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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Taking Some Fun and Different Personality Tests


My friends and I recently got together, and we were discussing different personality types and how they affect you and your life. So many different types came up in the discussion, and I find these personality types are a good way to get to know yourself, but also a good way to explain yourself and "why you work a certain way" to other people. Like one session I mentioned to my therapist about how I'm a "Hufflepuff that everyone assumes is a Ravenclaw", but I'll get to that in a bit.

Anyhow, I decided to do something fun together and share some different personality tests you can do online, as well as share my results. I'd love to hear your results of the personality tests.

So the first one I'll share is the Harry Potter sorting quiz test by percentages. Harry Potter is a series I grew up with and loved, about a boy who goes to a magical school, and the first thing there that happens is you get put in a house based on your personality. The four houses are Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. The "main" traits associated with them are as follows: Gryffindor is courageous, Ravenclaw values wisdom, Hufflepuff is loyal, and Slytherin is ambitious. (Here's some more about the house traits.)

People always assume about me that I'm a Ravenclaw, for some reason. (Maybe being brainy helps.) But when I do this test that instead of just giving you one house, gives you your percentage of each, I get Hufflepuff first. Slytherin is last. (Not surprising at all to me.) Gryffindor is second, and Ravenclaw is third.
Here's my results.
"You Are 58% Hufflepuff, 24% Gryffindor, 12% Ravenclaw, and 6% Slytherin!
You’re undeniably a Hufflepuff, but you definitely have some strong Gryffindor qualities. You proudly wear your heart on your sleeve, but you lack the recklessness of a true Gryffindor, which means that you don’t act on your feelings without thinking. Your kindness and openness is what originally attracts other people to you, but they stay for your unwavering loyalty, meaning you’re constantly surrounded by a large group of friends.
Your slight compatibility with Ravenclaw house hints at an appreciation for knowledge and wisdom, though they are not priorities for you."

I find it interesting why people assume I'm a Ravenclaw. I've taken the test multiple times and given different answers depending on my mood each time, and I always get similar percentages:  by far a Hufflepuff, then Gryffindor far behind, but still much higher than the other two. Ravenclaw is always ahead of Slytherin, but never gets more than 15%. And Slytherin percentages always single digits.

Another common well known test is the Myers Briggs personality test. Here's a link for it. In this test, you're measured what percentage you have for each category, whether you're introverted (I) or extroverted (E), whether you're sensing (S) or intuition (N), thinking (T) or feeling (T) and judging (J) vs perceiving (P). At the end you get a label of 4 letters that describe you, and are often given a name to describe "the type". I've taken the test multiple times and in multiple places and every single time I test as Sensing, Feeling, and Perceiving (SFP), but depending on my mood and what's going on in my life at the time, I either test as ESFP, the entertainer/artist, or ISFP the adventurer/composer. This actually makes sense, because I am what they call an ambivert, having both introverted and extroverted parts of me, and depending on my mental wellbeing at the time and other factors, sometimes one part is stronger than another. The latest time I took this test I got these percentages.


As someone whose main professions are blogging, and teaching, and both of them require being able to keep an audience captive, the fact that I got labeled the "entertainer" works for me. (People have commented that I'm very entertaining and fun when I teach my foraging classes.) 
And as someone who feels the need to have fun and adventure in their life, being an "adventurer" also makes sense to me. I think it makes sense that I keep testing between those two.


                    The Enneagram with Riso-Hudson Type Names

There's also another type of personality profiling called the enneagram that is based on nine distinct personality types, that honestly I don't fully understand, but this explains it more. Some of my friends are really into this, but honestly I couldn't get into it, but for the sake of this post I took the test... multiple times... and each time I got different numbers that scored highest. On one test, type 3 came out the highest, followed by 9. On another type 2 was the highest followed by 6 and 7. On another, 3 followed by 6, then 7 and 8. On another, 6, 7, and 8. Basically, I'm not consistent, or fall into an easy box with these, but the ones that showed up the most were 6, the loyalist/skeptic, 7, the enthusiast/the generalist. 8 the leader, and 3 the motivator came up a lot. A good friend who knows me well says that I seem most like a type 7 to her.

Another fun one is this What Flower Am I Quiz, which I'm not sure what exactly it is based on and I was nervous about the results, because there's just some types of flowers I don't like, but the results I got were Geranium: "You are a Geranium! You are adaptable and independent. Along with your phenomenal organization skills, people admire your art of flying solo. You get along with just about anyone and easily conform into any circumstance (even the not-so-great ones). You thrive at work and are often asked to be the one to plan any important professional event." Not sure exactly how true it is, but I do like geraniums and have some growing in my garden.

There's also this other personality profiling thing called Dress Your Truth by Carol Tuttle in which she breaks things down to four basic personality types, and based on that (as well as things about your physical features) it helps you figure out what types of clothes are best for you. Its hard to explain how each one of these work in a nutshell, but there's lots of free info online here and here. Friends of mine who got into this see me as a 1, characterized as bright and animated person, or a type 3 which is with swift and dynamic energy. I identify most with the type 4, bold, striking, exacting, with, with type 1 or 3 as my secondary, but leaning towards 1. Type 2, soft, calming, and plan making is just not who I am at all. Based on what I learned in dress your truth, I tend to mostly dress with type 4 clothes, but sometimes type 1 or 3 as well. My house is decorated in a type 4 style mostly as well. The thing about this is I really have a hard time just agreeing that I'm "one specific thing" and being put in a box, which according to Carol Tuttle is very much a type 4 thing.

Have you taken any of these tests before? What results did you get? Do they seem "you"? Do you find other people tend to assume you're different than how you feel you really are? If you took these tests now, would you like to share your results?

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