Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Day 6 and it's getting weird

See I don't have any completed craft projects to show you.  So I'm going to talk about some stuff that I find amusing.

Have you ever taken a personality test?   You know the Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator?

I'm mostly
Seek to develop logical explanations for everything that interests them. Theoretical and abstract, interested more in ideas than in social interaction. Quiet, contained, flexible, and adaptable. Have unusual ability to focus in depth to solve problems in their area of interest. Skeptical, sometimes critical, always analytical.
 But I'm only slightly N and P, so I can kind of be S (sensing instead of N - thinking) or I can be J (judging) instead of P (perceiving).

Without a doubt I am I - introvert.

I've also had "instinctive drives" testing.  This is supposed to be set in stone unlike personality type which can shift and apparently you can modify somewhat.  From my booklet
Your I.D. (instinctive drive) is not necessarily what other people see, but rather, the real drive behind what you say and do.
Here are some gems from my personalised report  (this was done back when I was employed for a big FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) company.)

Some things I agree with and some things I think are totally off base.  (my personal comments are in italics although I'm sure  you'd figure that out fairly quickly)
Sara, you have a rather unique ID in that you are very intensely driven by only one instinct (to kill...just kidding...oh excuse me that is my evil dark humourous side coming out) - the Instinctive Drive to Authenticate.  Indeed, less than 0.2% of the general population are as strongly driven as you are by this instinct.
 What does this mean?
Your way of thinking and operating is completely different to almost everyone else.   Blah, blah, blah, yeah I figured that one out a long time ago.
Some more stuff about being unique...picking appropriate situations, et

At the end of the day, your success and fulfillment in life will depend on your ability to:
(a)maintain a perspective that thrives on the benefits of being a "0.2%" rather than not being part of the "99.8%" and

(b) channel your energies into tasks, roles and situations that require or match your ID
This last point (b) is particularly important because your ID is vulnerable to "being jack of all trades and master of non".  You are quickly drawn to respond to any cry for help and to experience a wide variety of "adventures" (which can be interesting and fun), but the vulnerability is that your energy gets spread over a wide area instead of focused on just a few things.   See I think this is crap.  Anyone who knows me that I am actually quite focused on what I do.  I am clear about what I like doing.  I also don't go running after problems to fix either. 
 But there are some things that are spot on.
My needs:
A crystal clear picture  Yeah, I like to be able to visualise and completely understand what I am doing or what someone wants done.  

an open, candid environment - so let me translate this...I don't do fake, insincere people.  I don't play politics and don't try to outplay me, because I will come back and get you when you least expect it.   

To be needed - I guess I like it, but I don't need to be needed.  Actually it drives me insane sometimes.

Get it right first time - I agree.  I spend a lot of time thinking about what I want to do before I do it because I want it to be right.   Sometimes I waste too much time thinking and not doing.

 Variety - Many other people work best when they focus without interruptions, but for you, the irony is that you actually need lots of variety and interruptions to "apply yourself".  Oh so this is why I cut something, I read email, I sew a little then I cruise the craft forum, then sew some more then I go through my Google reader.

Quality that sells itself -  you have an aversion to "being sold" which includes others trying to persuade you around to their point of view instead of letting you arrive at your own decision in your own time.  To you, things should be capable of standing on their own merits and not require "salesmanship" or personality to make up any gaps in the product or purpose itself.
This need is relevant to what you produce personally as well as when other people want you to buy into what they believe or have available as a product or service.  This one I agree with.

So do you feel like you know me any better?  There was more, but United States of Tara is over and I really truly need to sew these waistbands onto these redondo skirts.


Helen said...

I found this really interesting Sara, thanks for sharing.

Mary said...

I've been subjected to a crazy amount of those types of tests over the years and about the only constant for me is the myers briggs which I am the same as you. Even when I had got the point of being completely ridiculous with my answers I would still come out as this. I've not heard of the ID test though, thanks for sharing, it was very interesting.