Our poll related to professions is closed, so let's make that the subject of this week's Forum. The results are in, and they are:
Admittedly, this poll was about as unscientific as it could possibly be, suffering from among other things, a small sample size, a self-selected set of respondents, selection bias on the part of its author in choosing the categories, and probably a host of other problems that a trained statistician could point out. But, even with a sample of only 107 self-selected respondents, a few interesting points worth discussing emerge.
First, members of the medical community either are not very interested in domestic discipline, do not visit domestic discipline or spanking oriented blogs very often, or are very shy when it comes to filling out polls. I am, I admit, a bit puzzled by that one, because I have always believed that DD appeals to a lot of Alpha Males and guys with "control freak" tendencies or high-pressure jobs, and the medical profession seems to be chock full of those. Or maybe I'm just projecting the attributes that seem to drive my own DD-oriented needs onto others.
Among those who are into DD, lawyers, business executives and business owners are over represented. I also am a little surprised at how many engineers and technology professionals are represented, as I don't associate that group with the Alpha Male and "controller" archetypes that I usually associate with DD. But, again, that observation may be, and likely is, no more than my own biases shining through. Of course, the biggest problem with this poll is that the percentages may not reflect relative interest or participation in DD as much as being in a profession or personal situation that lends itself to having time and freedom to explore the blogosphere and find things like our Disciplined Husbands Forum.
Finally, "other" and "other professional" are, in combination, the largest block of respondents. Which could indicate either that we have a very diverse group of visitors to this blog or that I did a really poor job of selecting job categories and left out one or two large segments of the DD community.
So, let's focus on that as part of this week's topic: For those who are willing to share, what job, career or profession are YOU in, and what, if any, connection do you think there is between that job and your interest in DD? Did the same personality factors that lead you into that career also influence your interest in DD? For instance, if you are inclined to submit to your wife's authority, are you similarly submissive to authority at work. Or, is the inverse true and you feel attracted to DD as a way of giving up the control you exercise on the job or, particularly for our Disciplinary Women, does exercising power and control in your marriage reflect any power dynamics in your work life?
I know that talking about jobs and professions may be sensitive for some, given that many do not want to reveal too much about themselves. If there are sensitivities on that score (and there are for me), I would suggest posting your comment anonymously and not signing the name or pseudonym you usually use when participating in this blog.