As I watch and listen to the new real-life tragedy at Virginia Tech unfold, I have just finished writing a personality-profile blurb on Kathy Sierra, the subject of the not-as-seemingly-tragic-as-now event from last week.
I teach a (psychology) graduate course at Harvard, and I have posted before about the esoteric skills involved in and related to compiling a personality-profile based on linguistics. I have now finished carefully reading parts of Kathy Sierra's blog, and I have concluded a personality-profile blurb based on her written language. Here is an excerpt from her blog, along with the personality-profile blurb:
"But whose fear? The metaphor Liz used (she got from someone else) was that many of the 'leaf nodes' (what Microsoft and Sun and others refer to as 'individual contributors') tend to be innovative and brave, but many of the 'branches' (i.e. layers of management) can't stomach the risks. In their (admirable) desire to be strong and stable, the 'branches' put safety above all else." -- Kathy Sierra (from 'Death by risk-aversion' post)
She is a person who sometimes likes to only pretend she knows what's going on around her. Also, she will often use this naivete persona to actively try to move forward with a plan she already has formulated in her head. In addition, she is a person who usually must always bring others into her sphere of life so as not to do things alone or on her own. But on the other hand, she almost always chooses to do the things she desires with people she doesn't know very well. And as a result, this always adds to the insecurity and hesitation she often feels when following through with her own ambitions.
You can take this personality-profile blurb into consideration whenever you read further developements regarding her situation.
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