Turns out I’m an extrovert, a planner, an ideas person and someone who’s led by my head, not my heart. (The latter surprises me!) At least, that’s what the results of a BBC quiz—based on psychologists’ personality-type theory—tell me. (I discovered it via HealthBolt.)
What’s your personality like? Whether the quiz pegs you as a go-getter, a realist, a strategist or a leader, however, recognize that you can change.
A fascinating article by Kathleen McGowan on psychologytoday.com suggests that, although we may be hardwired to behave in certain ways, we can learn new tricks. Specifically, psychologists now realize that we can gradually take on character traits such as integrity, loyalty, kindness, extroversion and vitality by adopting them as habits.
McGowan notes that “courage, joy, passion, and optimism are among the more amenable to cultivation, but each requires mastering a different—and sometimes surprising—set of skills. To bring more joy and passion into your life, you must paradoxically be more open to experiencing sadness, anxiety, and fear.”
This makes a lot of sense to me, but as my personality-test results indicate, I’m all about taking the leap for big ideas.
What about you? What personality trait would you like to acquire?