- 3 years ago
- Wedding: May 2013
I’m sure some of you have been forced to take a personality test at some point for either school or work-related reasons. I have taken some kind of “official” one twice, once for a college class, and once for my teaching program (it’s a requirement, and they force you to have a meeting to talk about why teaching might be easier or harder for you based on your 4-letter “type”).
Every time I take one of these tests, I am generally close to straight down the middle between each extreme of each trait, and pretty much smack dab in the middle for extroversion/introversion.
Now, I don’t think that this test is god. It is just a way of thinking about and describing common personality traits. I get that I might not fall perfectly into one or the other, and don’t put too much stock in the results… but other people do.
At times I feel like I must be an extrovert: being around people often energizes me and I hate when social interaction ends. At other times, I feel like I must be an introvert: if I don’t get some alone time, or am forced to be “on” socially all day and into the late evening, I feel like I must stay up even later reading or vegging on the couch to “recharge” or have “me time” instead of just going to bed.
I am not as productive at home alone, and am much more productive with friends or colleagues. I both look forward to a day off with nowhere to be, and hate it. I like working because I get to be around a lot of different people, and if I go a few days without really talking to anyone I start to feel tired, unmotivated, and bored. However, once I get started on a project, I prefer to work on it nonstop, alone, for days. Sometimes, i am so focused I don’t even hear DH talking to me!
When DH goes on a business trip, I enjoy the first 12-24 hours of me time, then I go stir crazy unless I have a project to focus my attention on. But, sometimes, I just can’t get into a project because I want to socialize.
Anyway, I have never found these types of personality tests particularly useful. For the other traits, I am close to the middle of the spectrum as well.
Do you find these tests useful for self-refection, or annoying and irrelevant? I find them annoying, and hate someone trying to peg me into a “type” that doesn’t really fit me.
I act differently in different situations, depending on what is needed and how I am feeling that day. People describe me as both organized/a planner and scatterbrained/spontaneous… at work I am known for being extremely neat and organized, but at home I am rather messy. I prefer to see the big picture and generating new ideas and have to force myself to focus, but I can also often get caught up on details of a project for too long when I need to move on.
Am I just well-adjusted for what I consider my “flaws”, a good actress (in that case, I could be making a LOT more $$$ in Hollywood), or do I just have no personality?
No matter how I answer these questions, I often feel like I’m lying.