Chris just got back from his third(!) business trip this month, and honestly, I went a little nutso without him.
Maybe some people are more productive when their partners are traveling, like they finally have time to clean the house without someone being in the way.
Not me. I do my best work when my husband is around, even if he’s in the other room playing video games while I type up a blog post. I’m a classic extrovert, and I’m not myself unless I’m surrounded by people.
Do you like personality tests? I think they’re really fascinating, sometimes silly, and they make me look at who I am as a person and how I react with others.
Here are a few common personality types and what they mean about you.
Extrovert or Introvert
Like I said, I’m a classic extrovert. Generally, extroverts feel happy and energized when they’re around large groups of people. They feel drained, sad, or frustrated when they’re by themselves.
On the other hand, introverts thrive on alone time or in small intimate groups. But they feel drained and agitated around tons of people such as at a noisy party.
Do you lean more toward extrovert or introvert? Does it depend on the situation or who you’re with?
I recently read the popular book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking so that I could better understand my introvert clients. The book was pretty good, but I didn’t like the generalization that extroverts are loud-mouthed braggarts who blurt out whatever pops into their heads. But I can understand how introverts could feel that way after being told all their lives that their introspective natures are holding them back. Check out Quiet if you get a chance.
Type A or Type B
If you’ve spent even a short amount of time on my website, you’ll know I’m a Type A personality. That means I enjoy order, structure, and deadlines. My Ultimate To-Do List worksheet is a perfect visualization of my coaching style and thought process.
Most of my clients are either Type A people who love structure or Type B people who need someone to whip them into shape.
Type B personalities are more free-flowing and laid back. They get stuff done too, but it’s on their own time schedule and without rigidly following a set of rules or guidelines.
When I was in middle school, I was embarrassed by my Type A “goody-goody” attitude, and I even tried to act like a Type B so I could fit in with the chilled-out cool kids. I still shudder at all those hippie tie-dyed shirts I used to wear—so not me!
Are you a Type A or Type B?
Not sure? Here’s an easy way to tell. Let’s say you’re going to backpack through Europe for a month with a group of friends. You have no hotel reservations or set schedule. You’re just going to play it by ear and be open to whatever comes your way.
If this sounds like a wonderful, life-changing adventure, you’re a Type B. If this sounds like your worst nightmare, you’re a Type A. Watch my video about Vacations From Hell to see my Type A personality in full swing.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
For a more in-depth personality assessment, try the Myers-Briggs personality test. Click here to take a free version of the test. There are 16 personality types based on 4 dichotomies: extraversion/introversion, sensing/intuition, thinking/feeling, and judging/perception.
I’ve taken this test many times over the years, and I always end up with the same personality: ENFJ, also known as "The Teacher." This type “finds potential in others and helps them fulfill it.” Good thing I became a life coach. 😉
Apparently, Oprah and Barack Obama are also ENFJs. No pressure, right?
I saw this cute article on the personality types of the Harry Potter characters. I’m Dumbledore, of course, because I totally rock. Which character are you?
Do you like personality tests?
In the comments below, share your personality traits and what they say about you.