The other month I was avoiding getting out of bed one morning and decided to take a personality test as I wasn’t sure what personality I was. I took it again a few weeks following and got the same results. So here we are as I was pretty fascinated to read about my personality type.
As background, this free online test is a simplified version of the famed Myers-Briggs theory in which they developed a convenient way to describe the order of each person’s Jungian (from psychologist Carl Gustav Jung) preferences – this is how the four-letter acronyms these tests result in were born.
I’m a Consul. Or ESFJ.
Apparently this personality type makes up 12% of the population and I found the characteristics to be so spot-on! It was such a fun exercise to read through them and think back to times where certain ones were more apparent. Or how I’ve grown to accept and work with some of the traits that trip me up.
Here’s more about my personality type, the Consul:
- Consuls enjoy supporting their friends and loved ones, organizing social gatherings and doing their best to make sure everyone is happy.
- The Consul personality type will base their moral compass on established traditions and laws, upholding authority and rules, rather than drawing their morality from philosophy or mysticism. So true! I love rules and order.
- Consuls love to be of service, enjoying any role that allows them to participate in a meaningful way, so long as they know that they are valued and appreciated. Couldn’t be more true for me. I love to lend a hand. But I do like to be recognized. It’s something I’m trying to get better at lol.
- Consuls truly enjoy hearing about their friends’ relationships and activities, remembering little details and always standing ready to talk things out with warmth and sensitivity. Rings true to what I wrote about last week in this post.
- Being pretty conflict-averse, Consuls spend a lot of their energy establishing social order, and prefer plans and organized events to open-ended activities or spontaneous get-togethers. My closest friends definitely would say this about me! I’m not very spontaneous and I really, really love to have a plan and stick to it. It’s also true for how I travel generally. It is a mix of preparation but then learning to let go and enjoy the journey. (A Consul weakness is inflexibility which has certainly been tough for me to overcome in the past.)
- People with the Consul personality type have a strong sense of responsibility and strive to meet their obligations. Though this may sometimes be more from a sense of social expectations than intrinsic drive. I think this is part of why I can be self employed. I feel a strong sense of duty to the clients who trust me with their brands.
- Valuing stability and security very highly, Consuls are eager to preserve the status quo, which makes them extremely loyal and trustworthy partners and employees. Consuls are true pillars of any groups they belong to – whether it is their family or a community club, people with this personality type can always be relied upon.
- Consuls’ preoccupation with social status and influence, which affects many decisions they make, potentially limiting their creativity and open-mindedness. I can absolutely can think back to many a time in my life when I cared too much about this. (And somewhat recently, too!) This however also makes me a good connector. If you know me IRL you know I am always making intros and wanting to connect others.
- Consul personalities have a strong need to “belong”, and have no problem with small talk or following social cues. True, true, true! I always joke I could talk to a wall if need be!
- Consul personalities can become defensive and hurt if someone, especially a person close to them, criticizes their habits, beliefs or traditions. 100%. I have a hard time with criticism or being rejected. Whether that be by a person, guy or client. Blogging has helped to minimize this though. As I’ve had to employ tactics to focus less on some of the hurtful comments I’ve had over the years.
- Consuls are well-organized, enjoying bringing order and structure to their workplaces. And often work best in environments with clear, predictable hierarchies and tasks. I think anyone who has worked with or for me would agree I love order and organization! It’s also essential to being my own boss.
- Known for their reliability and kindness, Consuls are good at creating and maintaining a secure and stable environment for themselves and their loved ones. Consuls’ dedication is invaluable in many areas, including their own personal growth.
Also, somewhat relatedly, I recently learned that I am an Ambivert! I never felt like I fit the “introvert” or “extrovert” mold. So I was so happy to discover there is a beautiful middle ground. While I love being out and about and socializing (as my Consul status would reinforce), I also live for my alone time. I crave it after weeks that have been too busy and it is also why I don’t mind traveling solo.
Have you guys ever taken a personality test? Did you think it was accurate?
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