Reading each other and dialoguing can be vastly improved by sharing our demographics. To that end, I have made the table below to help. I filled in my own details as an example.
Our thinking is more a product of our environment and experiences then we’d like to imagine. Sure, even if your beliefs match your demographic, doesn’t mean that you mechanically are fated to your beliefs nor that they are wrong. But some of that is usually true and because we subconsciously know we aren’t as free as we imagine, it can be scary to share. We fear that we will be judged, classified and dismissed. But the risk is worth it — it will help you to know yourself and perhaps change. Share your experiences with each other and see what that vulnerability does to your dialogues.
Feel free to cut and paste this table into your blog — modify it as you see fit and then link it to your “About” page to help your readers. Add that link in the comments — don’t give me your demographics in the comments, please.
Suggestion: make all your answers as brief as possible or link to other pages when too long.
|— age/generation||baby boomer|
|— sexual orientation||heterosexual|
|— health challenges||none now — but gettin’ older|
|— ethnicity, race||white (Welsh, German)|
|— birth order, siblings, household||oldest of 3 boys|
|— parent’s / guardian occupations|| Dad: sales, factory owner (deceased)
Mom: elementary teacher (deceased)
|— present family||married, two kids (son, daughter)|
|— occupation history||Physician Assistant (more here)|
|— residence history||Mid-west, USA|
|— class / income||middle class|
|— languages|| mother tongue: English
previous fluent: Japanese (more here)
|— education||See here|
|— religious||non-religious, former Christian (see here)|
|— political||libertarian-ish (see here)|
|— clubs and groups||no affiliations|
|— hobbies||weiqi, kayaking, music (guitar)|