Pete is routinely described using one particular word: calm. My boss (who he helped set up an information booth about our health communication study) used "calm" and "kind," two qualities that led her to believe that he should be a special ed teacher. Coinsidentily, he then got a job as a paraeducator (teacher's aide) at a special ed school, where is has been described as "calm."
No one has ever, in my life, used that word to describe me. Loud, energetic, frenetic... those ones I've heard. Pete just suggested "unhinged" and "chemically imbalanced." (I'll unhinge him...) But calm? Never. Neither quiet, nor shy. How is it possible that we get along as well as we do?
Calm is a really interesting word. It's kind of inherently positive (unless used sarcastically or ironically, of course).
The calm before the storm.
Tazo Calm (mind you: not Tazo Relax or Tazo Unwind: Tazo Calm)
"He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden."
Plato (427 BC - 347 BC), The Republic
Parents desire calm children, but not inactive or phlegmatic children. And a calm man is someone to be admired, but a steady or staunch man is boring and dull.
Meanwhile, I can't think of a single word for those of my disposition that is inherently positive.
lusty (yes, haha, get your giggles in!)
unhinged (thank you Pete...) :)