Part F in the 2015 A-Z Blogging Challenge
There was a show in America that lasted three seasons called United States of Tara. It was a show that starred Australian Toni Collette and was about a mother of two who was dealing with Dissociative Personality Disorder. When she got too stressed, she'd suddenly become a completely different person with different memories, thoughts and lifestyle. These included a teenage girl, a fifties-housewife and an ex-Vietnam trucker. So I thought - if my personality was split five different ways, what would those personalities be? What are the five Mikes that would emerge when a situation called? Here's what I came up with...
- Joker Mike
This is the Mike that's always putting on a show. He tries to make everybody laugh with everything he does, and he can't be serious for even a moment. He can't handle the heavy moments in life and diffuses them by turning them into punchlines. This Mike is a lot of fun to be around, but not good to talk to if you're upset or need help.
- Intense Mike
The opposite of Joker Mike. He takes everything very seriously. He doesn't know how to make smalltalk, so whenever he meets someone new, he always jumps straight to "So what was your relationship with your parents like?" Will focus on a problem until it's solved no matter how important it is. He's very caring and honest, but fairly draining to hang out with - sometimes when you go out on a Friday night, you're just not interested in discovering the cause of your fear of intimacy.
- Insecure Mike
Worries about everything from his hair to his height and from his bank account to the car he drives. Insecure Mike (unlike the others) is extremely uncomfortable in his own skin and has a very low opinion of himself. He's always in a no-win situation. He constantly seeks approval from people, but doesn't believe them when they give it. He fears that his life is going nowhere, but is scared to do anything to fix it. He worries that no one cares about him, but retreats into his shell whenever anyone reaches out.
- Hopeless Romantic Mike
The one who thinks his one true love will arrive any day now. He'll fall in love with a girl and turn up at her work with roses, she'll inform him that he's a really nice guy but she's really not interested, he'll whine to his friends that he'll never find love again and then a new love of his life will appear the next week.
- Competitive Mike
Has to win all the time, even if he knows it's not important. Will turn everything into a contest. Try and come up with something better, I bet you can't ;)