Tell us about a time when you had to choose between two options, and you picked the unpopular choice.

I used to have an incredible knack for aligning myself with the most controversial, “well he or she’s-an-acquired-taste” sort of person. In most cases, these individuals were quirky, unconventional and downright fascinating. They could also be obnoxious or neurotic but boring – never. What they usually weren’t was popular with others and associating with them cost me other friendships and relationships. Occasionally to my chagrin, desire for mainstream acceptance won out over following my own inclinations. On the whole, when I made the unpopular choice for a partner or friend, the experience was unforgettable.

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