The study of personality is the understanding of one’s self. This isn’t an exhaustive, scientific, or detailed study of personality, but my own brief study and interpretation that I did for fun.
Personalities can be quantified with traits or types. Traits are the different characteristics that make up a personality. Types are grouping similar people together.
There are five commonly described personality traits: openness, extroversion, conscientiousness, agreeableness, and neuroticism. In the chart below I’ve illustrated two opposing expressions of each trait.
We tend to lean towards a certain expression of the trait, although we can also vary between the two approaches and have a more balanced approach. Some traits we express very strongly; others are more flexible. With the following chart, you can rank yourself on your expression of each trait.
Typing often tends to read like fortune telling: vague and not actually that helpful. (Here’s a video for further explanation.) But typing systems can still be fun.
The majority of typing systems group people into four groups. Colors and numbers are commonly used; I’ve used the four classic elements which are also commonly used.
After ranking traits, circle dominant traits on the table. Three on more in a column would indicate that type. Depending on your trait expression, you might find you don’t fit a type or you fit more than one type. We are all unique: grouping into four types is not exact! Use your strongest traits to help narrow it down, or enjoy your unique personality as it is! Most people don’t fit a type exactly and frequently have a strong secondary type as well.
Quizzes are fun, but often unreliable. If you are looking for a detailed quiz, I liked this website the best.
Myers Brigg uses four traits to classify 16 distinct personalities. Here’s an approximation to my own system:
Extraversion or Introversion= Active, Reflective
Sensing or Intuition = Concrete, Abstract
Thinking or Feeling = Independent, Sociable
Judging or Perceiving = Methodical, Spontaneous
Another main typing system is the Enneagram. It’s both complex and vague.
Studying personality can be fun and interesting. It can be helpful by enhancing our understanding of ourselves and enabling us to live true to who we are. But ultimately, we decide who we are. No classification and ranking system can ever truly define us. Genetics and environment provide a background to our personality, but it is the unique choices we make every day that define who we are.