[For entertainment purposes only! ]
I taught high school psychology for 11 years. Spending over a decade focusing on human behavior has a benefit: you become adept at assessing personality characteristics.
Since I started barefoot running, I’ve made some interesting observations. Essentially, almost all barefoot runners show some remarkably similar personality characteristics.
If you ARE a barefoot runner, or are CONSIDERING barefoot running, read through these observations. See how many fit. Let’s make a game out of this. For each “true” statement, give yourself 1 point. If it is false, give yourself 0 points. Each one is mostly true or mostly false. There is no middle; make a choice!
The Barefoot Runner: A Profile
- Barefoot runners tend to have a great deal of energy most of the time, but also seem to require times of complete rest. Depending on when you catch us, we either look like exercise fanatics or couch potatoes.
- We seem to crave the attention of an extrovert, but often become introverts in many unfamiliar social situation.
- We’re slightly distrustful of most authority figures.
- We are both self-confident and filled with painful self-doubt. We mix thinly-veiled bragging with bouts of questioning our own abilities. We come off as humble, but sometimes aloof.
- We have no problem with gender identity as it is often a subject of our humor.
- Same deal with bodily functions, including those of a sexual nature.
- Some of our goals are pretty unrealistic, but we secretly wish to pursue them. People around us, if they knew of the goals, would dismiss them as being unattainable or silly.We have a tendency to be critical of ourselves, though we don’t always express this.
- We are capable of profound wisdom, yet we often exhibit a juvenile sense of humor.
- Most of us have a hidden talent not too many people know about, and we could probably do great things with that talent. Fear keeps us from trying.
- We are pretty good at compensating for our weaknesses.
- We strive for security in our life.
- We tend to worry a lot, but we don’t show it.
- We sometimes question decisions we’ve made in the past.
- We don’t like when other people set limits on us and tend to rebel when it happens.
- We’re independent thinkers, which relates to the previous statement.
- We rarely reveal our true self to others mostly due to bad past experiences with one or a small number of individuals.
- We get bored easily.
- We tend to go through a lot of ups and downs, and it is a major cause of stress in our lives.
- We are very selective with whom we choose as close friends, but we have many acquaintances.
- We are very generous most of the time, but we have a selfish streak that appears once in awhile. This selfishness causes a lot of guilt.
Okay, add up your score. How many scored 15 or higher? If you are reading this, odds are you’re a barefoot runner OR aspiring barefoot runner. I would expect the vast majority of readers to get a high score.
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Thanks to Christian Peterson for reviewing the first and second editions of The Barefoot Running Book. The review can be found here: