Know Thyself: Personality Quizzes

Know Thyself. To Thine Own Self Be True. But how do we know ourselves? Well based on how many Facebook links I get to them, the answer is Personality Tests. And to be less flippant, the following our my results from personality tests taken FOR WORK not for fun. Seriously, these were actually required as part of professional development.

What I have included here are my own results. I would love to hear yours!

Meyers-Briggs: Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Perceiving

INTP personalities are those “who are energized by time alone (Introverted), who focuses on ideas and concepts rather than facts and details (iNtuitive), who makes decisions based on logic and reason (Thinking) and who prefers to be spontaneous and flexible rather than planned and organized (Perceiving)” (link).

StrengthsFinder:

  1. Intellection: People who are especially talented in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.
  2. Learner: People who are especially talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.
  3. Input: People who are especially talented in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.
  4. Achiever: People who are especially talented in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and work hard. They take great satisfaction from being busy and productive.
  5. Ideation: People who are especially talented in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.

Grit Test: 3.9/5

According to Angela Duckworth, “Grit is passion and perseverance for long-term goals. One way to think about grit is to consider what grit isn’t. Grit isn’t talent. Grit isn’t luck. Grit isn’t how intensely, for the moment, you want something. Instead, grit is about having what some researchers call an “ultimate concern”–a goal you care about so much that it organizes and gives meaning to almost everything you do. And grit is holding steadfast to that goal. Even when you fall down. Even when you screw up. Even when progress toward that goal is halting or slow. Talent and luck matter to success. But talent and luck are no guarantee of grit. And in the very long run, I think grit may matter as least as much, if not more.”

Based on my results, I am “grittier” than 60% of the population.

The Big Five:

  1. Openness: 96% :: Openness describes a person’s tendency to think in abstract, complex ways. High scorers tend to be creative, adventurous, and intellectual.
  2. Conscientiousness: 65% :: Conscientiousness describes a person’s ability to exercise self-discipline and control in order to pursue their goals. High scorers are organized and determined, and are able to forego immediate gratification for the sake of long-term achievement.
  3. Extraversion: 52% :: Your mid-range score on this dimension indicates that you are fairly average in your motivation to seek out social rewards. You probably have some desire for admiration, influence, and prestige, but you can also be content when you’re not winning recognition from others.
  4. Agreeableness: 54% :: Agreeableness describes a person’s tendency to put others’ needs ahead of their own, and to cooperate rather than compete with others. People who are high in Agreeableness experience a great deal of empathy and tend to get pleasure out of serving and taking care of others.
  5. Neuroticism: 31% :: Because you are low in Neuroticism, you are less likely than other people to experience negative emotions like fear or sadness. You are probably optimistic, carefree, and self-confident. You rarely worry about how things will turn out.

The Big Five has four major personality types: Empathic Idealist, Analytical Thinker, Practical Caretaker, and Logical Mechanic. I’m very much the first two according to my results.

The college where I work is currently investing a bunch of time and money into the StrengthsFinder test. They bought everyone a copy of How Full is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath, which is associated with this test. Faculty and staff are taking the test and sharing our results. We are even holding discussions on what the results mean and how we can start using those results to create better workgroups and foster relationships. Look for my review of that book coming up in the next week.

So, as I said earlier, I would love to hear about any personality tests you’ve taken and whether or not you take them seriously.

 

10 thoughts on “Know Thyself: Personality Quizzes

  1. This is interesting. I’ve worked in the corporate world and have taken part in numerous tests. My poor husband is subject to this stuff yearly, the idea being that you can identify strengths and weaknesses in your personality traits (performance) and work to change them. I find them interesting, but think they are very subjective.

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    • I agree. I think most people can easily answer the questions to get the results they want and people areuch too complicated to be boiled down to some generalizations. I think of them as guides.

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  2. I remember having to do one of these through work probably 20 years ago now. It revealed that I had absolutely no idea about taking personality tests because apparently my answers didn’t pigeonhole me enough. I had to spend ages being ‘taught’ how to answer which, I thought, kind of defeated the object!

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  3. I’ve never had to take a personality test for work, but I’m interested in them. I think they’re a good tool for understanding yourself as long as you answer honestly and bare in mind that it’s more of a general guide and that people still differ greatly even within one type because we all have different life experiences and circumstances. I’ve taken the Myers Briggs test many times and always get INFJ, everything I’ve read about that type fits me really well. I took the Big 5 ages ago but can’t really remember the results.

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  5. The library system where I work is very into the StrengthsFinder assessment, so we all took them and then have been doing activities and stuff based around the results. I thought it was pretty interesting, although some of my top five strengths surprised me a bit. I do like personality tests as ways to give language to our behaviors and the things about ourselves that we’re trying to understand, but hopefully people don’t get treated differently because of them.

    There’s a book out in September, I think, called The Personality Brokers, about the women who invented Myers-Briggs. I’m looking forward to reading it!

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