Things have been happening in my everyday life that have made me wonder, how am I perceived by others and what kind of person I really am… deep I know!
I found myself conscious of how I was engaging with others, how I came across in social situations, what my role was in a group of friends or team mates.
So I decided to take a personality test.
There are so many personality tests out there but I wanted a rounded one that wasn’t aimed specifically at work life or personal life so I just googled and found 16personalities.com
I am always learning new things about myself, challenging my natural reaction and sometimes saying ‘no’ to yet another favor just to see how it feels. It’s good sometimes to step outside of your comfort zone but at the end of the day, I tend to retract to what I’m used to. And what I’m used to apparently is:
ISFJ PERSONALITY (“THE DEFENDER”)
As I read the results it was like the pieces of the puzzle were finally coming together. Although my line of work is not directly charitable I do find myself helping people a lot in day to day life. I help people before they even ask. I do things to make life easier for others. I do this before they ask and most times, they don’t even know I’ve done it.
Some people may see this as a strength but for me it’s only a strength when it is not taken advantage of.
The following points were taken directly from the website – (https://www.16personalities.com/isfj-personality)
ISFJs are true altruists, meeting kindness with kindness-in-excess.
ISFJ personalities can always be relied on to get the job done on time.
The challenge for ISFJs is ensuring that what they do is noticed. They have a tendency to underplay their accomplishments, and while their kindness is often respected, more cynical and selfish people are likely to take advantage of ISFJs’ dedication and humbleness by pushing work onto them and then taking the credit.
ISFJs need to know when to say no and stand up for themselves if they are to maintain their confidence and enthusiasm.
ISFJs are the universal helpers, sharing their knowledge, experience, time and energy with anyone who needs it, and all the more so with friends and family.
As I read the results I was a little annoyed to be honest at how my personality type comes across as a bit of a ‘push over’ or someone that would be over shadowed by the entire world it seemed. But then I thought some more and kindness, in my opinion, is probably the best strength anyone can have ( so my Mother always tells me!) I would rather be known as being kind then being successful. I am quite happy to think of others before myself, even if that means being swallowed up and blocked by the more ‘selfish’ personalities out there.
If you want to put the pieces together about your personality you can take the 12 minute test here. It really helped me understand myself some more.
Even just do it to see what celebrities have the same personality as you. Yes I am now in the same circle as Queen Elizabeth, Emma Watson and Kate Middleton. Bow down people. Bow down.