Personality Tests

Today at work we decided to take a personality test. Let me fill you in on how my office is run. There is me (technically the only full timer), the manager, a college student (who is working pretty much full time this summer), the owner (who has another job so isn’t really there); and another part-time worker (who kind of floats doing odds-n-ends).  Many days it me, the college student and the manager. We are like three peas in a pod, but just how similar are we? The college student was going on and on Monday about this personality test she took over the weekend. After the second day of her mentioning it we (the manager and I) decided that should just take it too.

According to the 4 question Myers Briggs test I am an Idealist, the college student is a Guardian (which is how I might just refer to her from know on) and our manager is a Caregiver (ditto on the references). Fun fact Guardian and Idealist are exact opposites answer-wise. Since each of the four questions only has 2 answers her initials were the other option, that amused me more than it ought. Also there is only one answer difference between Guardian and Caregiver. This means that those two are very much alike where I am an odd duck. I wonder what the other part-time lady would be…I’m guessing like the other two. The thing about personality tests are that once you start reading them you think every other sentence is perfectly aligned with how you are. I wonder if there is a placebo effect there. Like you get it in to your mind that this is what you are so subconciously you’re already saying ‘what I’m reading will line up with how I am’. Whether that is true or not, some key phrases do seem to describe me well:

  • may be reserved in expressing emotion
  • do not like conflict and goes to great lengths to avoid it
  • flexible and laid-back
  • typically completely unaware of the mundane details of life maintenance. For instance: can go for long periods without noticing a stain on the carpet, but carefully and meticulously brush a speck of dust off of their project
  • do not like to deal with hard facts and logic
  • may be awkward and uncomfortable with expressing themselves verbally, but have a wonderful ability to define and express what they’re feeling on paper [that is a partial purpose of this blog, to help grow that expression. I’ve gotten out of the habit of writing and thus still write like a high school student, perhaps not even that high]

Not sure if I”m project or not, but some of it fit. So yes, that’s what we did today. Not as a team-building exercise or anything. If anything it just gives each other more ammunition to razz one another with. (Guardian’s has a lot of stuff about being a perfectionist-spot on, however mine does too so whoops!) That’s how things go in our office though, lots of sass but oddly lots of productivity. I can’t imagine working anywhere else. So until next time ~ Q

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