Happy and Healthy June! This is the month we celebrate Father's Day and Graduations and the beginning of Summer. It is a busy month which quickly passes, and I have found myself once again composing the evening prior to publishing deadline. Really, there is nothing dead about the line as no harm will come to anyone or anything if the Muse is delayed, it is just a part of my personality to be somewhat punctual, a bit offbeat, gourmand, and, well, those of you who know me know that I wear my heart close to my sleeve and am a bit of a nonconformist.
Princess came home the other day and asked me if I would take the "Personality Test" one of her teachers had given to the class. She, knowing my personality, knew that I would not only jump but lunge at this enlightening offering of hers.But before we get started with the test, let's begin with the www.dictionary.com definition which reads:
Noun- the visible aspect of one's character as it impresses others: He has a pleasing personality.
Psychology: the sum total of the physical, mental, emotional, and social characteristics of an individual, and the organized pattern of behavioral characteristics of the individual.
So we can easily see that there is a direct relationship between character and personality, but they are not one and the same. Our personalities consist of the characteristics we display from which others can form judgments about us. Happy, or gloomy or shy or outgoing. Tidy or messy or smart or unknowing. Calming or nervous or one who creates- these are a few personality traits. It is part of my personality to want to make the previous syllables go to the tune of A Few of My Favorite Things as sung in the Sound of Music by Julie Andrews!
Character, on the other hand, can lie a bit deeper within. We do not always openly display our true characters. Oftentimes we strive to display traits which we believe to be noble and generally acceptable traits, but I believe that our true characters are an immutable part of who we are, beginning even in the womb, and that our personalities are partial expressions of our true character. I can attest to this as I carried fraternal twins, and they displayed distinct personalities from their unique characters from the beginning!
A good test, either with pen or paper, or given by life itself by extreme circumstances, be they positive or negative, will generally reveal our true characters.
So, now that we are clear on the difference between personality and character, let's dispense the test. If you don't wish to spoil the surprise, you may prefer to take a few moments to jot down your answers prior to reading the analysis.
1) What is your favorite Color?_________ List four adjectives describing why you like this color or how it makes you feel.
2) What is your favorite animal?_________ List four adjectives describing what it is you like about this animal.
3) What is your favorite body of water? ( ocean, lake, river, waterfall, lagoon etc.) ______________ List four words to describe what you like about this water, how it is, how it makes you feel.
4) You are alone in a dark cave and do not see your way out. How do you feel? ______________ List four words to describe.
I do recall doing this test myself back in High School, but I had forgotten how to analyze. Good thing Princess has a good memory.
1) What your favorite color reveals about your personality: According to this test, how you describe what you like about your favorite color are the same characteristics of how you view your own self! There were many interesting responses, and I will share a few examples: ( the ones with more than four words were the popular choices, so I included all unique words )
Blue- calm, open, soothing, beautiful, bright, cool, restful, proud
Electric Blue- appealing, vibrant, spiritual, intriguing
Turquoise- cool, deep, rich, enveloping
Green- organic, nurturing, calm, generous
Silver- innovative, shiny, beautiful, fresh
Purple- Rich, caring, pretty, spiritual, soothing, happy, mysterious, mythical, serene, uplifting
Red- bright, vibrant, hot, cheerful
Black-classy, discreet, elegant, accommodating
2) What your favorite animal reveals about your personality according to this test correspond to the traits you admire in your mate. Here are some of the responses:
Dog- happy, affectionate, smells good, playful, loyal, appreciative, demonstrative, good companion, clever, loving, fun
Cat- smart, playful, good companion, soft, beautiful, independent, clean, calm, inscrutable, sexy, frisky
Snow Leopard- fierce, beautiful, sleek, independent, smart
Wolf- interesting, cute, strong, fearless
Dolphin- free, happy, energetic, playful
Hippopotamus- large, confident, playful, strong
3) How the body of water is described is said to correspond to how you view your romantic relationships!
Ocean- soothing, calming, relaxing, refreshing, nice motion, deep, mysterious, limitless, dangerous, ferocious, smells good, healing, fun, nice sound, clear, inviting, comfortable, adventurous, cold, deep, changeable, capable
Waterfall- flowing, beautiful, soothing, rare
Stream- flowing, accommodating, soothing, pretty
Water Park- fun exciting, refreshing, awesome
River- moving, changing, clear, cold
4) How you feel inside the dark cave relates to your feelings on death.
Blank, melancholy, desolate, contemplative, cold, sad, insecure, uncomfortable, worried, concerned, sleepy, anxious, claustrophobic, brave, curious, resigned, accepting, defeated, searching, wet, cramped, nervous, prayerful, surrendering
I am not sure who came up with this test or how they came upon which questions to describe which aspects of our psyches, but I had an awful lot of fun administering it to friends and family and seeing their shocked expressions when I shared the analysis!
Many of us enjoy searching for deeper meanings and correlations in our adventures on this planet. Little tests like this can be fun and thought provoking and revealing. I hope you have as much fun with it as I did.
Sorry Yogi- no new recipe this month. Maybe if I have time later.
ISTJ - The Duty Fulfiller
Serious and quiet, interested in security and peaceful living. Extremely thorough, responsible, and dependable. Well-developed powers of concentration. Usually interested in supporting and promoting traditions and establishments. Well-organized and hard working, they work steadily towards identified goals. They can usually accomplish any task once they have set their mind to it.
ISTP - The Mechanic
Quiet and reserved, interested in how and why things work. Excellent skills with mechanical things. Risk-takers who they live for the moment. Usually interested in and talented at extreme sports. Uncomplicated in their desires. Loyal to their peers and to their internal value systems, but not overly concerned with respecting laws and rules if they get in the way of getting something done. Detached and analytical, they excel at finding solutions to practical problems.
ISFJ - The Nurturer
Quiet, kind, and conscientious. Can be depended on to follow through. Usually puts the needs of others above their own needs. Stable and practical, they value security and traditions. Well-developed sense of space and function. Rich inner world of observations about people. Extremely perceptive of other's feelings. Interested in serving others.
ISFP - The Artist
Quiet, serious, sensitive and kind. Do not like conflict, and not likely to do things which may generate conflict. Loyal and faithful. Extremely well-developed senses, and aesthetic appreciation for beauty. Not interested in leading or controlling others. Flexible and open-minded. Likely to be original and creative. Enjoy the present moment.
INFJ - The Protector
Quietly forceful, original, and sensitive. Tend to stick to things until they are done. Extremely intuitive about people, and concerned for their feelings. Well-developed value systems which they strictly adhere to. Well-respected for their perserverence in doing the right thing. Likely to be individualistic, rather than leading or following.
INFP - The Idealist
Quiet, reflective, and idealistic. Interested in serving humanity. Well-developed value system, which they strive to live in accordance with. Extremely loyal. Adaptable and laid-back unless a strongly-held value is threatened. Usually talented writers. Mentally quick, and able to see possibilities. Interested in understanding and helping people.
INTJ - The Scientist
Independent, original, analytical, and determined. Have an exceptional ability to turn theories into solid plans of action. Highly value knowledge, competence, and structure. Driven to derive meaning from their visions. Long-range thinkers. Have very high standards for their performance, and the performance of others. Natural leaders, but will follow if they trust existing leaders.
INTP - The Thinker
Logical, original, creative thinkers. Can become very excited about theories and ideas. Exceptionally capable and driven to turn theories into clear understandings. Highly value knowledge, competence and logic. Quiet and reserved, hard to get to know well. Individualistic, having no interest in leading or following others.
ESTP - The Doer
Friendly, adaptable, action-oriented. "Doers" who are focused on immediate results. Living in the here-and-now, they're risk-takers who live fast-paced lifestyles. Impatient with long explanations. Extremely loyal to their peers, but not usually respectful of laws and rules if they get in the way of getting things done. Great people skills.
ESTJ - The Guardian
Practical, traditional, and organized. Likely to be athletic. Not interested in theory or abstraction unless they see the practical application. Have clear visions of the way things should be. Loyal and hard-working. Like to be in charge. Exceptionally capable in organizing and running activities. "Good citizens" who value security and peaceful living.
ESFP - The Performer
People-oriented and fun-loving, they make things more fun for others by their enjoyment. Living for the moment, they love new experiences. They dislike theory and impersonal analysis. Interested in serving others. Likely to be the center of attention in social situations. Well-developed common sense and practical ability.
ESFJ - The Caregiver
Warm-hearted, popular, and conscientious. Tend to put the needs of others over their own needs. Feel strong sense of responsibility and duty. Value traditions and security. Interested in serving others. Need positive reinforcement to feel good about themselves. Well-developed sense of space and function.
ENFP - The Inspirer
Enthusiastic, idealistic, and creative. Able to do almost anything that interests them. Great people skills. Need to live life in accordance with their inner values. Excited by new ideas, but bored with details. Open-minded and flexible, with a broad range of interests and abilities.
ENFJ - The Giver
Popular and sensitive, with outstanding people skills. Externally focused, with real concern for how others think and feel. Usually dislike being alone. They see everything from the human angle, and dislike impersonal analysis. Very effective at managing people issues, and leading group discussions. Interested in serving others, and probably place the needs of others over their own needs.
ENTP - The Visionary
Creative, resourceful, and intellectually quick. Good at a broad range of things. Enjoy debating issues, and may be into "one-up-manship". They get very excited about new ideas and projects, but may neglect the more routine aspects of life. Generally outspoken and assertive. They enjoy people and are stimulating company. Excellent ability to understand concepts and apply logic to find solutions.
ENTJ - The Executive
Assertive and outspoken - they are driven to lead. Excellent ability to understand difficult organizational problems and create solid solutions. Intelligent and well-informed, they usually excel at public speaking. They value knowledge and competence, and usually have little patience with inefficiency or disorganization.
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I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you. -Roy Croft
Its beauty that captures your attention; personality which captures your heart. -Unknown
A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes. -Mahatma Gandhi
We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die. -Albert Camus
Personality has the power to open many doors, but character must keep them open. -Unknown
Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is. -Mae West
An individuals self-concept is the core of his personality. It affects every aspect of human behavior: the ability to learn, the capacity to grow and change. A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success in life. -Dr. Joyce Brothers
Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality. No one can become fully aware of the very essence of another human being unless he loves him. By his love he is enabled to see the essential traits and feature. -Viktor Frankl
Personality is everything in art and poetry. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality. -Albert Einstein
Most great men and women are not perfectly rounded in their personalities, but are instead people whose one driving enthusiasm is so great it makes their faults seem insignificant. -Charles A. Cerami
Personality is born out of pain. It is the fire shut up in the flint. -Unknown
Humility is no substitue for a good personality. -Fran Lebowtiz
Everything we know by heart enriches us and helps us find ourselves. If it should get in the way of finding ourselves, it is because we have no personality. -Nadia Boulanger
A person however learned and qualified in his lifes work in whom gratitude is absent, is devoid of that beauty of character which makes personality fragrant. -Hazrat Inayat Khan
The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality. -T. S. Eliot
Personality is a mask you believe in. -Dr. White
Attractiveness and magnetism of a mans personality is the result of his inner radiance. -Yajur Veda
Personality is only ripe when a man has made the truth his own. -Soren Kierkegaard
Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality. -Theodore W. Adorno
According to Cattell, there is a continuum of personality traits. In other words, each person contains all of these 16 traits to a certain degree, but they might be high in some traits and low in others. The following personality trait list describes some of the descriptive terms used for each of the 16 personality dimensions described by Cattell.
Abstractedness: Imaginative versus practical
Apprehension: Worried versus confident
Dominance: Forceful versus submissive
Emotional Stability: Calm versus high strung
Liveliness: Spontaneous versus restrained
Openness to Change: Flexible versus attached to the familiar
Perfectionism: Controlled versus undisciplined
Privateness: Discreet versus open
Reasoning: Abstract versus concrete
Rule Consciousness: Conforming versus non-conforming
Self-Reliance: Self-sufficient versus dependent
Sensitivity: Tender-hearted versus tough-minded.
Social Boldness: Uninhibited versus shy
Tension: Impatient versus relaxed
Vigilance: Suspicious versus trusting
Warmth: Outgoing versus reserved
What the Letters mean in the next bar:
I = Introverted
E = Extraverted
F = Feeling
T = Thinking
P - perceiving
N = Initaitive
J = Judgeing
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