I decided to pick Saturday October 19, 2013 as my day that I would say everything that is kind, useful, and true. From the moment I woke up, I knew this was going to be a struggle. In my apartment, kind and useful are not exactly the core values. I left out true because my roommates and I are extremely truthful with each other; just usually it is delivered in an insulting manner. My communication with my roommates flipped completely but the communication I had with people outside of my apartment did not change much. An outside perspective would think that my relationship with my roommates was probably conflicted and disconnected, though I felt it was the polar opposite. So, throughout my day, I had to put on a filter or in other words, I had to think about what I was saying before I said it. It felt as if I was talking to my parents every time I opened my mouth. This self-observation was definitely tougher than the first one, but I made a couple of realizations on how I communicate with people.
So when I woke up, I decided to not tell my roommates about my self-observation experiment. I tried to be normal in all my responses but was immediately faced with awkward moments because I had to think about what I wanted to say. My roommates noticed something was off within ten minutes of talking to me. Then, I told them about the iExamen 2 and they laughed but were excited because it meant they could mess with me all day. When I say, “mess with me,” I mean that my roommates could insult and joke with me all day and all I could do was respond in a kind manner. Conversations with my roommates were difficult to say the least. Most things I wanted to say I could not. It is not that I enjoy insulting my roommates; we just enjoy making jokes about each other that are said in an insulting way. This is our way of showing how comfortable we are with each other. Certainly a strange way of showing it, but it does make the bonds between us stronger.
Once I got out of my room, the day got easier. When talking to people that were not my roommates, I did not feel so constrained. I did not have to think as much and I was able to turn my filter off most of the time. I also realized that the conversation I had with people was more meaningful. I was paying more compliments to people and having more lively conversation. In total honesty, it is because I am not as comfortable with these people and feel the need to be more polite. Leaving the room made me realize that I am generally nicer and more polite to be that I do not know as well. One would think that one would be kinder to friends and colder to people they did not know but the opposite was present. I had never taken in to account my drastic change in behavior depending on who I am talking to. Obviously, there is a change in behavior if you’re talking to your best friend or your grandma but in this case I had a change in behavior from friend to friend.Coming into the project I did not expect to recognize such a change in my behavior towards people. I did not think it was going to be too difficult being a little kinder to people because I do not consider myself a mean person. Though when everything I said had to be kind, useful, or true, it eliminated my ability to use sarcasm. I rely on sarcasm for humor and to sometimes make a point. For example, if I see a friend slacking off I may make a sarcastic remark about him failing out of school. In the future, I will attempt to have more lively conversation with people that are not my roommates by making everything I say kind, useful, and true. For my roommates, I do not think anything is changing there and I am quite alright with it.