Taking personality quizzes is a not-often-spoken-of pastime of mine.
I’ve always been tempted by exercises aimed at self-reflection and self-awareness. The first time I ever took a Myers-Briggs personality test was one of the funnest days ever. (ENFP – although I took issue with the “E,” and the facilitator assured me that MY opinion is way more important than what Myers or Briggs or anyone else thinks.) I find it really validating when I take some sort of personality assessment and re-affirm what I know is true about me, and I find it interesting and intriguing when the results don’t resonate with me. (This is all sounding – and is – incredibly egocentric.)
When I feel scattered and all over the place, personality quizzes are a silly, light-hearted distraction. I don’t take them very seriously, but I often find the results re-assuring. When I take a career quiz and it says that I should be either a writer or a therapist, I feel empowered. If it says something different – talk show host, doctor – it throws me a little, but not enough to be truly distressing.
Additionally, the answers to these quizzes are always filled with affirmations. A friend posted this quiz this morning: “What five-letter word best describes you?” http://en.what-character-are-you.com/d/en/1703/index/10341.html
This was my result:
The word that describes you perfectly is:
You’re a really cool person – you’re always up for a laugh and great fun to be around. But, as your friends will probably tell you, you can be a little bit crazy… Another round of shots, a spontaneous road trip or simply taking up any dare that might come your way, it all part of your nature. You just think that life is too short to play by the rules and, trust us, we’d all like to be a little more like you.
(Yeah, I don’t find this one accurate at all. But it won’t stop me from taking the next quiz I see posted.) 🙂