Sorry, the title just makes me giggle.
So, earlier on this week I took a personality test and I was pleasantly surprised. Don’t worry, this isn’t one of those naff 10 question tests that popped up on Facebook every now and then. This is a whole team of experts who have spent their whole lives researching personality traits and have come up with a thorough testing system that will determine which out of the 16 personalities suits you best. Usually people place personalities in two categories – introvert and extrovert. Technically, that’s not wrong but it’s very generalized. This test goes deeper than that and gives a really specific and detailed explanation of your personality type.
The test is kind of a Myer-Briggs inspired test, but many aspect of this test are very different to their theory. The website I went to is 16 Personalities -and it’s free! I really recommend that you take this test, it was so interesting.
My result was Advocate. Now, according to the report following the test this is a very rare personality type which I found intriguing. The report was broken down in to segments, helping you understand and explore how your personality type affects certain aspects of your life.
Here’s a summary of my report:
The Advocate personality type is very rare, making up less than one percent of the population, but they nonetheless leave their mark on the world. Advocates indeed share a very unique combination of traits: though soft-spoken, they have very strong opinions and will fight tirelessly for an idea they believe in. Advocates will act with creativity, imagination, conviction and sensitivity not to create advantage, but to create balance. Really though, it is most important for Advocates to remember to take care of themselves. The passion of their convictions is perfectly capable of carrying them past their breaking point and if their zeal gets out of hand, they can find themselves exhausted, unhealthy and stressed. This becomes especially apparent when Advocates find themselves up against conflict and criticism – their sensitivity forces them to do everything they can to evade these seemingly personal attacks, but when the circumstances are unavoidable, they can fight back in highly irrational, unhelpful ways. Advocates just need to remember that while they’re busy taking care of the world, they need to take care of themselves, too.
Strengths and Weaknesses:
Creative – Combining a vivid imagination with a strong sense of compassion, Advocates use their creativity to resolve not technical challenges, but human ones.
Inspiring and Convincing – Speaking in human terms, not technical, Advocates have a fluid, inspirational writing style that appeals to the inner idealist in their audience.
Can Burn Out Easily – Their passion, poor patience for routine maintenance, tendency to present themselves as an ideal, and extreme privacy tend to leave Advocates with few options for letting off steam. People with this personality type are likely to exhaust themselves in short order if they don’t find a way to balance their ideals with the realities of day-to-day living.
Sensitive – When someone challenges or criticizes Advocates’ principles or values, they are likely to receive an alarmingly strong response. People with the Advocate personality type are highly vulnerable to criticism and conflict, and questioning their motives is the quickest way to their bad side.
When it comes to romantic relationships, Advocates take the process of finding a partner seriously. Not ones for casual encounters, people with the Advocate personality type instead look for depth and meaning in their relationships. Advocates will take the time necessary to find someone they truly connect with – once they’ve found that someone, their relationships will reach a level of depth and sincerity that most people can only dream of. Advocates aren’t afraid to show their love, and they feel it unconditionally. Relationships with Advocates are not for the uncommitted or the shallow.
From the start, it can be a challenge to get to know Advocates, as they are very private. Advocates don’t readily share their thoughts and feelings, not unless they are comfortable, and since those thoughts and feelings are the basis for Advocate friendships, it can take time and persistence to get to know them. Meanwhile, Advocates are very insightful and have a particular knack for seeing beyond others’ facades, interpreting intent and compatibility quickly and easily. People with the Advocate personality type make supportive companions, encouraging growth and life-enriching experiences with warmth, excitement and care. As trust grows, Advocates will share more of what lies beneath the surface, and if those ideas and motives are mutual, it’s the sort of friendship that will transcend time and distance, lasting a lifetime.
Advocates need to know that what they are doing has meaning, helps people, leads to personal growth and, all the while, is in line with their values, principles and beliefs.
Few personality types are as sensitive and mysterious (hence the title!) as Advocates. Your imagination and empathy make you someone who not only cherishes their integrity and deeply held principles but, unlike many other idealistic types, is also capable of turning those ideals into plans, and executing them.
Yet, as an Advocate, you are likely to be easily tripped up in areas where idealism and determination are more of a liability than an asset. Whether it is navigating interpersonal conflicts, confronting unpleasant facts or pursuing self-realization you may face numerous challenges that at times can even make you question who you really are.
First off – if you actually read all that then thank you! I thought this was really interesting and I really recommend that you take the test. There’s a lot of science behind it, they have got a page on the website dedicated to their theory if you were interested in that workings behind the test. Obviously there were some parts of my report that I wholeheartedly disagree with such as it described me as decisive and anyone who knows me will know that decision making is really not my forte! But overall I was pretty impressed with the similarities I found in the report against myself.
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