Had some fun taking a couple personality tests…
I geek out over these things. I’ve always loved personality quizzes and horoscopes. Having insight generated (right or wrong) is weirdly satisfying to me.
There are definitely ones that are a little less legitimate than others. I try not to get too caught up in the “answers,” but more so the insight and questions I ask internally about my weaknesses, strengths and how I can be a better version of myself.
Growing up, and to this day, I’ve never been good at analyzing myself (I don’t think most people are). I am great at analyzing (and over analyzing) everything else. But, I’ve always had a difficult time rationalizing why I acted a certain way, why I do the things I do, my habits, my dislikes, what makes me tick and what turns me off. I’ve always wanted answers.
Truth be told, no personality test is going to answer those questions.
But what they do is – they open up an internal dialogue. They force you to ask yourself questions, they give new insight to question and research.
Last week, I took two lengthy personality tests (recommended by someone I truly trust and admire).
Done through 16personalities, this test looks at a handful of approaches from intro- to extroverts, feeling functions, intuitions and cognitive functions. It’s a mix of Myers-Briggs and Jungian Traits and touches on the aspects of mind, energy, nature, tactics and identity.
My score: CONSUL PERSONALITY (ESFJ, -A/-T)
What’s that mean?
Broken down by numbers, I am…
- 74% Extraverted (over introverted)
- 58% Observant (over intuitive)
- 78% Feeling (over thinking)
- 77% Judging (over prospecting)
- 58% Assertive (over turbulent)
Here are my positive traits:
- Consuls are social creatures
- Consuls respect leadership
- Consuls take responsibilities very seriously and have a strong sense of duty
- Consuls love to be of service
- Consuls enjoy roles where they feel valued and appreciated
- Consuls are conflict-averse
- Consuls prefers plans and organized events
- Consuls connect well with others
- Consuls have difficulty coming to terms with their sensitivity
- Consuls can be inflexible
- Consuls can tend to neglect their own needs
- Consuls get hurt by critics or disagreeing thought patterns
- Consuls can take things very personally
- Consuls need to understand what may seem right to them, isn’t always absolute truth
Kind of cool, huh?
All and all, I’d say the test was mostly accurate. I tend to be a people-person who loves plans and organization. A lot of my identity is found in helping others and being a positive role model. As far as weaknesses, my emotions are one area I’m currently working on – which happens to be the foundation to other areas that need work.
Enneagram Test. This test looks at nine personality types and is a little more complex.
My results: Type 2- The Helper
What’s that mean?
Type 2’s feel worthy helping others. Love is their ideal, selflessness is their duty. Warm and practical, they and their homes are warm and inviting. Being needed = feelings of importance.
- They love love
- Care about relationships
Two’s need self-care. And can often find themselves dealing with burn out and emotional exhaustion. Two’s need to learn they can only be of true service to others if they are healthy, balanced and centered in themselves.
The can be bossy and often times feel they can justify it, because they’ve either “earned the right” or their intentions are “good.”
The weakest point of a Type 2 is when they begin to feel that they will never receive the appreciation or love they deserve for all of their efforts. Under such circumstances, they can become hysterical or irrational.
Definitely fall into the category of sometimes “doing too much” and find myself in that burnout category. It’s something I’m currently working on with more self-care practices and taking more time to relax.
Bossy? Me? No…
Something that struck me was both personality types suggested “neediness.” I’ve never thought of myself as a needy person. But when I take a step back, I do expect a lot out of people, not necessarily in physical closeness or attention or compliments, but in responsibility and reciprocation. Something I need to be more conscious of.
If you made it this far, kudos. I don’t expect you to read all about me and my personality as much as I was hoping to give a glimpse of these nifty little “tools” and resources that can help us ask ourselves some tough-love questions.
If you’re anything like me and have difficulty having internal conversations and understanding our “why,” personality tests can often be a very helpful tool to prompt us into uncovering information that we can either accept or challenge. And either way, we’re learning more and more about ourselves as individuals through the process!
Keep questioning! Challenge your weak points and promote your strengths! As individuals we have so much room from growth and positive potential!