I fell into the same cultural mind trap that most people do when asked, “so, tell me a little about yourself.”
Not expecting the question, my brain went to the region that would provide the most comfortable answer. It went to that place that pulls out responses about employment and other attributes that make you appear “normal.”
It just goes to show you how the unconscious mind takes over in times when quick reactions are needed. It wasn’t a stressful situation but an interview with a stranger for a volunteer position to help the visually impaired is out of my comfort zone.
What’s really peculiar is that I have written about myself so often that when asked about myself I should have no problems throwing out answers. If I was really brilliant I would have just rehearsed my ‘About’ page from this blog because that’s who I really am…not some job I recently quit or the job I don’t have right now. I guess in certain situations I’m just looking to give people what I think they want to hear.