Thinking out the box

Personalities are peculiar things. They say that the first 5 years of your life are crucial to the development of your personality. So based on that one could say that personalities are circumstantial?

What about horoscopes? Does being born on a certain day, in a certain month, when the moon, sun and stars are in a certain alignment make you the person that you are?

Is one’s personality a spirit (holy being, not alcohol) that lives inside you that can be said to be a gift from god, or can one go as far as to say that if reincarnation is true then we are not really living with our own personalities at all but merely recycling those which have walked the earth in times gone by.

Sad but true, more often than not a particular star sign, personality or skills from the University of Life can lead to one being put into boxes.  I think this makes it easier to identify types of people and help us effectively manage our relationships and working styles with them.

Sometimes, the box allocation is pleadingly obvious. In other instances the lines seem to overlap.

Over the years there have been many different questionnaires, tools and tests developed to help identify the personality type you are, and I‘m not just talking about the ones in the COSMO.

Just doing a quick internet search brings up millions of tests – some legit and fairly accurate, some just fun time wasters. If you have some time on your hands: why not give these few a go:

Personal DNA

A new kind of personality test developed by professional psychologists where it is unlike other personality tests in terms of innovative answering techniques, allowing quite successful and accurate measures of the multi-dimensionality of a person’s character.

iPersonic Typology

An award-winning personality test developed by Felicitas Heyne, a well-known psychologist and book-author. Only taking 5 minutes to complete the test  gives you an overview of your personality, career and relationships.

Myers-Briggs Typology Tests

A psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions.

What is fundamental to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is the theory that psychological types are based on various cognitive functions:

–  The”rational” (judging) functions: thinking and feeling

–  The “irrational” (perceiving) functions: sensing and intuition

This model recommends taking several different tests to get a more comprehensive and accurate result. Three good ones to try include Keirsey Temperament Sorter, Humanmetrics and 41 Questions.

On a lighter note, like the quizzes in the likes of COSMO some of these tests are quite a laugh and surprisingly accurate at times.

Draw A Pig

As the name says, here you can draw a pig and find out what your drawing says about you and your personality – cute and fun with impressively accuracy. Um, maybe not one to use to base your career and future goals on.

Colorgenics Test

Created by The Paul Goldin Clinic, the Colorgenics test links  colors that you are most drawn to and based on the results provides insights into how other people see you and how your inner subconscious mind is truly feeling about yourself life.

Musical Visual Intelligence

Created by Jake Mandell, MD, music and neuro-imaging researcher AMVI (Associative Musical Visual Intelligence) is a logic test that attempts to measure a person’s ability to associate musical phrases with abstract shapes and symbols. The test is designed to be purposefully hard so that even trained musicians rarely achieve high scores, however one doesn’t need to have musical training to take the test.

The Animal in You

Based on the books The Animal in You and Animal Attraction by Roy Feinson, the test is designed to help determine your ‘animal personality’. There are almost fifty species in the database – each chosen to represent a common personality type. Interesting – it says I’m an Otter!

PersonaBubble is an online platform for exploring who you are. Aimed at letting you gauge who you are and how others see you as well as realise why you are the kind of person that you are. Integrated with Facebook you’re able to your own traits and quirks friends’. For soul searchers and those ‘looking for themselves’ maybe this is how to find it [you].

Having gone through a number of tests in the past I was recently sent probably the most accurate and interesting personality test by DigitLab CEO Mike Saunders.

This test helps categorise which personality type you are, using quite a simple questionnaire format in fact. Whilst answering the questions I didn’t expect the outcome to be as accurate as it turned out to be.

Like horoscopes, although I tend to agree with them not everything they say are true. As such, some things that come up aren’t 100% correct but the majority of things that do freakishly are.

According to another specific questionnaire there are four quadrants which are further subdivided another four times, providing 16 different personality types.

How it works is that it asks you a series of questions and based on your answers in puts you in one of the boxes. Like star signs, tests like this are always up for debate, but when you read your results, it’s amazing, and a little scary to see the amount of truth therein.

This begs the question – is there a box for everyone? What if you don’t fit into a box? Or what if you fit into more than one? Does that mean that you have multiple personality disorder? What if none of the boxes apply to you? Does that mean you don’t have a personality? Are you actually just a robot?

An interesting thought I pose to the likes of Mark Zuckerberg is to create an app which will be able to ‘create a person’s personality type’ based on their Facebook profiles (soon to be timelines).

Said app could then bring suitable products to the consumer’s attention. This could be by means of inviting favoured brands within categories to interact with consumers based on specific interests or needs, to customising the ads that appear on each persons profile based on the content they upload and the nature of their usage.

That could make for very interesting times and take consumerism, advertising and targeted marketing campaigns to a whole new level.

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