How would you describe yourself? Would other people agree? Today’s blog is about finding out what type of personality you have…
A Clash of Personalities!
I walked into the office to a rather heated debate last week! Two teachers were talking about their different students’ and had somehow managed to get themselves into an argument about personalities…
“I think people can change their personality if they want to.”
“That’s a nice idea but it’s not possible. You’re born with a certain personality; even babies have different personalities.”
“So, you think that people can never change? That’s pretty narrow-minded!”
“Personality is a part of who you are, you can’t change that!”
“Anyone could change their personality – it’s all about decisions that you make!”
“You’re wrong! I’m a certain type of person and no matter what decisions I make, I will still be that person…”
Things were escalating but no one was winning. Both of them were convinced they were right! I waded in (with my authoritative doctor tone) in an attempt to diffuse the situation; and it seemed to work!
I explained something that I remember being taught in psychiatry lessons:
Most psychologists say that attitudes and beliefs can change but personality doesn’t change very much after adolescence. Somehow our genetics and early life experiences fuse into our personality and temperament that is set for the rest of our lives. We can make decisions about what we do but our core personality traits remain stuck.
What’s your personality?
Lots of people must be interested in finding out about themselves; if you search Amazon there are over 20,000 books on personality for sale! Clearly not everyone agrees that our personality is ‘set in stone’ as many of the books offer ways that we can improve or change our personality.
I remember some friends telling me to about a personality theory that they had read about. The theory suggested that everyone is grouped into one of four “personality types” (or colours). Have a read about it here for yourself and see if whether it works for you. Apparently I’m a blue person…
No one likes the feeling of being ‘pigeon-holed’ or ‘put into a box’. For this reason, I hate a lot of personality theories (especially the colour theory)! We all react differently in different situations! But there is no denying it: people do have different ‘personalities’: Some people tend to be creative and outgoing, others are more reserved and thoughtful.
After years of research, psychologists have now come up with what they think is the best way to measure personality: the ‘Big Five’ Personality Test. Test yourself online and see what you find out about yourself!
If you’re over 18, you can take part in BBC’s Big Personality Test – it is excellent and I highly recommend it!
Did it work for you?
For me, the results from the ‘Big Five’ personality test are a good reflection of the kind of person I think I am. So I confess, there must be something in personality testing. But are we being truthful about ourselves? The BBC has done a huge online survey of the people’s personalities. See how you compare with the rest of the country (or even take part in the survey) by clicking here.
Here’s something to try to see if you really know yourself: get someone else to do your personality test for you! See if the results are similar. Do they see you differently to how you see yourself? My only advice would be to choose who you ask wisely…
Find out more:
Test the personality of a blog!: http://www.typealyzer.com/
Find out more about the ‘Big Five’ Personality Test Here: http://psychology.about.com/od/personalitydevelopment/a/bigfive.htm
The BBC’s ‘Big Personality Test’ is a great site with its own ‘Big Five’ Personality Test: https://www.bbc.co.uk/labuk/experiments/personality/