We decided to take a personality test at work a few weeks ago. On a technology team where I am the only girl, I’m also the only extrovert, and that is the way I like it. I can be the center of attention, as it should be.
I talked Other Half into taking the test the other night. Normally he would be beyond such tomfoolery, but there is nothing on TV right now (even poker is in repeats.) I know this might shock you all, but we’re almost complete opposites. Other Half naturally thinks that his personality is the best. He can't help it, it's his personality. I don’t attach any value judgments on his, or on your personalities for that matter (that's so ENFP.)
I watched him take the test over his shoulder. On the question, Do you think you’re weird, he selected 'no.' I almost laughed out loud. Not only do people think he's weird, some people don't even think he exists!
Afterward, we compared notes. Sure enough under Other Half’s description it said, “You don’t think you are weird, but others find you so.” It also mentioned that he tends to think his way of approaching the world is right and that he is constantly looking to see how all the rest of us can improve. This is true. I am his project. I don’t really like that I’m his improvement project (considering that there’s a faucet that needs installed if he’s looking for a project) but I’ve learned that he thinks he needs a project. Whatever.
In my list were things like “spontaneous, outgoing, empathetic” and then followed by “easily distracted.”
“Wild and crazy, acts without thinking, likely to have or want a tattoo, unprepared, prone to fantasy...”
FINE, be that way.
(I don’t have a tattoo)
(I don’t even WANT a tattoo.)
"Look," Other Half crowed, “Disorganized!” His face beamed with vindication.
"I know. See, I can't help it, it's just my personality. However, just because you don’t value these facets doesn’t mean that they’re not legitimate personality traits that can serve a purpose."
"WHAT? It says irresponsible! No one wants to be irresponsible!"
"No one proudly admits to being irrational!"
"Humph," I said.
So dear reader, do you need a project? Are you prone to fantasy?