Good Monday Morning!
By looking at my previous posts it should be apparent that, to me, a key aspect of being better tuned in to all that is wonderful around us is to be 'mindful' of our surroundings and ourselves. Specifically, being aware of ourselves - who we are, and why we are - seems to be most important in really being able to appreciate our environment. While I'm a big fan of introspection and having awareness of our personality and behavior, I'm even more interested in understanding the 'why' behind it all.
When we have a better understanding as to why we may behave the way we do, think the way we think, and feel the way we feel, we are better able to give ourselves the opportunity to get more out of life. We will make better decisions while being more understanding, confident and secure about those decisions and ourselves.
This being said, I find great interest and benefit in personality tests. Now, I'm not talking about the ones that determine what your 'Inner Chinese Power Animal' is or your compatibility with others - as all personality tests are NOT created equal. There are a few that I had learned about during school and work, but my most recent fascination is a test called the Enneagram Test, brought to my attention by a friend of mine who is a Nurse Practitioner. This test, that she had learned about during her schooling, basically breaks down into 9 possible personality types. Descriptions of each of the personality types touches base on it's basic fear, basic desire, key motivations, as well as healthy levels and unhealthy levels within the personality.
My friend, already knowing her number, encouraged my husband and I to take the test as it is not just helpful in understanding yourself, but also in understanding and accepting others. She had predicted from the start that I would be a 7, and low and behold, she was spot on. One descriptive attribute of a 7 - being vivacious, how fitting! My husband turned out to be a 6. We were amazed at how accurately we identified with each of our types!
So, are you ready to have a little fun on your Monday morning? Below I have attached links to the online test we took, and an in depth description of each type. If you have some free time, take the test and get your spouse/significant other and friends to take it as well. You just may learn a little something about yourself and the people around you!
Below is the link to the test. REMEMBER - answer each question honestly and as you think and feel in the present, NOT how you picture your ideal self! There are no 'bad' answers and all personality types have positive and negative attributes - so you don't try and cheat yourself to a 'better' personality.
Below is the link to an in depth description of each personality type. Try to wait until after you take the test to read up on yours and the others if you choose!