He walks into my office and takes a chair. I turn away from my computer, kick off my shoes, and settle in for what, I know will be, a long conversation. The conversation began with a request for documents and ended up with a discussion on personality and professional tests etc.
"You have done Meyers Briggs?"
"Yes" (Among many others.
"I was talking to J about it and suggested that she take it. She had never heard of it. I guessed what she is."
To many, such tests are a jumble of letters thrown together. I find personality tests fun and interesting. I am as honest on them as possible, but yes, I have gone back and changed a "close" answer if the first set of results didn't seem to ring true.
Through such tests I have learned that, I am most similar to Phoebe on the friends (which surprises no one who knows me).
Were I to attend Hogwarts, the Sorting Hat would place me in Gryffindor. This actually surprised me as I would have thought myself to be in Ravens claw. What amazed me more was that my mom was placed in Ravens claw when I figured her for a hufflepuff. Anyway, the reasoning was, according to the site, that I tend to do what I believe to be right or just even if it means breaking the rules. I can see that.
In a team environment (and in life generally), I am the V (visionary). Meaning I come up with plans and concepts and ideas and then must be forced to let go of the idea as I will continue to refine the concept while the rest of the team is trying to get it done (thereby driving everyone crazy).
As a manager I am a D. (direct ) do not clutter my in box with unnecessary information to minute details. We all know what needs to get done; let's get it done.
At work and in my personal life I crave change and dynamic environments. This means my S was very high on one test. I do not like stability. The echo of this reverberates throughout my life. I have had to force myself to be "okay" with stability for my daughter and to be involved in her life as a parent, but... she is getting older and I am getting anxious. Change is coming and I can't wait!
Still another test illustrated my climbing mentality, which kind of goes with the finding above
And yet another attests to a personality trait that can drive me crazy from time to time - I am a person who will hear about a situation and immediately start generating ideas, suggestions, solutions. This can be anything from a serious problem to something as simple as "I would like my son to be in martial arts this summer." Such a statement will have me sending this parent links to martial arts programs in the area within a matter of minutes. I am not a busy body, I like problem solving. I like helping. I like ensuring that people have the information that they need in order to make decisions. And yes, it can annoy me from time to time. Is my life so stable that I create my own dynamic environment by trying to help people even if the help is not requested? (I am a Virgo though and have noticed other Virgos that do this as well. Perhaps it is a Virgo thing?)
Personality tests can be fun, interesting, and insightful.
The one thing I have learned, above and beyond everything else is that I am just a bowl of Alphabet soup.