How do I learn about myself?
Temet Nosce (ltn. Know Thyself)
A short context before we start: ⚠️ Personality tests are tools. They don't define anything, they just point out useful parts. Their greatest advantage is that they encourage self-reflection and comparison of their results with reality. Performing the test does not give much. I only became effective after exploring the enclosed materials and reading books about them.
MBTI also known as 16Personalities test (althrough according to some sources MBTI is not exactly 16Personalities). Recommended by i.e., Ray Dalio, who wrote about this in his book Principles, that he built a team based on MBTI, developing the world's largest investment fund almost from scratch.
According to some sources, the 16 personality test has little to do with the MBTI.
My Profile INFJ
In order to explore this profile I read, among other things:
- INFJ is a profile of contradictions
- I rely almost entirely on my intuition (Blink)
- I have a rather ambivalent nature
- The profile itself is very rare (1-3% of humanity of which 50% are men)
- I can read even subtle emotions and feelings with ease
- I am highly sensitive (Daring Greatly helped me understand the subject)
Otherwise known as "the Gallup's test". One of the most widely recommended tools for development. It is based on discovering one's natural predispositions, which if developed can become strengths.
My work process with Gallup:.
- I have read all the attached materials on all the talents.
- I wrote down the most important suggestions from TOP15
- I wrote down the observations (i.e. how it looks in my case)
- I wrote down the conclusions (i.e. how the observations relate to their suggestions)
- I wrote down an action plan (i.e. what activities I undertake to develop my talents)
- I translated everything into real activities. Some of them I still implement today.
I think StrengthsFinder played a huge role in my life but only because I very actively worked with the information I received there.
⚠️ The above test results are from the second attempt, undertaken several years later after the first. For comparison, I post the result of the first attempt below:
Here it is necessary to take into account several important elements that took place between the execution of the tests. These include:
- a complete change of environment
- a huge professional change (leaving the company)
- several years of therapy with a psychologist
I do not judge these changes, but I can certainly say that they reflect a current state. In particular, the talk is of a focus on taking action.
This is a fairly new assesment designed by Ray Dalio and Adam Grant.
My result: The Quiet Leader
Due to the fact that I took the test a few months ago, at this point I have no specific suggestions or observations except one: I often take actions that are not related to the effects I care about.
The Big Five
This is a fairly general but, according to my information, very heavily documented test.
In addition to it, I also implemented the Self Authoring Program, which I will return to soon. selfauthoring.com
Self Authoring is a carefully designed and challenging Program that helps you discover the past, present and plan for the future. In its context, the most important sentence that stuck in my mind was that in school they teach us how to write about someone and no one teaches us to truly write about ourselves.