Kim Nelson: How To Know A Person By Glimpsing Their Innermost Soul

A friend of mine recently shared an article about the question “What do you do?”, and how it can be a conversation killer because it forces us to define ourselves by our occupations. As someone who did not dream as a child of holding the career I currently have, but merely see it as a job that enables me to keep myself housed and fed while I can pursue the things I truly love, I couldn’t agree more. In fact, there are tons of much better, more defining criteria we can use to see what a person’s innermost soul actually looks like:

  • their customized ringtone

  • their chosen spirit animal

  • whether or not they find Benedict Cumberbatch attractive

  • if they’re one of those people who complain about the weather on Facebook

  • favorite condiment

  • which Spice Girl they identify with the most

  • how they really feel about cilantro

So the next time you find yourself at a social gathering making awkward conversation, don’t ask your conversation partner what they do. Try one of these questions instead, because no one wants to get stuck talking to a Posh Spice.

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