On the suggestion of our very own DC Darlin’, I recently took a character analysis test to define my top ranking personality characteristics. I, for one, find it incredibly difficult to analyze ones ownself, however I’d like to think that this test in some indication of the truth. I will say, for the record, that I did opt for what is deemed the ‘brief version.’ So, without further ado, my results!
Your Top Character Strength
Curiosity [interest, novelty-seeking, openness to experience]
Taking an interest in all of ongoing experience for its own sake; finding subjects and topics fascinating; exploring and discovering
Curiosity and interest in the world – You are curious about everything. You are always asking questions, and you find all subjects and topics fascinating. You like exploration and discovery.
Your Second Character Strength Perspective [wisdom]
Being able to provide wise counsel to others; having ways of looking at the world that make sense to oneself and to other people
Perspective (wisdom) – Although you may not think of yourself as wise, your friends hold this view of you. They value your perspective on matters and turn to you for advice. You have a way of looking at the world that makes sense to others and to yourself.
Your Third Character Strength
Integrity [authenticity, honesty]
Speaking the truth but more broadly presenting oneself in a genuine way; being without pretense; taking responsibility for one’s feelings and actions
Honesty, authenticity, and genuineness – You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a “real” person.
Your Fourth Character Strength
Valuing close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated; being close to people
Capacity to love and be loved – You value close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated. The people to whom you feel most close are the same people who feel most close to you.
Your Fifth Character Strength
Kindness [generosity, nurturance, care, compassion, altruistic love, “niceness”]
Doing favors and good deedsFOR others; helping them; taking care of them Kindness and generosity
You are kind and generous to others, and you are never too busy to do a favor. You enjoy doing good deeds FOR others, even if you do not know them well.
What I find interesting, and relevant as of late, is that my number one indicates curiosity. The eternal student. I’ve spent most of my life actually enrolled as a student, grade school, middle, high, college AND Masters—finishing all shiny and educated (and in major debt) at the ripe young age of 24. I remember the unbeleivably amazing feeling of receiving my last degree; crossing the finish line to accomplishment! But even more so, I remember the moment I realized that regardless of my enrollment status and tax withholding, I will never escape the ever-exciting and ever-frustrating realities of being a student. No, I’m not referring to the hundreds of dollars I’m paying in student loans every single month (although that is a nice little reminder). I’m referring to the realization that every day creates challenges and new opportunities to learn. Not all that hippie ‘student-at-life’ crap—although I would like to think of myself as open and welcoming of such—-but rather the hard smack realization that all that schooling only taught me enough to get me through graduation. The world—and my profession even more so—is everchanging every single day. As I get older, I realize it’s more difficult to be apprised to ‘pop culture’, new tactics, technologies, etc., and so on and so forth. All I can say is thank goodness for Amazon and its top rated used book sellers. 🙂
More to come on this topic as I engage in further curiosity and learning.