My personality type is one that loves taking personality tests, or anything that will reveal a little insight into how this crazy all comes together. I have written before about how I can sometimes wear my Myers Briggs type (INTJ) as a badge, and I still do for the most part, but I love being able to add depth (or rather another layer to this stinky onion!) via other tests, etc.
My therapist recently recommended that I take an Enneagram Test. There are many free ones on the interwebs and just to be certain that my (free) results were accurate — I took 3 different ones! And lucky me, all 3 were consistent. Apparently, I am a 1w2 — which means that I am a bossy, cold-hearted perfectionist striving for some greater good in society. Ok, so maybe that’s not exactly what it said, but I did feel like less of a self-righteous, robot drone knowing that my “wing” was a 2. So apparently a (1.) is The Reformer; but a (1.) with a wing of (2.) is The Advocate. (I kind of felt like I was given a super-power when I heard that!) None of this should have been surprising to me as I clearly have a history of cleaning shop where ever I am employed — i.e., you’re going to get fired if you work with me because I see through your B.S. and I can’t stand it. I am seriously co-worker poison! (Just ask the, no-kidding, 5 different people who have been let go mere months after my arrival! That said, my ability to see through B.S. has been a real gift in finding my own replacement! Terrible, I know.)
But one of the funniest and most “insightful” charts I’ve seen to date has to be the very-super-scientific Secret Language birthday chart. The first time I looked up Brad’s birthday and thought it was pretty good. I always feel like these things are so general that you can make just about anything stick. But his did seem to be pretty close to the man I married. Then I looked up my sisters birthday and was thinking that maybe that’s describing her (or maybe she was just born on the wrong day!!). But then I plugged in my own birthday… and that’s when I knew this was the most accurate description I’ve even been given of myself. I am: The Artistic Unsolicited Opinion!!! When those words popped up onto my computer screen I laughed so hard tears came to my eyes and I almost peed a little. I don’t think anyone could have nailed me better than those three little words! All other personality tests be gone — We have a winner!