The other day, during some training at work, a colleague and I were given a quick task to do. I think it was a simple version of a test originally devised by Carl Jung, which sorts you into four different personality types – in this case based on two criteria: how introverted/extroverted you are, and whether you make decisions based on logic or emotion.
To nobody’s surprise, I came out as ‘green’ (emotional introvert), which is the group that wants everyone to get along, even if it means not much gets done as a result. Interestingly, after the training, when we challenged the rest of the office to take the same test, it turned out I was the only one who fell in that category. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not… but hey, at least someone’s keeping it friendly.
Here’s a brief summary of the four categories – which one are you?
Yellow – sunny personality, outgoing, easily distracted, wants recognition, needs other people
Red – wants to win, dominant personality, loves a challenge, doesn’t let emotion get in the way
Green – wants harmony, calm in a crisis, indecisive, not good at confrontation
Blue – rational, analytical, likes to plan, can seem negative but just considering all angles
Read more about these categories
Anyway, this was all very interesting, and got me thinking about a few other personality tests we could have taken. And then obviously I had to take all the tests to see if I’d correctly predicted the results. Some of them were quite surprising…
Which Hogwarts house do you belong to?
My prediction: Hufflepuff
Everyone wants to be Gryffindor, obviously – but we can’t all be, or the whole Hogwarts system would fall apart. Hufflepuff values hard work, dedication and loyalty above all else. We don’t get the glory very often, but then we don’t really want it, so that’s okay. I’m actually pretty happy with this result, because it seems there’s less chance of dying horribly (let’s not mention Cedric). And at least I didn’t get Slytherin.
Test taken: http://www.playbuzz.com/emilyz14/the-hogwarts-sorting-quiz-pottermore-version
Which Strictly Come Dancing judge are you?
Interesting – I’d assumed that I’d be Darcey, who always has something nice to say, even to the worst dancers. I know from my theatre reviewing that I always look for the positives first and foremost, and feel mean if I say anything horrible. But I can live with being Len, who’s very fair – as long as you stay on his good side and don’t totally mess up. I probably don’t talk about pickled walnuts enough… but that’s okay, I think.
Test taken: http://www.whatsontv.co.uk/node/226616/take
Which Bennet sister are you?
I was so sure I’d be Jane – the nice one, who just wants everyone to be happy – that I took two different tests, and got Elizabeth both times. But I’m pretty happy with that, as she’s one of my favourite literary heroines. So if anyone needs me, I’ll be taking a turn around the room and waiting for Mr Darcy to turn up on my doorstep to declare his love. That’s how it works, right?
Tests taken: http://www.allthetests.com/quiz09/quiz/1088032658/Pride-and-Prejudice-Which-Bennet-sister-are-you and http://www.ew.com/article/2015/09/23/quiz-which-bennet-sister-are-you
Which Doctor Who are you?
Prediction: er, don’t know… David Tennant?
Result: William Hartnell (the first Doctor)
I really don’t know enough about Doctor Who to accurately predict this one, but it was on TV tonight, so I thought I’d include it. Also I have a bit of a thing for David Tennant, so I was hoping I’d get him, but no such luck. I’m not sure how I feel about my result; apparently the first doctor was difficult to get close to because he seemed kind of rude – but I like the fact that deep down he seems to have had everyone’s best interests at heart. Any Doctor Who fans able to tell me if this is a good result or not?!
Test taken: http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2013/11/personality-quiz-doctor/
Which Friend are you?
This result makes no sense at all, as Phoebe’s probably the character I identify with the least. As much as I love a bit of randomness, I’m nowhere near as impulsive or whacky as she is. And I hate singing in public. So I’m sticking to my original pick of Chandler, who’s famously risk-averse and uses humour to get out of awkward situations, which is much more my style. And hopefully it means I’ll (eventually) meet my perfect partner living right next door, fall in love and live happily ever after…
Test taken: http://www.playbuzz.com/ainhoaa10/which-friends-main-character-are-you
There’s nothing particularly scientific about any of these tests, admittedly, but they’re still fun to do, and interesting for the occasional insight 🙂 How did you do – any surprises?