Have you ever taken a personality type quiz or test? If you’re female and like taking fun quizzes, I bet you’ve taken more than one. I sure have. Not the ones like “Which Disney princess are you?” Or “What color best describes your soul?”
I’m a big fan of the Myers-Briggs personality test. I’ve actively searched out different websites and read books to narrow down which of the 16 personality types best describes me.
I’m an ISTJ.
I could break down the different personality types and explain in detail their significance. My search for personality types on Google alone estimates 6,400,000 hits. Why add to that?
Just the other day I was reading an article in one of my favorite magazines about this. That’s how I discovered the Big Five personality test. It’s more in depth than the Myers-Briggs and only takes approximately ten minutes.
The Big Five is OCEAN, the acronym stands for…
My test results came back as follows: O88-C83-E37-A44-N27
I find comfort when who I think I am is confirmed by others. That helps me to know that I’m not being egotistical or false. The other day I had a doctor appointment. I was frustrated with how I was feeling, and wanted to know if maybe what I felt was in my head. I listed all of my symptoms and how they made me feel. In the end, the doctor gave me the same diagnoses that I got years ago.
As we get older, we change. I have the ability to be very sociable when I’m around people I know, but at my core I’m an introvert. I need absolute silence and alone time to recharge before going back into the world.
My symptoms have changed too. The cause is still the same. I don’t have low self-esteem, but it helps to know how others perceive me. There’s comfort in knowing that I fit neatly into one of the sixteen personality boxes more than the others. But no computer or human being will be able to perfectly understand me. That’s the beauty of this world. Every single person is unique and irreplaceable.
I like knowing that I fit into a certain box. I also know that I don’t have to have to live in that box. I’m going to mature, think-feel-and do things differently, and that’s what truly defines who I am.
- Myers-Briggs: https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test
- I also enjoyed this book –> Creative You – by David B. Goldstein & Otto Kroeger
- The Big Five: http://www.outofservice.com/bigfive/