We are usually blind to how our personality traits influence our politics, our religion and our philosophies. We convince ourselves that our choices are rational and reasonable while all along our minds dutifully construct those ideas to safely tuck our quirky personalities into our lives’ snuggly niches.
One of WeiQi’s many beauties is that you can glimpse a player’s personality by the way they play their stones. High-ranking, professional WeiQi players often describe this phenomena. For your perusal, here is a fun list of the playing styles of some top professionals as described by other professionals.
To the right I have taken the terms from that list and playfully grouped them into five boxes which I feel share have significant shared qualities. Then I put those five boxes into two columns — columns which share qualities too. Perhaps you’d categorize them differently — heck, my boxes probably reveal something of my personality too! 🙂
I play WeiQi on-line — I chat a lot with other players (usually after the game). Over the years many of these players have taken the liberty to tell me exactly how they read my personality from the way I play my stones. Almost consistently, I have been told that I have several traits from the two boxes on the right — I will let you guess which ones. But I have never been told that I have any of the traits on the left. And to think, WeiQi is just a silly game.
Questions for readers:
- Have you seen your mind’s personality constructing a snuggly philosophy for you? Or are you deluded to think you are in control? (ooops, was that a biased question?)
- Do you feel you can see my quirky personality in blogging style — in the way I lay out words, diagrams and ideas? I give you permission to speculate on my personality, but more importantly, try speculating on how you feel my personality molds my philosophy.