What I was stuck on the most was that I couldn't tell if a self summary should be written as " How I perceive myself", or "best description of me for a stranger to absorb".
I could always write about what I think of myself but I hesitate and wonder, "Is that what people really want to know?". When considering how to write a summary for someone else, I feel it would be immediately easier to engage in a conversation to answer questions as they arose.
I suppose what I take away from this is that I can't accurately summarize myself without knowing what you would want to know about me.
Hypothetically, I could play it safe and say mundane details like "I was raised in Trinidad and Tobago, moving to Canada for university and I've been here ever since (and still almost freezing to death each winter.)" , but in this day and age, where someone is born isn't that important anymore. Its just not telling as to who they are really.
I could try to talk about my personality, but I couldn't validate any of it here, so I feel like I would just be tossing out terms like "Humourous, cynical, inquisitive and good-natured" without either you or I knowing how the other views the specifics of any of the adjectives. Trying to be specific tends to get very dry. For example, "I enjoy improv based on well timed puns, double entendres and witty observations, which are relevant to the conversation/events at hand", which to me really doesn't sort anything out and just gets exponentially more complicated when considering the other adjectives which apply to me.
I suppose one accuracy about myself is that I like to be understood and I like to understand people. Not that I dread being misunderstood, but more that I feel a lot of the intricacies that make a person a person is in the very small, easily misconstrued details. Those are the things that I like to know. Its both a fun process to figure them out and satisfying feeling to actually "get" someone's intention.
I suppose I'm looking for like minded people.
So if you are tad neurotic, enjoy in-depth conversations about people's perceptions, and are yourself looking for someone similar, let me know.