finding out about myself – personality tests and me

I love personality tests. I love finding out more about myself and figuring out more about why I do the things that I do and how best to work with other people. Some people I know think that these types of tests and assessments are garbage and I know that they aren’t perfect, but as I have explored these different ways of looking at people I have learned a lot about who I am and also about the people that I love and work with.

In this post I am going to go through some of the tests that I have done and explored, a link to where you can take that assessment (or a version of it) and what it has taught me about myself. Feel free to let me know in the comments if you have done any of these assessments and what you are.

Myers-Briggs

This is one of the most common personality tests that most people know about and it has been around for a very long time. This tests gives you four letters with two choices for each spot. Introvert or Extrovert. Sensing or Intuition. Thinking or Feeling. Judging or Perceiving.

In this test I am an INFJ (Introvert, Intuition, Feeling, Judging). This type is known often as “The Counselor” or “The Advocate” and often are quiet, full of thoughts that they don’t always share, patient, try and solve conflict, and try and seek meaning from themselves and others (such as this blog post). They are often stressed by sensory overload, interruptions, surprises, and lack of conflict.

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You can take a version of this test here!

Enneagram

The Enneagram has recently grown in popularity and I am definitely seeing it all over right now. This test has 9 different personality types that are connected and can spill over into each other.

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In the Enneagram I have been defined as a 9 or “The Mediator”. If you are getting more into it I am a 9w1 which means I also have a lot of the characteristics of “The Perfectionist”. Similar to my MBTI type this means that I tend to be peaceful, diplomatic, empathetic, and open-minded, but the Ennegram also looks deeply at what bad qualities this could mean and more me that includes being stubborn, passive-aggressive, unassertive, and sometimes judgemental.

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Take the Enneagram Test here!

The 4 Tendencies

This personality test is not as common as the two previous, but one that I have heard over and over again through reading the Creators books and listening to her podcast. This personality tests divides people up into 4 types: Questioners, Obligers, Rebels, and Achievers. This personality test shows you how you deal with expectations, both inner and outer ones.

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In this personality test I come out as an Obliger. This means that it is hard for me to stick to things when it is only me that I am accountable for, but I always meet the expectations of others. This is why I like keeping a planner and making to-do lists, because these can seem like external expectations for me and it is easier to do the tasks that only I care about if I need to also check them off of a list.

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Take the quiz here!

Insights Colour Profile

This is a quiz that I did through work. The personality test takes four colours; red, yellow, blue, and green and shows how you best work with others. None of them are bad, but they can help with your interactions with co-workers and bosses in how you should communicate and work with them.

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In this system I am a mix of both green and blue. I like the precision and order of the blue, but I also value sharing and collaboration which is attributed to the green colour. I find that while working with others I am a very green person, but when working by myself I am more of a blue.

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There isn’t a way to take this quiz online, but you can look into it more here.

Do you like personality tests? Have you taken any of these or any other ones? If so what?

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