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Great questions Marty. I really enjoyed reading your post. There is one more question I would add: "Who are you?" - Answer in one sentence. Then describe yourself, tell me who are you?

Great!

Wonderful suggestion. I will add it to the article with attribution to you, Irina.

If you describe "who" you are

If you describe "who" you are in one sentence, I would hope it was a run on sentence. I am the professional me, the husband me, the father me, the sexual me, the hobby me, the philosophy me.

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The question is not "what are you?" (a professional, husband, etc.), it's "who are you?".

"I am the center of my universe, the main character in my life." One sentence. :)
But you're right, most people don't know what to answer. And that's my point exactly.

Specifically I'm a carbon

Specifically I'm a carbon based life form that in the somewhat near future will reach a state of very low entropy. Saying you are the center of your own universe is sort of coffee house 2am clever but kinda meaningless too ;)

Good try!

Again, the question is not "what are you?" (Carbon based life form...), the question is "who are you?". Interesting, isn't it? Perception is a funny thing :)

If you say so, but I left the

If you say so, but I left the coffee house a long time ago. Being an atheist, and a evolutionary biologist gives one a rather pragmatic perspective on the question.

Thank you!

I'm glad you like it. It's a simple question, but a very tough one. I learn a lot about people from their answer to this question.

Who I am

I am a woman of compassion and love.

Who am I? I am everything and

Who am I? I am everything and nothing, I am everywhere and nowhere, I am the pointless point. I am Love :)

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Marty Nemko is a career and personal coach based in Oakland, Ca. and the author of 7 books. 
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