Last Saturday I flew down a mountain on a chain of zip-lines. We were instructed on how to brake and given advice on when we should brake (just past those two trees that are like goal posts), and taught hand signals that indicated if we should speed up or slow down as we approached a platform. All I’ll say is that I rode it for all it was worth and by the second to last platform they were taking bets on whether I’d get around to braking or not.
I shared a video on Face Book that received comments that ranged from envy to trepidation. I wondered what makes some of us rush into situations that involves free-fall abandonment, while others follow a more conservative, feet-on-the-ground path.
The other day I listened to a conversation that connected how children eat their Halloween candy to what type of spenders they will be as adults: savers, eat now, go without later, or share generously with others. Then, just this morning, when I went to post this, I saw that Yahoo ran this article.
I’ve read a couple of books and a few articles that evaluated personality types. One based the assessment on the humours of Plato, another translated them into colors—reds are leaders, blues are meticulous, yellows want to have fun, and whites are compassionate. (It is much more involved than that.) There are also personality tests designed specifically for business situations. I have found that the author of each philosophy tends to favor their own personality traits. That is good if they are similar to me, but not so much if they tend to disparage my prime color, humour or type. I like that the world is full of all types: I think each contributes a vital element to society.
Intrigued with the idea, I made my own personality test—one that likes everyone equally. See how you do.
1) When you carved your pumpkin, did you carve one that was
b) gory or gross
c) cute or funny
d) You didn’t carve a pumpkin—but you cleaned up after everyone.
2) When you order ice-cream, do you prefer
a) Vanilla, sometimes with toppings
b) Chocolate (especially with nuts, caramel and/or fudge)
c) Fruit flavors
d) You would rather have brownies.
3) If money were no object, which would you drive:
a) Porsche Cayenne (luxury SUV)
b) Fisker Carma (high-end electric)
c) Bugatti Veyron (you’ll probably never see one on the road)
d) BMW Active Hybrid 750 Li (family car) (and world’s fastest street-legal hybrid)
4) If someone jumped out to scare you, would you
a) Scream, then laugh
b) Scream, then slug them
c) Roll your eyes and tell them to grow up
d) Actually, you’d be the one jumping out to scare
5) You think personality tests are
a) Useful for improving relationships by better understanding a person’s natural tendencies.
b) Offer a fascinating assessment of human nature
c) Amusing, but not life altering
d) At this point, I think I should I clarify that this whole test is bogus.
Scoring: For every a—add one point, for every b—deduct 1 point, for every c—no change in score, for every d—add five the first time, subtract five the second time and after that, make up your own points.