I feel like the first sentence here should sum me up, but there is no sentence that can do such a thing. So instead I'll stick to listing prominent features about myself in a semi-random order (whatever comes to mind first).
I'm detail oriented and I tend to be rather thorough. I also try to be very precise with my words. These tendencies lead me to ramble a lot. I try to avoid it, but it gets the best of me much of the time in my writing.
I think a relationship is like a house. Commitment is the walls that keep it together. Communication is the doors and windows that make it usable. Compromise is the roof that keeps the rain and elements out. And trust is the foundation on which it's all built. All of these components are essential for a healthy relationship, and as long as you have them, your relationship can and will succeed. This applies to any kind of relationship, romantic or otherwise.
I like people. I'm an ambivert (which means in between introverted and extroverted; most people actually fall in this category). I don't like to be around a lot of people (at once), but I like to be around people a lot (of the time). Falling to either end of the extreme (being around people too much or too little) stresses me out.
I am a hopeless optimist. I recognize that this cognitive bias is unrealistic, but it is also psychologically healthy and beneficial. (Ever heard of self-fulfilling prophesies?) I tend to give people and situations the benefit of the doubt. I believe that humanity has a lot of potential, for both good and bad. I like to focus on the good.
I think forgiveness, gratitude, and acceptance are the keys to happiness in life. I am happy in my life.
I am an emotional and passionate person, but my emotions do not impede my ability to be rational. Until I start getting anxious. Then I tend to act in ways that are contrary to what my rational mind would suggest. I mean, my rationality is still there somewhere, I just fail at applying it in useful ways. Fear tends to dictate my behaviors, much as I try not to let it.
People make me nervous. More so the less I am around them, actually. I have a proneness to experiencing anxiety in general. However, over the years I have become more and more skilled at managing and reducing said anxiety. As long as I'm within reasonable proximity to my comfort zone, I'm pretty normal. That is, normal with regard to experiencing anxiety. I am otherwise not your average girl.
I'm generally considered pretty smart, and I like to think of myself as nerdy. I'm good at logic, reasoning, and problem solving. I have common sense and a pretty decent working memory too. I do not claim to have extraordinary wisdom, knowledge, or experience. Though I do have a few areas of expertise, there is much I do not know, and I will readily admit to my areas of ignorance. I am also very rational, open-minded and intellectual, and I appreciate the same qualities in others.
I love science. I'm fascinated with understanding how the universe works. I'm especially interested in psychology and understanding human nature, what motivates people, the biases and heuristics of human reasoning, etc. I'm also fascinated by the brain; it's such a complex machine. I'm very curious, and not nearly as well educated in science as I would like to be. That isn't to say I'm scientifically illiterate (I'm not). I simply mean that my current level of understanding does not satisfy me.
I'm a pretty ardent atheist. I grew up as a Christian, but began questioning my religion when I was about 18, when I myself was being questioned about it by my present husband (then boyfriend). I had a strong faith in God at the time, but an even stronger faith in reason. Reason won out. I hold this example as testament to my open-mindedness. I will give up even cherished and closely held beliefs if reason dictates that they are not true. I care more about the truth than in believing whatever feels comfortable. I am an honest person and value honesty in others. And I know how to be honest with myself.
It seems I tend to hold a lot of unorthodox beliefs. I do not like going against the grain, but I won't change my principles just to fit in. Sometimes I like debating, but usually I don't--especially in cases where there will be no agreement in the end and where there is a lack of mutual affection between the parties involved. I find the dissonance to be emotionally taxing and hence I try to avoid it. Unfortunately, my withdrawal from a debate can appear like I am ceding victory to the other party. I am not; I just don't have the energy to argue further. I prefer harmonious environments.
I am a very passionate person. When I love, I love deeply and intensely. I would go to the ends of the earth for the people and causes I care about. I am fiercely tenacious and determined.