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Chapter 2. Can Behaviors Change? > A Personality Quiz

A Personality Quiz

Answer the following questions honestly to determine your starting point.

  If you answered statements 1, 4, 7, 11, and 12 as true and the others false, you are an active initiator who prefers one-on-one interaction. You are a thinker who plans, and you are careful and methodical.

If you answered statements 2, 6, 9, 10, 11, and 13 as true and most others false, you are an active initiator who is sociable and caring. You are a feeler in touch with your emotions, and you value personal relationships and want to please people.

If you answered statements 5, 8, 10, and 14 true and most others false, you are more passive than initiative with people. You are less involved with people and more interested in physical activities. You are a doer who enjoys the pleasure of being active. You are not likely to be comfortable around others when they discuss feelings.

What about statement 3? People who like to eat lunch alone need solitude. Thinkers and some doers often are more withdrawing and involving. This means they are comfortable being alone. Most feelers, many thinkers, and some doers have a greater need to be with people.

Of course, there are many other psychological groupings and sophisticated questionnaires that identify these groups. In this book, we have tried to keep things simple, and limited ourselves to three general groupings: thinkers, feelers, and doers. These three are sufficient to provide insight into some of the most basic automatic behaviors and orientations toward life. Awareness of which group you are in should help you understand why you are more comfortable in certain situations than others. It also helps explain why others often approach life differently than you do.

Each personality type is okay! It is natural to consider the group we identify with as somehow “better” than the others. One type, however, is not better than another; it is simply different. All types are essential, and all make a contribution to life, organizations, and families. Each has different strengths, and each approaches work and life differently. Accepting this reality is an important step toward developing an assertive, win-win approach with others.



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