This Week's YA Highway Road Trip Topic:
My first reaction to this question was, Aren't we all Divergent?
Dauntless Not at all. Needles petrify me. I rarely walk alone at night. I practically had to read a manual before feeling brave enough to use the NYC subway the first time. The only adventurous thing I've done is live in five states in less than fifteen years, and that was at the bidding and with the security of my husband's job behind us.
Candor My dad always said, "If you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all." Generally, I do value this belief over candor, though as I get older, the candor comes out more, especially as a parent and a critique partner. It won't always make things better to stay quiet or just say nice things.
Abnegation I try to be selfless in ways that are beyond my comfort zone, but most of the time I fall into the normal range, having no problem giving up my food, coat, whatever to my family members but not as often to a stranger. I donate, recycle, have taught and done social work as a profession, but all without giving up much of what makes my life comfortable...In fact, being in a giving profession and now a mom is what makes me comfortable and fulfilled, so that's not really selfless.
Erudite I love learning. I listen to 2-4 nonfiction books a month and watch lots of History and Discovery channel with my family. I'm not much for keeping up my math skills (other than helping with homework and doing the occasional Sudoku puzzle), but most of the other subject areas are covered on a regular basis in my life. I love being a lifelong student of the world.
Amity Peace and understanding above all. This I believe with every fiber of my being (though I'm not 100% perfect at acting on it).
And Amity strengthens all the other factions in me:
-Most of the learning I do is about human behavior, psychology, anthropology and sociology.
-I focus on conflict management as a giving professional and parent.
-I'm willing to be candid if it leads to greater understanding.
-Finally, I'd like to believe I'd even be dauntless when it comes to defending peace and civil rights.
What about you? What roles do the different factions play in your life? Which one would you chose if you had to?