“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.”
― Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
I’ve always enjoyed taking various personality assessments and learning more about myself. Who can get past knowing what your personality animal is? Or what color you are?
Since I’ve taken the TrueColor™ Assessment I know my color is Green, and since I have taken the Myers-Briggs Personality Type I know I am an ISTJ (also known as a Beaver). I found both of these assessments to be very interesting as they fit my personality well and could tell me about my relationships with people.
I recently had to take a self-assessment for my Marketing Career Preparations Class at Western Technical College. I was looking forward to it, as I do any self-assessment. Like the quote at the top of this page says, when I discover who I am, I’ll be free.
This particular self-assessment was sixty-four statements that we had to rate on a scale of 0 (false) to 10 (true) about ourselves. We were then able to take the scores to see how our beliefs (or choices) effect eight different areas of our lives.
Much to my disappointment, in each of the eight areas, my score “Indicates an area where your choices will sometimes keep you on course.” Since this answer is very middle of the road, it is hard for me to use my scores to learn more about myself or identify areas of improvement.
My top two scores:
- Adopting Lifelong Learning
- Accepting Personal Responsibility
My Lowest two scores:
- Employing Interdependence
- Developing Emotional Intelligence
Looking at my scores this way, they are right on track about what I know about myself. It makes sense that I scored high for adopting lifelong learning, since I am a non-traditional student who already has a bachelor’s and master’s Degree. When I look at my personality traits of being an introvert and valuing logic over emotion, the fact that I need to employ interdependence and emotional intelligence makes perfect sense.
Overall this particular assessment didn’t teach me much about myself; however, it did help confirm what I already knew.