Are you ever curious about who you truly are? And no, I don’t mean your purpose in life. I mean your display of character when it comes to dealing with situations or people. Ever wonder why you do what you do, react the way you do or feel the way you do in certain situations? Why is it that sometimes you want to be around people, and other times you just want to crawl into a corner by yourself and absorb what’s going around you, recharge? Why is it that sometimes you have so much to say and other times, you just need some time-out, and say nothing at all? It’s such a conflict of emotions.
You get lost in translation trying to make out what it all means. And that’s why describing your persona becomes a tad challenging. Actually, erratic, because at one point you feel this, and at another point something entirely different. What we don’t realize is that there are some general domineering behaviors that eventually lead to your type. Like the number of times you’d imagine you’re an introvert, while in essence you’re an extrovert – that’s me right there. This happens when I tend to zone out and over-focus on whatever I’m doing for a few minutes (or by God’s Grace, hours), or when I tire of chatting and I want to just be in my jammies on the couch reading a book or catching up on a series.
Well, while at a work retreat, we were encouraged by our HR team to take up the personality test just to understand ourselves, our type, because it helps you know whether you’re best suited for certain jobs or not. This can be a source of frustration. When you’re placed in a job role that is a mismatch with your personality, you could end up feeling weary, inadequate and dejected.
How about your team members, partners, or your friends? It’s important to understand them too. And how best to do that than to know their type? You’re able to piece up some of their awkward behaviors. For instance, why is someone so assertive, defensive, disorganized, aloof, analytical, argumentative? It’s good to also know that some personalities are like oil and water, they just don’t mix, regardless of how much you try to make it work. Others work, but clash once in a while because of the dissimilarities.
So when I carried out my personality test, I was so amused to figure myself out. It all made so much sense – mainly because the first thing I realized is why I’m such a fan of Marilyn Monroe quotes, and guess who they have quoted there, goes without saying. I’m the ESFP Personality – The Entertainer, despite the fact that I only sound great in a choir, croaky in the shower, and ridiculously cook up lyrics to songs, but I still break into song and dance. I’m really that person.
I also got find out my Strength and Weaknesses; How I deal with dating & relationships), friendships, parenthood; About my career path, work place habits. It’s absolutely ridiculous how as I read through these, I was seeing myself sentence after sentence. Quite creepy I must say. And the one thing that was running through my mind is, “I could never have described myself better than this.” Clearly they’ve done their research on these personality types.
Try it out, and then share, it would be great to know your type too.
“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you surely don’t deserve me at my best.” Marilyn Monroe
Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*