16 Personalities Test: My Profile!

I did the 16 personalities quiz a while ago now, but I recently found my results again and it reminded me of the importance of self-reflection. As part of my job as a midwife, professional and personal development is hugely important, but I also think it's vital for self-growth. 

As part of my health journey I want to become a healthier version of me mentally, as well as physically. Mental health is increasingly important, especially since lockdown has dramatically escalated cases. Although it's only relatively recently been talked about, mental health has always been around, but only now do we place importance on it and recognise it as an illness that needs help.

The 16 Personalities test is a quick 10 minute quiz which allows you to be yourself and answer honestly to find out your personality type. Once processed, you can see detailed results and learn how your personality type influences many areas of your life. Through recognising this, you can grow into the person you want to be by optimising aspects of your life and learning strategies to cope with those areas of struggle. 

When I took the quiz, it came back with the personality type “The Defender”. At first I was a little taken aback by the title, but looking into the traits and actual roles involved, it defintely was something I recognised within myself. The role of sentinel has always had a huge role of mine as the mother of the group, hoping to protect and look after people. I also think I do recognise as a confident individual. I've always been happy in my own space, enjoying me time and I self-acclaim to be brutally honest. The data then split it into individual traits. 

For the Mind category, which determines how we interact with our environment, I came out at 61% introverted. Introverted individuals prefer solitary activities and get exhausted by social interaction. They tend to be quite sensitive to external stimulation (e.g. sound, sight or smell) in general. This is defintely me. As I said, I like to be alone and love chilled days at home. I get headaches really easily with loud noises and have a very sensitive sense of smell. I found strong scents really overwhelming and overpowering. I also like to listen to people more than talk. 

For the Energy category, which shows where we direct our mental energy, I was 84% observant. Observant individuals are highly practical, pragmatic and down-to-earth. They tend to have strong habits and focus on what is happening or has already happened. I think this quite strongly links to healthcare professionals. We are caring and love speaking to others, listening to their stories. 

For Nature, which determines how we make decisions and cope with emotions, I was 68% towards feeling. Feeling individuals are sensitive and emotionally expressive. They are more empathic and less competitive than thinking types, and focus on social harmony and cooperation. I would say the former is me to a tea. I wear my heart of my sleeve, I keep my emotions at the surface and I love talking about the things that matter. I would say I do still have a competitive nature, however I don't really like being arguementative...although I used to as a child!

Tactics is the next category which reflects our approach to work, planning and decision-making. For this I was 92% judging. This is clearly the category that is most skewed one way and it's obvious why when I read the explanation. Judging individuals are decisive, thorough and highly organized. They value clarity, predictability and closure, preferring structure and planning to spontaneity. Yes YES and YES! I love all those things. I love planning, preparing and being organised at all times. The opposite just stresses me out!

Finally, Identity. This one underpins all others, showing how confident we are in our abilities and decisions. I was 68% assertive, over turbulent. Assertive individuals are self-assured, even-tempered and resistant to stress. They refuse to worry too much and do not push themselves too hard when it comes to achieving goals. I have to say I somewhat disagree with this. I feel I am a highly motivated and determined individual, with high goals, for both my personal and professional life. However, I don't get too disheartened if something doesn't go quite to plan which is somewhat what this says I guess. 

Overall, I would say that the profile description is quite accurate for me. I found the test really fun to do and learn about myself. I think it's really good that I have areas I can build upon to become better and more well-rounded, but I feel it also gives me confidence in myself and that I can be true to me, without being self-conscious. Ps. It was until I was getting images for this post that I realised I am literally the epitome of the healthcare professional. If you look at the career image, that's what a defender is!