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#write31 Day 28 Personality

Let’s explore personality types together. You can share your type or favorite in the comment section. Personality types are fascinating to me. Identifying your type doesn’t puts you in a box. Rather it helps you discover the box you are already in, perhaps offering you the option to get out. You are more than your personality but at the same time some traits are inborn and will likely never change. I’ll never be an extrovert and easily accept that. Knowing I am an introvert helps me understand my needs and feelings. I can set boundaries and expectations accordingly. I do regret not knowing about introversion as a child.

Growing up my sister and I went through a phase of exploring the classic personality types: sanguine, melancholy, choleric and phlegmatic. Mine usually fell somewhere between phlegmatic/choleric with a touch of melancholy and almost no sanguine. I thought sanguine was the best and envied my highly sanguine sister. I studied sanguine’s strengths, tried to copy her but it never worked. I remained quiet and laid back. Boring, I thought.

A few years ago a therapist introduced me to the Enneagram and I loved it. The enneagram is a dynamic system of nine types depicted by a circle with arrows to show how interrelated the personalities are. I am type 9, the peacemaker. When high functioning I adapt the strengths of #3, the achiever, when low functioning my type takes on the weaknesses of type #6 the skeptic. My husband is type 4, the individualist. I tend to be drawn to 4’s in closer relationships. I love the interconnectedness of the enneagram and the endless insights. I read the Riso-Hudson books from the library which also included a test. One of my co-workers has studied the Enneagram a bit and even did a staff inservice which generated great conversation. If you are unfamiliar with the Enneagram, check it out. It’s super-cool.

I am less familiar with the more popular Meiers-Briggs which has 16 types. I couldn’t remember mine so retook it today. My type is ISTJ-T, the logistician, apparently the most common type. (13% of population) If you have a favorite Meiers-Briggs resource, let me know. It will be fun to figure out what our kids are although I think you have to be at least 7 or so for more accurate results.

I am curious what your type or favorite personality resource is. Tell me if you know!

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10 Replies

  1. Andrea

    Interesting topic Astrid. I am an INTJ. The Enneagram sounds interesting. I will have to look at it!

    1. Astrid Melton

      Cool. I am taking notes of all my friends types. Check out the Enneagram- it’s insightful and great for teams or business.

  2. Erinne

    Loved this, so I went online and took the test. I’m a Helper with Achiever as a wing. Interesting test, I had never heard of it before. My results seem pretty accurate. 🙂

    1. Astrid Melton

      I love helpers and relate well to achievers. A book I found very insightful is: The wisdom of the Enneagram- I think… got mine from the library.

  3. Heather Tourville

    I would be interested in taking the Enneagram test. I went to the website but didn’t see a link to actually take the test (actually there was one that sent me to the Institute, but it was broken). Do you have a link? I assume it’s free.

    1. Astrid Melton

      I am not sure if the full test is available online- there is one in the Riso/Hudson book I got from the library… I could see you as type 3 (achiever) but let me know if you take what you come up with!

  4. Tara

    I believe I am an INFJ on the Meiers Briggs. I have found the DISC assessment helpful. Our previous pastor uses it all the time in both ministry and corporate training sessions. I am an S while my husband is very much an I on that one. https://www.discinsights.com/whatisdisc#.V60fxMew9SU

    I feel like I went through that Enneagram from the book one time at your house. I’ve forgotten what my results were though. Pretty sure Johnny did it too now that I think about it.

    I went through a huge package of multiple personality test type activities with my friend who life-coached me for awhile while working on her certification. It was fun and interesting to me too. I am very relationally oriented. Peacemaker to a fault. Now if only I could find all those test results. 😉

    1. Astrid Melton

      You were a 2 on the Enneagram- the helper I think. I forgot about the DISC- did that one a long time ago…

  5. The last place I was used DISC in our teams. We were supposed to predict what others in our teams were and every single person guessed I was the opposite of where I actually tested in the category more suited to my role at that point. I suppose good to adapt? I’m a 1w2 per a test I just took, but still mulling it over a bit. The definition of 1 seems more negative then I like.

    1. Astrid Melton

      I’ve heard another blogger say if you hate your type, it’s probably the right one- I’ve done the disc a long time ago and don’t remember the results…

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