The Personality Test

 

Ever done a personality test? Not a test from buzzfeed, that tells you what kind of a sandwich you would be, but an actual one.

I’m always up for analysing anything at all, so getting a chance to understand myself a little bit better is intriguing to me. I never miss a chance to fill out a personality test, but I often find the results very generic and unspecific. They seem to be on the same level with the newspaper horoscopes. If I answered yes to a question “Do you enjoy doing things with your own hands?” the result of the test will definitely tell me that I’m creative (what a surprise) and I should consider a career as an artist, filmmaker, hairdresser or a lumberjack. Great, thanks.

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A couple of years ago I ran into the 16 personalities test online. We were doing all kinds of tests about what kind of career suits you, what kind of worker you are and what type of personality you have as a part of a career advising module in university. The purpose of the module was to figure out what kind of career path you should go for, which is kind of cruel, considering it was our last year in university and there was no turning back, no matter what you may have found out about yourself.

Anyway, the 16 personalities -test is by far the most accurate personality test I’ve come across. It is so specific, it’s scary. I’ve done the test a few times during these couple of years, in different moments of life, and I have always got the same result, which is a good sign to me. It’s almost like a confidence improving exercise to read about your own personality, especially when it’s as clearly and in-length described as it is with this test. All the things about your own persona, that you thought were different or even abnormal, get an explanation, and you may learn to use as your benefit. Or you can just enjoy it, like I do.

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According to the test, I’m Mediator (INFP, -A/-T). As I’m once again reading through the description of the type, I keep nodding my head. There are several pages to read, so I’m not going to copy them all, but here are some bits I find interesting, revealing and/or comforting:

Mediator personalities are true idealists, always looking for the hint of good in even the worst of people and events, searching for ways to make things better. While they may be perceived as calm, reserved, or even shy, Mediators have an inner flame and passion that can truly shine. Comprising just 4% of the population, the risk of feeling misunderstood is unfortunately high for the Mediator personality type – but when they find like-minded people to spend their time with, the harmony they feel will be a fountain of joy and inspiration.

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If they are not careful, Mediators can lose themselves in their quest for good and neglect the day-to-day upkeep that life demands. Mediators often drift into deep thought, enjoying contemplating the hypothetical and the philosophical more than any other personality type. Left unchecked, Mediators may start to lose touch, withdrawing into “hermit mode”, and it can take a great deal of energy from their friends or partner to bring them back to the real world.

Luckily, like the flowers in spring, Mediator’s affection, creativity, altruism and idealism will always come back, rewarding them and those they love perhaps not with logic and utility, but with a world view that inspires compassion, kindness and beauty.

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As a relationship takes hold, people with the Mediator personality type will show themselves to be passionate, hopeless romantics, while still respecting their partners’ independence. Mediators take the time to understand those they care about, while at the same time helping them to learn, grow and change. While Mediators are well-meaning, not everyone appreciates what can come across as constantly being told that they need to improve – or, put another way, that they’re not good enough.

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Truth to be told, I did this test again today, because I’m once again in the mids of wanting a career change – or more specifically, wanting to begin a career that I’m passionate with. I’m restless with my current situation, and I’m hoping to find something that suits me better and is more than just a job, long-term. That’s why this bit made me chuckle with the sharp accuracy:

As subordinates, Mediators prefer latitude, and would much rather immerse themselves in a project, alone or with a close team, than simply be told what task to do and move on. People with the Mediator personality type aren’t looking for easy, forgettable work that pays the bills, they’re looking for meaningful work that they actually want to think about, and it helps for their managers to frame responsibilities in terms of emotional merit rather than cold rationalization or business for its own sake. Mediators would rather know that their work will help to deliver a service they believe in than to know that the bottom line has been boosted by 3%.

Where Mediators will not thrive is in a high-stress, team-heavy, busy environment that burdens them with bureaucracy and tedium. Mediators need to be able to work with creativity and consideration – high-pressure salespeople they are not. It can be a challenge to avoid these roles, as they are the basis for so much starting work, and it’s often a risk to break away into something less dependable, but more rewarding. To find a career that resonates with Mediators’ values though, that’s more than just a job, sometimes it’s just what needs to be done.

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In the workplace, Mediators face the challenge of taking their work and their profession personally. To Mediators, if it isn’t worth doing, it isn’t really worth doing, and this sense of moral purpose in their work colors everything from how they respond to authority to how they express it. Though the way the Mediator personality type shows through depends on the position, there are a few basic truths about what Mediators seek in the workplace: they value harmony, need an emotional and moral connection to their work, and loathe bureaucratic tedium.

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If you’ve never tried the 16 personalities test, I challenge you to try it! It doesn’t require signing up for anything, it’s free and it only takes about 10 minutes. I hope it makes your Monday a bit more interesting! I’d love to know what kind of results you got, so drop a comment when you’re done!

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PS.

The time is making a fool of me. I visited Santorini months ago and despite of having thousands of photos from the wonderful week, I haven’t been able to put together a post about it. The season has definitely passed now and the days spent under the sun are a distant memory. I don’t want to just forget about my lovely vacation in paradise, but waiting until next year to post some “travel tips” just doesn’t seem right either.

It’s too late to post these as outfit photos either, as the start of November is hardly the right time to talk about linen shirts, denim shorts and sunhats. If those are still relevant where you are, I seriously envy you. But I did like this outfit though.

I was told that I’m going to spend a week in Santorini two days before the flight, and I happened to work long hours on both of those days, therefore I didn’t have time to think about the holiday wardrobe. The night before the early morning flight, with the alarm waiting to go off at 2am, I threw some clothes into the luggage trying not to worry about it too much – bikini should be the most important thing to take with anyway, right? When I unpacked the luggage at the hotel, I laughed. I doubt anyone has ever travelled with such mismatched stuff.

The long linen shirt, that seemed very off at first, turned out be my favourite thing from the luggage of random. As a fair skinned person, I found it to be the perfect thing to wear on the hotter than hot days, as it provided a bit of cover. The hat was ridiculous, as it kept flying off with the wind. Not to self: next time, pack a smaller hat. 

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Linen Shirt – H&M L.O.G.G. Shorts – New Look Bag – Ivana Helsinki (old)

 

 

 

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