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28. Would you say you “know what you like” in the area of fashion and clothing? If so, do you also know what you like in other areas of life, that is, are you generally good at discernment? Can you say where your discernment comes from, if you have it? Or if you don’t have it, why or why not?

If Project Runway likes it, I usually hate it. My favorite designer usually comes in 3rd or 4th, and I'm okay with that.

I have no idea where my discernment comes from.


discernment came from myself

Yes, I always know what I like in all areas, mainly from trial and error.

Yes and yes. An understanding of how my individuality, personality and history (as well as internally judging other people's appearances).

yes, I always know what I want no matter what area in life. It's in my DNA (probably my red hair)

I over think everything so I'm always weighing what my clothes say about my class, my life. I'm overweight again so that makes me feel as if nothing I wear can counter my weight.

From a very young age I had strong preferences about what I wore,ate,read,watched,etc.I think I needed a sense of control because my mother was so out of control. It was a way of developing boundaries and defining my separate self. Some preferences come from the inside out,who knows why, others perhaps acquired from people I looked up to who mentored me.

I know exactly what I like. I am good at discernment, probably because I pay attention.

I know what I like currently, But that's always changing. Every time i see something new.

I have always been attuned. My desire to explore new things, though, is a double-edged sword in that you cannot take risks and explore new territory while also having perfect discernment. I value both equally. Definitely, I value the new a little too much to claim utter discernment.

Yes, i know what I like but I don't have the money to buy what I like so I have to adopt a utilitarian approach to the way I dress (does it fit? can i wear it to work? it can be washed with water? will the item be useable for more than a month?)

it comes from being curious, learn about the history of fashion, about art, and learning to know what you like the most and what provokes a reaction from you

self awareness

I don't know what I like at all. It fluctuates all the time. I don't think I have a sense of knowing exactly what I like in life either. Any time I think that I do, something will complicate that notion and change my perspective.

Yes, generally. I am very opinionated and I make snap judgments about liking/disliking things, and stick to them. Occasionally something I originally disliked will win me over (see flat riding boots, above) but usually I stick with what I like. It probably comes from not tending to like much, so it's easy to know when I do like something.

I would say so, in terms of both fashion and most other areas of life. I think discernment comes with age. I'm almost 30, and by now I feel like I've developed a pretty good sense of what I like to wear, what I value in a friend or romantic partner, what I need from a job or from life in general. Those are things you learn through trial and error over time; I'm sure that by 40 my skills of discernment will be even more finely honed.

I've learned to know what I like. Growing up and learning that you don't have to dress like everyone else and reaching an age where other adults don't even care kind of helped with that.
Yes, I'm generally good with discernment, probably better in other areas of my life than clothes, actually. I was raised to have good judgment.

I'm a picky eater with a lot of dietary restrictions (quasi-Kosher, lactose-intolerant, allergies) so I can usually zero in on the 2-3 dishes on a menu I can have and will like, and make a decision fairly quickly. Friends who eat more are surprised I've decided before they've even zeroed in on a few choices.

Yes. I do have discernment in most areas of life. A gut feeling regarding relationships, business, and sometimes people I don't know very well. I'd say it comes from paying attention to people's actions, motives, body language, and an internal warning system.

I do. I also like to make decisions about clothing / taste quickly. People who can't do this frustrate me and make me anxious.

Yes I am very discerning, have always been.

Sometimes yes, sometimes no. With my singing also, I have been struggling for years with issues of identity. I think having a personal style and knowing what you like is also related to identity. And self-awareness. I often see clothes on the rack and think thy will be great, but then they don't look good on my body. I also wish I had a different body...I think it would be easier to dress another body. But this is an area of growth for me, and I think I'm getting better.

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