I’m a psycho. 🤪
Lol jk. I’m an ENFP (MBTI), a Sanguine-Phlegmatic (Four Temperaments, sounds like a funky disease I know) and a D/I (DISC). No, I’m not speaking a foreign language, these are the results of personality tests that you can do to learn more about yourself.
There are free websites that detail your strengths and weaknesses, possible career paths etc. It’s actually pretty fun and freakin’ fascinating. Even better, you can get people you know to do them too so that you can better understand them.
➡ MBTI – https://www.16personalities.com/
➡ Four Temperaments – https://openpsychometrics.org/tests/O4TS/
➡ DISC Profile – https://www.123test.com/disc-personality-test/
The MBTI and Four Temperaments tests are pretty similar. I learned that my strengths include being a people person, having lotsa curiosity, being able to come up with a shit ton of crazy ideas and being chill af.
Unfortunately, with such an over-active mind I have major issues with getting distracted and not following through. I procrastinate like crazy and don’t like doing small, uninteresting tasks. Case in point: As I was trying to draft this goddamn post I kept getting sidetracked by 101 things. 🙄
Yet, when I’ve got a clear goal and a deadline, I can sit my ass down and focus until I get it done. I legit go into a crazy state of flow. 🤩 This often happens during pitch competitions and hackathons. It’s actually pretty amazing seeing the kind of shit I can come up with when I’m under pressure.
So… I learned that I need to create those deadlines and a sense of urgency, and just keep myself accountable. If I don’t have the self-discipline, I can ask people to be my accountability buddy and give me a kick up the ass. I’m so grateful that whenever I’m in a group situation, there’s always someone who keeps us on track with all the tiny details and deadlines, whilst I’m just like ooh let’s do this let’s do that wait what’s happening when?? Oh shit, we only have how much time left?! 😳
I’d done these tests many times before but never really made much use of them. It was just like “oooooh, how accurate hahaha” and then I didn’t think much of it after. But now I realise how valuable they are in shaping my everyday interactions with other people, especially those that I have to work closely with. It’s super useful in figuring out how we can complement each others’ strengths and weaknesses.
With the DISC profile, I’d done the test at least two times before but only recently realised its usefulness from a sales and marketing meetup run by the awesome Edward Zia. It was fascinating to learn how understanding the various personality types allows you to tailor your communication strategy with customers because each one has a preferred way of receiving information:
Dominance (‘Director’) – wanna get results so they’re hella impatient and want you to cut to the chase, spare them the details ➡ get to the point
Influence (‘Socialiser’) – engaging and talkative, likes to have fun, loves friendly conversation and doesn’t like routine ➡ have fun and get to know them
Steadiness (‘Relater’) – slow-paced and relaxed, great listeners, don’t like people that are pushy, care about other people’s feelings ➡ like testimonials
Conscientiousness (‘Thinker’) – loves logic and process, doesn’t like ambiguity or too much talk ➡ give them the details, steps and processes
Interestingly, I found out that I can be a D or I depending on the context. If I’m in a social setting, I’m an I because I love having friendly conversations and learning about others. Yet, when I’m in a work setting, I’m a D as I prefer for people to cut to the chase so I can get shit done. Hence I find myself getting surprised at how curt I can get with my team members at times, cos I’m usually so patient and don’t mind letting people ramble on. Soz y’all. 😅
As I said, bloody fascinating. Give it a shot and see what you can learn about yourself. 😉