It's probably happened to you before: All of a sudden, everyone seems to be asking you the same question. For me, it's been: "What's your personality type?" I was asked that three times before I gave in and took this free personality test, a version of the Myers-Briggs assessment.
I had taken it previously, about a decade ago, and didn't remember my result at all - quite likely because I was still drinking too much at the time, but personalities change somewhat, too, overtime, so what does it matter.
Here's why I think that taking a fresh look at yourself through one of these standardized tests might be just what you need, if you're currently in recovery:
It will remind you of your strengths and all the things you can do well
This is really the main point I want to make. If you're regularly dealing with negative self-talk and self-doubt, a test like this one might just remind you why we others think you're awesome.
In my experience, I've found that everyone I shared my result with - I'm an ESFP-A, in case you've been wondering - has found the assessment accurate enough and shared with me which part of my analysis they thought resonated the most. (My fave: "No other personality type is as generous with their time and energy as ESFPs when it comes to encouraging others, and no other personality type does it with such irresistible style." Who wouldn't love to hear that about themselves?)
Zooming on what's working instead of what isn't is a key feature of how I work with my clients, and I see the benefits of focusing on strengths instead of weaknesses first-hand and all the time.
It can help you understand yourself a little better
What's not happening a lot in my conversations with clients is root cause analysis, because I firmly believe that we do not need to know why something happened in order to improve our quality of life in the short term.
So for those of you who are into detailed analyses, an extensive personality assessment like this one might shine some light on things that you were previously unaware of, and that could be helpful going forward.
You might feel less alone
Because, clearly, your personality type is a thing. In a way, there are millions more of you out there - how cool is that?
It will provide you with an opportunity to discuss your needs and preferences with others (with scientific back-up!)
Another thing I thought was great about having these test results at my disposal was that I could say to my partner: "See, I'm not making this up, it's quintessential to my personality!" Ha, there really is no arguing with that! ;) Plus, you might even learn something about each other if friends or lovers decide to take the test, too.
It might give you direction
Usually, personality tests include ideas around potential suitable careers and the like - so if you're stuck wondering which type of role might be more fulfilling, taking a look surely can't hurt.
For me, slightly uncannily, it said the following: "ESFPs genuinely enjoy spending time with others and getting to know them, and have a knack for making people happy, even in the most frustrating situations. A good challenge is always appreciated by ESFP personalities, and they make wonderful and inspiring counselors, social workers, personal coaches, and consultants who improve employee or customer satisfaction."
It's a sober activity that won't hurt anyone
If you're wondering how to delay your reaching for a drink in the evening - why not give the test a try and see if you still feel like having one after? It might spark ideas and remind you of your love of scrapbooking. ;)