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    Default I have a theory, could be a giggle, please help

    As I don't want to introduce bias, all I'm asking for is 5 things you love, enjoy, get pleasure from and 5 things that irritate you or disturb your equilibrium.
    I will explain when the thread runs it course.

    Mine are:
    Waking to sunshine and no plans or to do list. A beautiful pure, pristine day in every sense
    Cool, Fresh, high thread count bed linen
    Quiet
    The promise of the first page of a new book
    Shoes, the higher, sillier and more decorative the better


    Loud noises
    Mr Ali's driving, he's a risk taking, speed freak
    Having my free time organized for me
    Sand
    Manipulators

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    OOOOOh! how fun! my turn:

    Finally getting a break
    A booked, paid for holiday
    Hearing my family laughing and enjoying time together
    Satisfaction from my new job
    Perfume shopping (sampling) in Seattle or London

    Vulnerable members of society suffering or needing help
    Gossip
    Bug infestation
    Lying politicians
    Deliberate misrepresentation.

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    Ok here goes:

    Five good things:
    Lying in bed during a rainstorm
    Lying outdoors under the stars, or under the sun watching clouds, with no particular place to go.
    Train journeys, watching the world go by the window; and going to new places in general
    The sounds of nature: wind whispering, birds singing, water trickling, etc.)
    Falling into a good book and not coming up for air until I'm ready

    Five bad things:
    Loud clanking noises, or street construction noises
    Being interrupted when I'm absorbed in something/being pestered
    Public speaking (having to do it)
    Aggressiveness
    Being pushed or rushed

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    OK, I'm game. I enjoy -

    Sunday mornings
    Watching the wildlife that visits my back garden and taking care of it
    My husband’s sense of humour
    Music
    Snow, provided I don’t have to travel anywhere

    Irritations -

    Also noise, particularly construction noise. My workplace is a building site at the moment and it’s driving me insane
    Queuing
    Selfish, inconsiderate people
    Insomnia
    Late night phone calls. Actually, phone calls full stop.

    I'm intrigued to know what this is about. You're not going to tell me that my answers reveal I'm a psycho are you?

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    Don't worry nothing to do with being nuts Devilcat

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    Default Re: I have a theory, could be a giggle, please help

    Love:
    Watching hummingbirds in the garden
    Drives to nowhere
    Finding good books and audiobooks at the Library
    Shoes that actually fit me
    Having the cat curled up near me and giving chin scratches


    Irritating:
    Leaf blowers and so-called gardeners who only know how to trim back a plant with electric hedge clippers
    People who would rather text and tweet and whatnot instead of interacting with the real people around them
    Dealing with people who must have rigid schedules
    People who can't be bothered to throw empty bottles and cans in the recycling bin
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    Delights:
    •unplanned day off and it's upper 70s and sunny
    •riding my bicycle in the city, soaking up urban history, with a stop at an ice cream truck if I'm lucky
    •live jazz
    •an afternoon nap
    •getting an I love you text from my kids

    Irritations:
    •drivers who disrespect pedestrians and cyclist (worst habit: rolling "stops" at stop signs where rather than stopping at the thick line in front of the crosswalk they just barge in. As a cyclist and a pedestrian these people scare me! Especially if they are yackin in a phone)
    •the fact that Adam Sandler movies even exist
    •mothball smell
    •old hamburger grease smell combined with old ashtray smell (my ex-mother-inlaw's house, to which I would add the boozy note)
    •people with insufficient social boundaries

    Interesting how quite a few of us are delighted in our solitude and so irritated by other people? It may just be what happens when making a list of this sort.

    And no smells made my favorite things, yet two under irritating.

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    lilybelle, yes, trains! I Amtrak it from CLE to NYC. I love the stories the scenery tells me, and when I'm travelling alone, the camaraderie with whomever chance sends me as a seat-mate. I've say next to a woman who was the first female violinist hired by the Cleveland Orchestra, a retired steelworker, and—on a return trip—a teenage boy who, after taking the seat in front of me and just as I stretched out to take two seats, looked at me and said, "I think I'll sit with you!" After swapping stories and snacks, I felt very honored. It's not always easy for a young person to feel comfortable alone on a trip, and my mom and/or crazy loveable auntie vibe must have been projecting. I also pulled out my frag finds from Bergdorf Goodman; we had a ball sniffing and chatting.
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    5 things I love:

    Church
    My husband's sweetness and sense of humor
    Flowers
    Animals
    Potlucks

    Don't like:

    I would say someone who runs a weedwacker, leaf blower, lawn mower first thing in the morning
    A chatter mouth that talks and talks only of themselves without ever asking how I am doing(a dumper)
    Loud talkers-like I am right here, you know? Why talk so loud, like you are yelling across the room, when I am right here?
    The Holidays..don't like commericalism, cranky cursing drivers, crazy shoppers..you get the point.
    Judgemental people or gossipers, hate gossip..I know of a couple of 'did you hear' type of people. urgh.

    Can I add one? Snow, hate snow.
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    JuJy you are close to my hypothesis
    From this very small sample the hypothesis might have legs.

    Anymore for any more?

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    Things I really love:
    Sleeping in on Sunday
    Coffee
    Tulips in April
    Having someone wash my hair
    Reading


    Irritating things:
    Whiners
    Clutter
    cigarette smoke
    Centipedes(ugh, hate them)
    Being asked to state my phone number or account number AFTER I entered it on keypad of phone. What a freakin' waste of my time.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Kalli -- I'm right with ya on the Holidays. My whole family thinks it's the "most wonderful time" and I'm such a crank then.

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    Love / enjoy

    Cold, clear, frosty mornings.
    A quality bottle of wine / pint of real ale.
    Architecture.
    Wildlife (especially ornithological)
    Family.

    Irritating / disturbing

    Political correctness.
    Reality TV
    The smell of garlic.
    Rats.
    Heat and humidity.

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    Default Re: I have a theory, could be a giggle, please help

    Things l love;

    A good belly laugh.
    A lazy day on the beach, swimming, reading & napping.
    A long, hot bubble bath.
    Cuddles with my bf.
    Music.

    Things l hate;

    People who talk over you & never listen.
    Cyclists who ride on the pavement (sidewalk).
    Wasps.
    Mushrooms.
    Pigeons.

    Edit; please can l add one more hate? Other people's screaming children! Nothing is more guaranteed to send my stress levels sky high.

    Can't wait to see what the theory is!
    "What is this secret connection between the soul, and sea, clouds and perfumes? The soul itself appears to be sea, cloud and perfume..." - from Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis.

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    I'll play too!

    Things that are good:
    - working well with my colleagues and accomplishing a difficult task
    - summer in New York City - wandering around at my own pace and ducking into cool places
    - holidays with my best friend
    - a really good peach
    - getting into a good book

    Things that are bad:
    - self-righteous and bigoted people
    - clutter
    - excessive noise when I need quiet
    - being kept waiting
    - labyrinthitis attacks

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    Nice thread...I'm in...

    Things I love:

    Sleeping
    My cat's (unwitting) sense of humor
    The smell of jet fuel
    Spring vegetation
    Berlin during winter


    Things I'd love to skip..

    Grocery shopping
    Train travels
    Humidity
    Diet
    Extenuating queues at the post office


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    Jujy, you are sweet.

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    Still think it may have legs. Less prevalent but still seeing same underlying themes. Will get the we link and post later for everyone to read. See what debate ensues

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    Things that I love:
    1. watching the sunset
    2. listening to nature: birds, tree leaves in the wind
    3. swimming
    4. going for a walk at winter time
    5. reading books, reading about perfume

    Things that I don't like / disturb me
    1. the smell of gasoline
    2. having nothing to do (I really prefer to have something to do rather than laze)
    3. when someone is not listening to me or tries to persuade I said something I did not say
    4. speed-driving
    5. sound of city traffic.

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    Default Re: I have a theory, could be a giggle, please help

    Quote Originally Posted by Alityke View Post
    Still think it may have legs. Less prevalent but still seeing same underlying themes. Will get the we link and post later for everyone to read. See what debate ensues
    Sounds interesting. I had to go back to your definition, because there are too many things that I "kinda love" that are generally irritations (crowded subways, multi-hour traffic jams, etc.) simply because they make life interesting and memorable. Even the most theoretically annoying people always have some side that I find fascinating and worthwhile. (I'm still working on centipedes, however. The closest I can come to loving them is the absence of household insect pests when they are doing their little centipede thing.)

    But you aren't asking if we hate or love them - you're asking if they provide pleasure or irritation.

    SO - pleasures....

    Sitting on my deck with friends and family and dog.
    A nice late breakfast with good coffee in the city.
    Sniffing anywhere - with either unhurried solitude or plenty of time to chat.
    Getting a bright idea while taking a shower after a good night's sleep.
    Having a religious experience of some kind.

    (I need more pleasures! What about the mountains, beaches, forests, oceans, etc., etc.....)

    ...and irritations...

    Catch-22 situations
    Computer problems which don't want to be fixed.
    Leaky containers of whatever.
    Rules that get in the way of valid (or even "best") solutions.
    Obstruction masquerading as cooperation.
    * * * *

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    Everyone join in now
    Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.
    Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens.
    Brown paper packages tied up with strings....

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    Awww...this is a really sweet thread!

    Some of my pleasures are:
    Getting completely involved in a good book.
    Nature-especially flowers, trees, rocks, waterfalls, birds, moss, chipmunks
    Snuggling with my sweethearts- my husband or my daughter or the cat making "biscuits" on me with her paws.
    This isn't finished but we have to run to Costco......
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    Ok so here is what I wondered. Do people who are fanatical about fragrance have a tendency towards being highly sensitive? I don't mean cry easily or being drama queens but in the psychological sense.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highly_sensitive_person

    Highly sensitive people are more affected by unwelcome noise, too much information to process all at once, interruption and enjoy their own company.

    The reason I wanted to explore this in BN members is the ability many have to be able to really concentrate on fragrance and analyze it, yet comments like " I can't process more than 2 samples" are commonplace.

    Before anyone gets upset highly sensitive traits are sought after by employers, it make people stable, reliable friends, spouses and lovers.

    Also it's a trait the psychologists we work with have identified in me

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    A friend suggested I might be a HSP. I don't know much about it. I suppose it is on a spectrum. I'll read up on it. It's interesting. Thanks, Alityke!

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    Default Re: I have a theory, could be a giggle, please help

    Quote Originally Posted by lilybelle View Post
    A friend suggested I might be a HSP. I don't know much about it. I suppose it is on a spectrum. I'll read up on it. It's interesting. Thanks, Alityke!
    I had also suspected that people here are generally highly sensitive in some weird way. I didn't know that there was an actual category of such folks.

    This particular combination may be the one that is very prevalent here:

    An HSP who is an HSS (High Sensation Seeker) also will find ways to have lots of new experiences, but won't take a lot of unreflected-upon risks.

    -Wikipedia article on Highly Sensitive Person
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    Yep Redneck hence the sampling

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alityke View Post
    Ok so here is what I wondered. Do people who are fanatical about fragrance have a tendency towards being highly sensitive? I don't mean cry easily or being drama queens but in the psychological sense.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highly_sensitive_person

    Highly sensitive people are more affected by unwelcome noise, too much information to process all at once, interruption and enjoy their own company.

    The reason I wanted to explore this in BN members is the ability many have to be able to really concentrate on fragrance and analyze it, yet comments like " I can't process more than 2 samples" are commonplace.

    Before anyone gets upset highly sensitive traits are sought after by employers, it make people stable, reliable friends, spouses and lovers.

    Also it's a trait the psychologists we work with have identified in me
    lnteresting stuff, Ali! Thanks for this thread.

    l slightly misinterpreted your first post & answered with my "loves & hates", but now l see what you were driving at!
    l would say the description definitely applies to me. l hate being interrupted in any way, am very much affected by background noise, have great difficulty multi-tasking & nearly fall to pieces if l'm being watched at work.
    l also need lots of "me time" every day to recover from the constant interaction with other people that my work involves.
    As for fragrance; yes l do need time & space to concentrate when sampling. And l can't have the TV or radio on too loud when l'm doing it. lt's as if it stops me from "hearing" the fragrance. Am l weird?
    "What is this secret connection between the soul, and sea, clouds and perfumes? The soul itself appears to be sea, cloud and perfume..." - from Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis.

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    My turn !
    Loves:
    Being alone - in peace and quiet .
    The night and the stars - sitting outside
    That sweet spot when I'm exercising or doing yoga that only comes occasionally - when I feel completely free and I feel very strong.
    Reading a very good book
    The sea and breath taking scenery

    Dislikes :
    When people talk ' at' me instead of 'to 'me and don't lsten
    Places that play music really loudly
    Being hounded or pestered by someone repeatedly
    My Dad's driving
    Very crowded places

    Edit : I just read the wiki link Alityke . Thanks for that !
    I actually do better , I think , when people are watching which is weird ! I think I see it as a challenge . Like ' if you are going to do that , well then , I'll give you my best , dammit ! ' I don't like it when people watch me do yoga or exercise at all - I feel it's an invasion of privacy except when I teach . I think I'm a bit of a paradox sometimes and don't quite understand it myself. Strange !
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    Like:

    1. being alone in quiet & beautiful places
    2. breathing fresh air in the morning when everyone still asleep
    3. Smelling my perfume collections in my room
    4. reading newspaper
    5.
    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    Sleeping
    Dislike:
    1. Phone rings
    2. politics
    3.
    Quote Originally Posted by teardrop View Post
    being watched at work.
    4.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sheglows! View Post
    Gossip
    5.
    Quote Originally Posted by lilybelle View Post
    Being pushed or rushed
    smells are surer than sights or sounds to make your heartstrings crack.

    -Vladimir Nabokov

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    Lovely thread Alityke! And very interesting.

    My answers:

    Love:
    - Curling up with a good book, usually literary fiction. I love a good story.
    - Experiencing "beautiful things." I love beautiful landscapes, cityscapes, and good food, design, fashion, music, architecture, fragrance, flowers! Anything truly beautiful just makes my toes curl with pleasure. Doesn't have to be fancy - simple, pure, and well-constructed is often the most beautiful to me.
    - A dinner party with my besties. I love intimate conversation around a table with a wonderful, simple meal and fueled by a bottle or two of a rustic red wine.
    - Being in nature, walking or camping. Nothing soothes me so much as the sound of the wind in the trees, or the crash of the ocean on the rocks.
    - Quiet time with my husband, talking about nerdy things.
    - Giggling with my 2 year old daughter.

    Irritated by:
    - Yes, loud noises! Weed eaters and loud motorcycles without mufflers, etc. Loud music in shopping areas also fits into this category. I hate it when I'm shopping and the music is stuck on "dance party." I usually leave the shop immediately.
    - Clutter. Agreed. Even though I create it sometimes - too much clutter prevents me from thinking. I get overwhelmed. Again, when shopping - I will leave a store immediately if it is "over stuffed" and it's too hard to find things.
    - Being unable to get away from someone with negative emotions (eg, riding in the car with someone with road rage! or being stuck in a meeting with a boss on tirade about something)
    - Being rushed or hurried up; I like to take my time and do things "properly"
    - Coarseness and Rudeness. I'm not overly formal at ALL. Quite the opposite. But I really do like it when we all act like civilized human beings - little things like public spitting irk me.
    - Bad lighting. Flickering fluorescent lights make me feel ill. Ick.

    As for your theory about HSP folks... you know, I'm not at all shy. Quite extroverted in fact. HOWEVER - I do actually experience a lot of anxiety, and "high/chronic cortical/cortisol arousal." My brain is very high stim and sensitive (hence the pleasurable side of sensation seeking) - but I can get easily overwhelmed. And though I'm extroverted, I need lots and lots of alone time.

    This part of the article rang VERY true for me:
    This means that regular sensory information is processed and analyzed to a greater extent, which contributes to creativity, intuition, sensing implications and attention to detail, but which may also cause quick over-stimulation and over-arousal.

    That said, my work is very "high performance" - I have to talk a lot and be "on stage" in my work. I do design work - and I often have to do it "on the fly", collaboratively - with clients. No hiding! I have to lead design meetings and be very on-point. (This is exhausting, I might add.) But I work from home most of the time - so I can retreat and be myself, which really helps. When I used to work in an office, having people watch me do creative work was very stressful for me.

    Again, I'm very sociable - so the "shy" part doesn't fit me well. Still...you know what's interesting is that both my brother and my mother are in the "painfully shy" camp - while my father and I are more gregarious - but everyone in my family has this creative/sensitive temperament.

    And we've all seen a few psychiatrists along the way to deal with the familial "nerviness" and the general consensus is that it's absolutely a "nervous system wiring" issue - and that, at least in our family's case - it's very much genetic and inherited.

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    Pleasures:
    - cat purrs
    - the sound of rolling thunderstorms
    - walking a beach in the winter
    - cup of tea, good book, getting cozy
    - sitting in the sun

    Dislikes:
    - low frequency sounds: the hum of lights, fans, distant air-conditioners, bass on drive by car stereos
    - wearing polyester
    - TV host chatter
    - vinyl storefront signs with too many things going on it
    - commercial radio stations

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    Everyone join in now
    Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.
    Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens.
    Brown paper packages tied up with strings....
    Perfect !!!!!!!
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