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One Question Personality Test
One Question Personality Test
Would you like to know more about yourself and how you are perceived by others? If you don’t, you should. Why? Because each one of us may be two people: the person we think we are and the person other people think we are.
Wasn’t it Robert Burns, the famous Scottish poet, who said way back in the 1700s – no, although I’m older than dirt, he was not a personal acquaintance – ““O wad some power the giftie gie us, To see oursel's as ithers see us!”
Here is a very simple one-question personality test. All you have to do is answer one simple question. Are you up for it? Okay. This is the scenario:
You have your entire day tomorrow free of any obligation whatsoever. You don’t have to go to work. You don’t have to pick the kids up at school. You don’t have to walk the dog. You don't have to pick up your mother-in-law at the airport. (Just kidding). You don’t have any responsibilities whatsoever.
The Question: What would you like to do most tomorrow?
Below is a list of sixteen choices. Pick the one you would most like to do more than any other. Just one.
Don’t agonize over it. Just choose the one phrase that describes what you would like to do the most tomorrow. Write it down.
• • Organize a class reunion
• • Imagine how the world could be improved
• • Play charades
• • Have a conversation with a friend
• • Be president of a club
• • Contemplate your perfect home
• • Discuss the way things work in the world
• • Play chess
• • Organize a party
• • Help a friend move
• • Participate in an art class
• • Go dancing or to a party
• • Quietly speculate on practical ideas
• • Make a tour of houses
• • Play poker
• • Head out for the country
Ready? Were you choosy? Did you choose a choice?
Do not scroll down until you have chosen your choice.
Now ... read the personality description below the choice you chose. Is that you?
Folks with the same personality
• Organize a class reunion
LEADER / INSTRUCTOR
Outstanding leader with unusual charisma ... influential in groups – able to speak out ... empathic … verbally adept ... likes to plan ahead and have things settled and organized ... usually popular ... excellent companion ... good in people-to-people occupations ... very even-tempered … tries to please others ... possesses well-developed intuition about the motivation of other people … communicates care, concern and willingness to be involved … trustworthy … tolerant of others … even-tempered ... may have natural ability to mimic.
But – may take communication for granted … may idealize relationships.
Frequent Career Choices: Teaching ... Sales ... Marketing ... Drama ... Acting ... Executive ... Manager ... Psychology ... Group Leadership ... Counseling ... Ministry
A prayer for your personality would be: “Lord, please help me to do only what I can and trust you for the rest. Uh … do you mind putting that in writing?”
"I like talking. I didn't know at the time I would have to worry so much about my hair." – Diane Sawyer
• Imagine how the world could be improved
Takes their work very seriously ... makes decisions easily ... enjoys problem-solving ... usually good students ,,, enjoys academic activities ... vivid imaginations ... may be attracted to writing as a profession ... good at public relations ... genuinely enjoys helping others … makes outstanding therapists, counselors, teachers … may have visions or premonitions, even ESP. … likes to please others … master/mistress of the metaphor … expressions of affection may be subtle … most poetic of all 16 types.
But – complicated personality … tends to be very private person … reserved … may be hard to get to know.
Frequent Career Choices: Music ... Art ... Public Relations ... Counseling ... Psychology ... Medicine ... Composition ... Creative Writing
A prayer for your personality would be: “Lord, please help me not to be such a perfectionist. Did I spell that correctly?”
"I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes." – Oprah Winfrey
• Play charades
Everything has significance – life is an exciting drama ... keen and penetrating observer ... very perceptive ... hyper-sensitive and hyper-alert ... enthusiastic, frisky, optimistic ... people-to-people work is essential ... skilled in handling people ... excellent in sales … ingenious and imaginative and can succeed at anything that interests you … enjoys process of creating something but not as interested in follow-through … needs variety and latitude in work … what might be is more fascinating than what is.
But – may be bored easily.
Frequent Career Choices: Sales ... Marketing ... Politics ... Drama ... Acting ... Counseling ... Fund raising ... Ministry
A prayer for your personality would be: “Lord, please help me to keep my mind on one th … Look at that big bird up there … ing at a time.
“We've had cloning in the South for years. It's called cousins.” – Robin Williams
• Have a conversation with a friend
IDEALIST / SEARCHER
Profound sense of honor like Joan of Arc ... life is a serious matter ... willing to make unusual sacrifices for someone or something you believe in ... goes to great lengths to avoid conflict ... facility for languages ... dislikes phone interruptions ... works well alone ... cares deeply about a few special persons or a special cause… may be impatient with routine details … can be outstanding novelists and character actors … demonstrates cool reserve toward others but inside, is anything but distant.
But – often may be seen as reticent, even shy.
Frequent Career Choices: Teaching ... Languages ... Creative writing ... Architecture ... Ministry ... Therapy ... Counseling ... Psychology
A prayer for your personality would be: “Lord, please help me to finish everything that I sta … “
"The pay is good and I can walk to work." – John F. Kennedy
• Be president of a club
FIELD MARSHAL / COMMANDANT
Has a basic need to lead and take charge ... to harness people to goals ... always thoroughly in charge at work or at home ... must always be a reason for doing something ... is a natural organization builder and cannot not lead ... enjoys being an executive or manager and is devoted to jobs ... generally rises to top levels of responsibility ... strong personality ... strong will … ability to visualize where organization is heading and communicate that vision to others … may block out other areas of life for the sake of work
But – may be impatient with errors or mistakes.
Frequent Career Choices: Business ... Goverment ... Military Leadership ... Politics ... Public Speaking ... Entrepreneur ... Project Manager
A prayer for your personality would be: “Lord, please help me slow down and notrushthrough what I do.”
"Be sincere; be brief; be seated."– Franklin D. Roosevelt
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."– Margaret Thatcher
• Contemplate your perfect home
SCIENTIST / BUILDER
Most self-confident of all 16 types and most theoretical – no idea is too far-fetched ... decisions come naturally ...looks to the future rather than the past ... natural brainstormer ... high achiever in school and at work ...loves responding to challenges that require creativity ... may be outstanding in scientific research … may be ruthless in the implementation of new systems … most independent ... authority does not impress you … may seem cold and reserved to others ... emotions are hard to read.
But – can be single-minded … may seem demanding and difficult to satisfy.
Frequent Career Choices: Scientific Consulting ... Financial Consulting ... Systems and Design ... Government ... Research and Development ... Public Speaking
A prayer for your personality would be: “Lord, please keep me open to the ideas of others, wrong though they may be.”
“I have a love interest in every one of my films – a gun.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
• Discuss the way things work in the world
Wants to exercise ingenuity ... always looking for new products, new methods, new activities ... good at analysis and improvising ... can made do with what is on hand ... does not like routine ... needs challenges ... enthusiastic, easy-to-please, gregarious ... laughs easily and often ... usually in good humor ... fascinating conversationalist ... others seek your company ... seldom a conformist … understands "politics" … can be a successful entrepreneur … usually easy-going and seldom critical.
But – may enjoy outwitting the system.
Frequent Career Choices: Leadership ... Business ... Government ... Entrepreneur ... Journalism ... Consulting
A prayer for your personality would be: “Lord, please help me follow established procedures all day. On second thought, I’ll settle for a few minutes.”
"I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I have ever known." – Walt Disney
• Play chess
Great memory ... precision of thought ... capable of great concentration ... excellent teacher ... prizes intelligence in self and others ... impatient with routine details ... architect of ideas and systems as well as buildings … prefers to work quietly without interruption and often alone … driving force is desire to understand the universe … you are the mathematician, the scientist, the philosopher … willing, compliant and easy to live with but reserve may be difficult to penetrate.
But – can be hard taskmaster who is often misunderstood … may be seen as difficult to know.
Frequent Career Choices: Teaching ... Scholarship ... Writing ...Science ... Mathematics ... Architecture ... Research ... Engineering ... Government
A prayer for your personality would be: “Lord, please help me to be less independent, but let me do it my own way.”
"A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have."– Abraham Lincoln
"Instant gratification is not soon enough."– Meryl Streep
• Organize a party
Most sociable ... promoter of harmony ... outgoing personality ... outstanding at selling, teaching, preaching, coaching and supervising … conscientious and orderly and loyal to boss ... wants to be with people ... opinions of others are taken very seriously ... needs to be appreciated ... tends toward service jobs ... has clear-cut sets of values and enjoys rituals ... outgoing in your emotional reactions … are the most sympathetic of all the types … energized by interactions with people … hurt by indifference.
But – may be sentimental and wear your heart on your sleeve.
Frequent Career Choices: Sales ... Helping professions ... Medicine ... Administration ... Teaching ... Drama ... Service occupations
A prayer for your personality would be: “Lord, please give me patience … and give it to me now.”
"I went to high school with Al Capone."– Desi Arnaz
"You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you." – Mary Tyler Moore
• Help a friend move
PROTECTOR / GUARDIAN
Super dependable, devoted and loyal ... has the desire to be of service ... frequently overworked for you will work long hours ... conformist who wants procedures followed ... relates well to people who need you (as in nursing) ... contributions are often taken for granted ... believes work is good and play must be earned … may be unhappy working where rules are constantly changing … enjoys assisting the downtrodden … believes procedures dictated by organizational handbooks are law.
But – in positions of authority may find it difficult to delegate.
Frequent Career Choices: Teaching ... Service occupations ... Medicine ... Social Work ...Ministry ... Health Care
A prayer for your personality would be: “Lord, please help me to be more laid back, and help me to do that exactly right.
"I'm a sort of boy next door. If that boy has a good scriptwriter." – Michael Caine
"I married the first man I ever kissed. When I tell this to my children, they just about throw up." – Barbara Bush
• Participate in an art class
Greatly inclined to the fine arts – art, music and dance ... may be most misunderstood of all the types ... may tend to be reserved and retiring ... longs for the pastoral and natural ... has a remarkable way with animals, even wild animals, as well as small children ... possesses unconditional kindness and sensitivity to the pain and suffering of others ... makes dedicated ministers or veterinarians … optimistic and cheerful … trusting and generous … easily bored and desires excitement, risk or chance.
But – may be a spender rather than a saver.
Frequent Career Choices: Music ... Painting ... Arts ... Craft work ... Rural / Agrarian work ... Construction .. drama
A prayer for your personality would be: “Lord, please help me to stand up for my rights, if you don’t mind my asking.”
"I don't care what you say about me. Just be sure to spell my name wrong."– Barbra Streisand
• Go dancing or to a party
ENTERTAINER / PERFORMER
Smooth, witty, charming, clever, and optimistic ... great fun to be with … avoids being alone ... seeks others whenever possible ... prefers active jobs ... loves working with people ... radiates warmth ... outstanding conversationalist ... sociable and gregarious ... can be very generous ... enjoys life ... creates mood of eat, drink and be merry wherever you go … likely to be dressed in latest fashion … may be impulsive … enjoys entertaining others … especially effective in selling and elementary school teaching.
But – may ignore dark side as long as possible.
Frequent Career Choices: Teaching ... Consulting ... Public Relations ... Politics ... Sales ... Acting
A prayer for your personality would be: “Lord, please help me to take things more seriously, especially parties and dancing.”
"I knew by heart all the dialogue of James Dean's films; I could watch 'Rebel Without a Cause' a hundred times over." – Elvis Presley
"I've only slept with men I've been married to. How many women can make that claim? " – Elizabeth Taylor
• Quietly speculate on practical ideas
Dependable ... your word is your bond ... no-nonsense type ... may be rather quiet and serious at home or at work ... thorough and detailed ... can make sense of difficult figures … makes excellent auditors, accountants and bank examiners ..is not likely to take chances with your own or others’ money … performs duties without fanfare so dedication may go unnoticed and unappreciated … abhors ostentation ... clothes are practical and durable ... communicates message of reliability and stability.
But – may often be seen as having ice in your veins.
Frequent Career Choices: Teaching ... Administration ... Accounting ... Financial Management ... Medicine ... Community Service ... Bookkeeping
A prayer for your personality would be: “Lord, please help me to relax about insignificant details beginning tomorrow at 11:41 a.m. EST.”
"My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother." – George Washington
"Grief is the price we pay for love." – Queen Elizabeth II
• Make a tour of houses
Responsible ... likes to see things done correctly ... outstanding at organizing procedures and rules ... extremely loyal to company ... usually neat and orderly at work and at play ... relatively easy to get to know ... what you seem to be is what you are ... realistic and matter of fact … follows routines ... punctual and expects others to be … tends to have a place for everything and wants everything in its place … may be impatient with those who lack attention to details … comfortable evaluating others.
But – may judge others in terms of SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) and be abrupt to those who do not follow the rules.
Frequent Career Choices: Management ... Administration ... Government ... Sales ... Medicine ... Surgery ... Production ... Construction
A prayer for your personality would be: “Lord, please help me to not try to run everything. But if you need some help, just ask.”
"If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: 'President Can't Swim.'" – Lyndon B. Johnson
"Everybody has a heart. Except some people." – Bette Davis
• Play poker
PROMOTER / NEGOTIATOR
Men and women of action ... resourceful ... great negotiators, entrepreneurs and promoters ... attractive, friendly style ... socially sophisticated ... witty, clever ... fun to be with ... uncanny in your observations of others ... always popular ... knows many people by name ... life is never dull – even the mundane is exciting … when you are present, things begin to happen … may be ruthless pragmatist who believes the end justifies the means … excellent at selling ideas and projects but do not enjoy following through on tedious details.
But – may live in the immediate moment and let others follow through.
Frequent Career Choices: Entrepreneur ... Executive ... Manager ... Performing Arts ... Architecture ... Public Relations ... Marketing
A prayer for your personality would be: “Lord, please help me take responsibility for my own actions, even though they are usually not my fault.”
"I don't make deals for the money. I've got enough, much more than I'll ever need. I do it to do it." – Donald Trump
"The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age." – Lucille Ball
• Head out for the country
Characterized by action ... often fearless and impatient ... thrives on excitement and adventure … craves it every day in the form of fast motion – racing, surfing, biking ... most likely to pit yourself against chance, odds, or fate … it is the process (the doing) that counts … ability to capitalize on mistakes of opponent (like Patton and Rommel in World War II) … may be trusting, receptive and generous … drawn to tools of any kind and the need to manipulate them ... weapons may be especially attractive.
But – may be impulsive.
Frequent Career Choices: Athletics ... Performing Arts ... Crafts ... Construction ... Surgery ... Market Analysis ... Securities ... Statistics
A prayer for your personality would be: “Lord, please help me to consider other people’s feelings, even if most of them are hypersensitive.”
"I want to be a Texan 24 hours a day." – James Dean
"If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun." – Katherine Hepburn
Did your choice of activity lead to an accurate thumbnail description of your personality? Or not? Note: Material based on MBTI – Myers-Briggs Trait Indicator
© Copyright BJ Rakow 2011. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So."
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