What superpower or quirk have you picked up because of your 9-5 gig?
February 7, 2013 9:05 AM Subscribe
Please tell me about the habits and skills you've picked up as a result of your profession. It might be something you don't even notice because it's second nature to you, but others have pointed it out to you, or it could be something you've noticed about others.
posted by blazingunicorn to Work & Money (182 answers total) 169 users marked this as a favorite
As a journalist who's interviewed and tried to get information from tons of people, I've been told that I have a knack for getting people to open up quickly.
Other examples I've gleaned from friends: an improv teacher I know is a skilled persuader, in part because he's skilled at reading dynamics in a scene and gently moving people towards an end goal.
A hairstylist I know tends to develop hair-based personality profiles: she looks at a style, how current it is, presence of hair color/visible roots, estimates daily grooming time, etc., and automatically conjures an idea of how someone sees themselves and how high maintenance they are.
A lawyer friend habitually thinks of the opposing argument for everything and then pokes holes in it, even when it's something mundane. (Not publicly, thank god.) An old pianist friend is understandably neurotic about protecting his hands.
As in the case of the pianist/hands example, it might be something that's obvious in retrospect, but not the glaringly simple "he's a pianist so he likes music" idea that you might immediately think of; I probably never would have thought about it, had I not seen him instinctively cower to protect his money makers on a few occasions. What's a funny thing you've noticed about your architect friend? How might a cop give himself away in everyday life? I want to know. Bring 'em!