I sat there, facing him, arms to my side, waiting for him to finish what he had to say. I may have looked cool on the outside, but inside I was screaming. Please speak faster, I thought to myself. Get to the point already. My god. I could have gone for coffee and back already. Twice. Okay, maybe I exaggerate.
He spoke at a steady pace. He didn’t repeat himself nor say anything that wasn’t necessary. He was quite intelligent actually. Informed. Knowledgeable. Yet, I like it when people get to the point right away. Like now. He spoke some more. Now. He spoke, again. Now. Now. Now. Now.
I’m a Type A personality, sometimes to the extreme. I could give myself a heart attack sometimes. That’s how hard I push myself. I’m also Dominant according to the DISC Personality Profile. I’m also proactive, to the extreme. Ambivert. And I think I’m the Conscientiousness type according to the Big Five personality traits.
My friend, probably a Type B. And most likely Steady according to the DISC Personality Profile. And not really an Extrovert, but definitely not an Introvert.
Having the knowledge of personality types simplifies dealing with people. It allows me to categorize people and group several types together. They’re easier to use on people I don’t have a natural rapport with. When I discover a person’s personality type, I can adapt my style to theirs. It makes interactions a lot easier.
I’ve found that the DISC Personality Profile is the easiest and definitely the most fun to work with. Anthony Robbins has a pretty good online personality test for those who want to give it a try. (https://www.tonyrobbins.com/ue/disc-profile.php)
Below are the descriptions of four personality types. Have fun.
DISC Personality Profile
Interaction with the World
|Six Facets of Extraversion:||Introvert||Ambivert||Extrovert|
|Enthusiasm||Holds down positive feelings||Demonstrates some positive feeling||Shows a lot of positive feelings|
|Sociability||Prefers working alone||Occasionally seeks others||Prefers working with others|
|Energy Mode||Prefers being still in one place||Maintains a moderate activity level||Prefers to be physically active|
|Taking Charge||Prefers being independent of others||Accepts some responsibility for others||Enjoys responsibility of leading others|
|Trusts of Others||Skeptical of others||Is somewhat trusting||Readily trusts others|
|Tact||Speaks without regard for consequences||Exerts moderate care in selecting words||Carefully selects the right words|
|Type A||Type B|
Big Five Personality Traits
|Extraversion||Friendliness, Gregariousness, Assertiveness, Activity Level, Excitement-Seeking, Cheerfulness|
|Agreeableness||Trust, Morality, Altruism, Cooperation, Modesty, Sympathy|
|Conscientiousness||Self-efficiency, Orderliness, Dutifulness, Achievement-striving, Self-discipline, Cautiousness|
|Neuroticism||Anxiety, Anger, Depression, Self-consciousness, Immoderation, Vulnerability|
|Openness to Experience||Imagination, Artistic Interests, Emotionality, Adventurousness, Intellect, Liberalism|