For the past couple of years, I have been taking these “personality tests” available online. These tests were part of the “MyPersonality” app through facebook. When this first came about, I was in my late 20’s and I had just joined facebook. I thought it was pretty cool at the time. These tests made me remember my high school and college years, first learning about “personality tests” and learning about oneself. Throughout my 20’s, I was no different than any other person.
I didn’t know who I was yet. As I spent time in school and life beyond, I had several different relationships and many different friendships. I lived in a few different cities in a few different states. I had a number of different experiences. This continued into my thirties. In my mid-thirties, I began thinking more about the “big picture.” I got involved in the corporate world and began climbing the corporate ladder. I continued taking these “personality tests” as I grew into the world of management.
For me, this was perfect. As I worked into management, I found I could solve problems. I was put into a position in order to “find solutions.” I felt needed. I felt as though I was a part of something bigger. I was on a team. I began dealing with cool things like contracts, negotiations, payroll and invoicing. I was involved in team-building and recruiting and read all kinds of books about “leadership” and “being effective.” Part of this included “personality tests” as well. Awesome.
Over the past five years, I have remained with the same company and am blessed to have had many experiences throughout the country, finally landing a job in San Diego County, California and residing in the “North County” area of San Diego. As you may read this…you may be wondering where the hell I’m going with all of this. Believe me, as I’m writing this…I’m certainly wondering the same. Part of my writing is really much like my character. There’s a lot of rambling, but somehow I believe I always return to center and can tie it all together.
As you’re reading this, I’d like you to pause and watch a short video (less than three minutes) by Jon Acuff about his new book, Start. Check it out at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Xb-hMKl3Rs. I saw this video on facebook recently via Dave Ramsey and thought it was very appropriate in many different ways and on many different levels. This is one of the reasons driving this very blog post, so do your self a favor and check the video out. I just bought his book and will begin reading it this afternoon.
Now I’m in my mid-thirties and much like Jon Acuff states, I have “…entered this land of editing. I did these hundred things, and these are the 10 that matter to me most.” I started “editing my relationships” and especially lately, I am realizing that “I can’t be best friends with everybody.” But that’s another topic for another blog post spawned from thought processes that I’d like to cover at another time. Having recently taken an 8-month hiatus from facebook and recently re-joining, I received an email reminder for the “MyPersonality” app through facebook last night.
This morning, I reviewed the email and was flooded with thoughts and memories, some of which were captured and shared in the post thus far. At any rate, I decided to follow the link contained in the email. Over the past few years, I had gotten in a habit of doing these tests every three to six months, and reviewing the results. Yes, it is official I am a complete nerd on so many different levels. There are even people that go so far as to say I am crazy and have gone off the deep end since moving out here to California.
Either way, after waking up early this Sunday morning, I decided to take a few moments and follow up on that email and would take the test. These questions through the “MyPersonality” app are 100 questions and appear to be based on a “Myers-Briggs” style of personality test. Last year in June was the last time I took one of these tests. I scored as an “INTJ” or Introverted Intuitive Thinking Judging. Reflecting on life situations and circumstances at the time, I believe this to be pretty accurate. You can read more about an INTJ personality here.
This morning, I took the test via the email link. Like any other time in the past, I took the test and answered the questions. This time around, I tested out as an ESTJ, or Extraverted Sensing Thinking Judging. You can read more about the ESTJ personality here. I read the two personality descriptions and began thinking about the comparison. I thought that it was strange that I would test out as an ESTJ, especially after the last 10 months of my life. If anything, I thought I would come up as more INTJ at this time.
Not being satisfied with the results, I decided to take another test. I did a bit of research and found myself at the following site: http://www.keirsey.com/default.aspx. I took the The Keirsey Temperament Sorter®-II (KTS®-II) assessment. The Keirsey Temperament Sorter®-II (KTS®-II) is the most widely used personality instrument in the world. It is a powerful 70 question personality instrument that helps individuals discover their personality type. The KTS-II is based on Keirsey Temperament Theory™, published in the best selling books, Please Understand Me® and Please Understand Me II, by Dr. David Keirsey.
After taking this 70 question test, this results showed me as being a ISTJ, or Introverted Sensing Thinking Judging. So far, I am on board with this analysis. So far, I’ve linked to descriptions from “www.mypersonalitypage.com” – and will do the same again. You can read more about ISTJ Personality Types here. However, this assessment of ISTJ personality type was given from the KTS-II test, so it’s only fair to provide their description of ISTJ personality types as well. Here’s a link to the KTS-II result of the ISTJ Personality Type.
If write this because I find myself reflecting again on a Sunday morning before breakfast. I write this because I believe reflection is good practice. Part of my reflection includes periodically reviewing my personality type and how/why it differs from the last time I reviewed it. After all of this, I have less faith in the “MyPersonality” app tests via facebook and believe the The Keirsey Temperament Sorter®-II (KTS®-II) assessment to be more accurate.
So, that’s about all I have to say about this. I sincerely hope that this information is helpful to you as you make a similar journey through life reflecting on all the wonder that life experiences are. Life is interesting. For whatever reason, the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. I’ll conclude this blog post by simply wishing you well and posting the prayer below.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.