Believe it or not, you’re a rather complicated cookie. It took more than a few ingredients to come up with your special brew, and dammit if that special concoction doesn’t make life hell, or heaven, or both, or somewhere in between for you at any given point. Whether you believe in nature, nurture, or a strange mixture of the two, you are who you are and you and your surroundings have to deal with that. Energies! Positive and negative influences!
The phase of the moon! Love languages! All that fun stuff either has an effect, or is an effect on or of you being you. It seems like everyone has a preferred way to know themselves, but if you’re anything like me, you can never know yourself quite well enough. (After all, aren’t you always growing? Becoming new?) To me, I quite enjoy the process of finding out about myself. I’m actually very easy to peg as my wife gleefully tells me. (Contrary to her – the Point 5, Fire Tiger, INFJ, Scorpio.)
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The way I see it, there are a few major players in the quest to get to know yourself. Some of these tests take a little time, and for others, it’s as easy as putting in your birthday. I’ll give you the order of tests in easiest to achieve to hardest, so you can get some quick results and satisfy the craving to hack yourself, fast.
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ZODIAC / WESTERN ASTROLOGY
Boom. Just type in your birthday, and it will give you a few common personality traits for yourself. Are they as descript as say, a Myers Briggs? No, they’re not. But you’re also just entering information that any Facebook friend could achieve. Know thyself? Yes, about as well as the nearest “friend” on social media.
SHĒNGXIÀO (CHINESE ZODIAC)
Tie for first. Again, you’re just putting in your birthday. I placed it second because it goes a bit deeper. I’m more of a Chinese Zodiac guy, myself, than a Western Zodiac. I think the Chinese have a touch more insight than those of us in the West. Make sure to dig down to find which of the five earth elements you are. That can have a fairly large effect on your “outcome”.
Whoa! Where’d Level 2 go, right? Yeah, these personality tests seem to take giant leaps in difficulty and effort. The Enneagram is a nine-pointed, interconnected star wherein all of the points are connected. Which point are you? Take the test to find out.
The big one on the list. Myers Briggs is definitely going to be the most precise. It also gives the most descriptive outcomes. Let me explain. The Enneagram provides you with a point number. Unless the person to whom you’re attempting to convey the reason you’re behaving like a nutjob is because you’re a Point 4 knows what a Point 4 is, you’re no better off. However, the Myers Briggs offers four letters as definitions, that at the very least, you can minorly detail, and you can make some headway. For instance, an ENTP stands for: Extroversion, Intuition, Thinking, Perception. That in itself is more telling than a simple number of 1-9. At least in the short-term.
The further you dig, the more descriptive your sign, or point, or type is going to get. For instance, the Zodiac gets deeper when you discover if your sign is masculine or feminine, positive or negative, and active or passive. Shēngxiào, as stated above, deals in earth elements as a secondary descriptor. What’s fun here is that you don’t have to settle on just one. These personality types cover some of the same aspects, but if you find out all of them about yourself, what you’re going to have is a Venn diagram of sorts listing all personality traits. The traits that are thus highlighted by all, or even some, of your discovered personality types will give you the most accurate indication of who you are.I want to be clear. This doesn’t determine who you are. It simply tells you about yourself. You are not defined by your personality types. You define them. When you know what they are, use them to your advantage. Thinking of hiring someone new? Want that person to fit in well with the company ecosystem? Then find out the personality type that is going to do the job best, and mesh well with your, and other employee’s, personalities. That sort of thing.