-02-18 10:12 pm (UTC)

Re: Hi again :)

oh, and I wrote that sentence, "This community attracted me because it is organized, mature and respectful," because I work best when there is organization. Sure, I've been thrown into chaos before - and when I am thrown into chaos, I end up having to clean and organize it myself - but I work better when things are "structured". It is like the "challenges" (or I guess it would be homework assignments in H_E?); if you give me a "prompt", I can brainstorm off of it. If you tell me to pick something out of thin air (from my own mind), it's a bit harder - as my mind is constantly thinking and full of ideas (because then, I'd be forced to choose one).
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[User Picture]From: jadeites_lady
2006-02-18 10:01 pm (UTC)
Do we judge people by their families and the friends they keep? That would just make my "sorting" more difficult...

My family: I'd say my dad was Gryffindor, my sister is either Hufflepuff with Gryffindor tendencies or Gryffindor with Hufflepuff tendencies, and my mother is Hufflepuff with Ravenclaw tendencies.

My friends: I'd say my bestfriend is Ravenclaw, and the rest of my friends are Slytherin with or without Gryffindor tendencies.
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[User Picture]From: jadeites_lady
2006-02-19 12:18 am (UTC)
By my friends though, I'm not sure if I "attract" Slytherins because I pose no threat to them or because I'm Slytherin-ish myself. *shrug* I tend to believe the former....
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[User Picture]From: jadeites_lady
2006-02-20 06:03 am (UTC)
Okay - now I'm p*ssed. Sure, squib me if you want - that's your choice - but don't call me a liar. I answered the application truthfully; I didn't want to say what I do for a living or what my doctorate is in (because if you knew what my doctorate was in, you'd correctly guess my profession) - not because I'm not proud of my profession, but because I would like to keep at least something about me private. I've been hurt before by being "too open" and even if this is the internet and no one "knows" me in real life, I try to stay honest and much like the "real me" online. So, I'm cautious. But I'm definitely not a liar. If I wanted to lie, I would've made up all those top five positive and negative personality traits. Why would've I put all my "insecurities" up as my negative traits? That would've made no sense.
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