Personality tests

Summary of all personality tests

  • My strongest traits are in executing and arranging projects and people using full information and data.
  • My biggest weakness is inspirational leadership. Do not expect me to inspire your team as that is highly straining for me.
  • I value commitments, honesty and teamwork.

Mixed results from personality tests:

  • empathy - Strengths finder says I have it, Insights profile says I don’t
  • Lack of humour - I have higher tolerance and enjoyment for humour than any test shows

Insights Discovery

Insights is a personality profiling tool, that categorizes people after filling a personality test and provides info about your strenghts, weaknesses and actionables on how to interact with the person and how the person should interact with others.

It uses color to communicate the different personality types. For example, each color coded personality type acts differently on their good days:

a circle divided in in four sectors, each in a different color with positive adjectives

and bad days:
a circle divided in in four sectors, each in a different color with negative adjectives

My Insights profile

My full Insights profile

I filled the test in October 2022 and got the result of Reforming Observer (blue + red).

It did nailed some of my traits, but I felt it made me look too serious and shy than I really am.

Strategies for communicating with Rota:

  • Be honest, moderately paced, straightforward and open with her.
  • Give her all the facts.
  • Expect her to be concerned and critical at times.
  • Maintain a serious disposition.
  • Approach her in a structured, logical way.
  • Provide information step by step.
  • Find out where you can get the extra information she may require.
  • Organise your thoughts before communicating.
  • Encourage her to consider flexibility and change.
  • Ensure that she understands the rules.
  • Respect her personal experience.
  • Use humour in moderation.

Key Strengths

  • Accuracy.
  • Quiet and conscientious.
  • Good at undertaking routine tasks.
  • Fair mindedness in implementing systems.
  • She is well informed, especially on more technical information.
  • In touch with herself and her world.
  • Usually weighs up all relevant factors before reaching decisions.
  • Honours her commitments.
  • Will work late to get the job done.
  • Does not accept second best.

Key Weaknesses

  • Tends to undervalue the differences in people.
  • Tendency not to act until all the facts are available.
  • Avoids company of those unlike her.
  • Sensitive to criticism of her work.
  • May be slow or unwilling to express her true feelings.
  • Tends to clam up if not encouraged to express herself.
  • May be perceived as being terminally serious.
  • May suppress creativity.
  • Sometimes unwilling to express even important ideas or insights.
  • May hurt others with criticism.

Color Dynamics

My color dynamics show that I use traits I feel confident in and don’t bother much trying to be someone else. (Even so, I secretly thought I would have a completely wild less conscious persona)

How to read your personal profile

three bar charts with Insights profile color bars

Personality style: Reforming Observer Classic

two circles that show the amount of colors dynamic in my personality

About ~80% of the description below feels true.

A capacity for cool emotional detachment makes Rota a good decision maker, because she thinks clearly under pressure. She may need assistance in tapping into her creativity and to bring projects to completion. Although objective, she may be more interested in finding creative solutions to problems than in seeing those solutions become reality. Material wealth may interest her only for the independence it buys and for the additional opportunity it provides for her own private study. She has a creative mind which can be used to bring forward thinking and originality to processes and projects.

Although quiet and reserved, she can articulate well on a subject to which she is devoted. Her desire for privacy sometimes generates a vague feeling in others that there is an unlived life that may be passing her by. Rota gains great pleasure from improving upon existing techniques with the objective of maximising efficiency and cost effectiveness. Her need to detach herself from her emotions allows her to retain objectivity when assisting others in times of stress. She may impress others, albeit unintentionally, by knowing something worthwhile about many things, especially when she speaks about one of her specialised subjects.

Because she relies heavily on logical analysis, she can overlook what matters to others. She uses her thinking to run as much of the world as she can and is in her element when a situation needs to be organised, criticised or regulated. Practical, systematic, thorough and hard working, Rota likes everything to be stated clearly and simply. In her own field she has a leaning towards the technical, but may tend to underestimate her own abilities. She is usually neat, tidy and orderly, both at work and at home. She is seen by others as intellectually independent.

Rota is analytical, impersonal and interested in underlying principles. As she likes conversation to be purposeful, and may argue practicalities to the point of hair-splitting, she tends to be convinced only by reason. Rota’s nature is to observe quietly and she appears to be collecting data on everything. However, when an emergency occurs, she can move swiftly to the root of the problem to deal with it expeditiously. Rota has a gift for seeing the important facts of a situation. She is persevering, with a singleness of purpose that she devotes to long term achievement of the mind. She is an ideal academic who continually seeks knowledge for its own sake.

Unless someone else can put her ideas into practice, they may be lost. She is aesthetically appreciative and values quality. She often sees when colours match or blend and may have a highly developed taste for art, music and food. Her interest lies in seeing possibilities beyond what is already present and known, by using her insight, ingenuity and intellect. When she does need company it may be difficult for her to reach out to people and to overcompensate for this she may retreat even further into herself. She is a good listener, with an ability to talk well when appropriate.

Strenghts finder

In summer 2022 I also filled a personality test - Strengths Finder 2.0.

Strengths Finder’s phylosophy is that you should focus on your top 5-10 strengths. Capilatize and fully embrace them and not focus on your weaknesses.

It also makes categories called domains. Contrary to Insights profile, Stregnths Finder categorizes your strengths, not your personality:

two text boxes with description of what Executing means on the left box and what Influencing means on the right.
two text boxes with description of what Relationship Building means on the left box and what Strategic Thinking means on the right.

My strengths

My full Stregths profile says I am the strongest in execution and the least in influencing:

Line representing the amount of each domain in my strengths

Top strengths

My top 5 strengths are:

  1. Arranger (executing)
  2. Responsibility (executing)
  3. Individualization (relationship building)
  4. Deliberative (executing)
  5. Connectedness (relationship building)

A very stable, strongly purple and blue personality:

An illustration that looks like a DNA sequence with domain colors inside.

All strengths in order

A table with 34 entries, each with a number and name of a strength

  1. Arranger
    People who are especially talented in the Arranger theme can organize, but they also have a flexibility that complements this ability. They like to figure out how all of the pieces and resources can be arranged for maximum productivity.
  2. Responsibility
    People who are especially talented in the Responsibility theme take psychological ownership of what they say they will do. They are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty.
  3. Individualization
    People who are especially talented in the Individualization theme are intrigued with the unique qualities of each person. They have a gift for figuring out how people who are different can work together productively.
  4. Deliberative
    People who are especially talented in the Deliberative theme are best described by the serious care they take in making decisions or choices. They anticipate the obstacles.
  5. Connectedness
    People who are especially talented in the Connectedness theme have faith in the links between all things. They believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has a reason.
  6. Futuristic
    People who are especially talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They inspire others with their visions of the future.
  7. Relator
    People who are especially talented in the Relator theme enjoy close relationships with others. They find deep satisfaction in working hard with friends to achieve a goal.
  8. Harmony
    People who are especially talented in the Harmony theme look for consensus. They don’t enjoy conflict; rather, they seek areas of agreement.
  9. Intellection
    People who are especially talented in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.
  10. Input
    People who are especially talented in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.
  11. Significance
    People who are especially talented in the Significance theme want to be very important in the eyes of others. They are independent and want to be recognized.
  12. Achiever
    People who are especially talented in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and work hard. They take great satisfaction from being busy and productive.
  13. Discipline
    People who are especially talented in the Discipline theme enjoy routine and structure. Their world is best described by the order they create.
  14. Consistency
    People who are especially talented in the Consistency theme are keenly aware of the need to treat people the same. They try to treat everyone in the world with consistency by setting up clear rules and adhering to them.
  15. Adaptability
    People who are especially talented in the Adaptability theme prefer to “go with the flow.” They tend to be “now” people who take things as they come and discover the future one day at a time.
  16. Learner
    People who are especially talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.
  17. Analytical
    People who are especially talented in the Analytical theme search for reasons and causes. They have the ability to think about all the factors that might affect a situation.
  18. Belief
    People who are especially talented in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their life.
  19. Developer
    People who are especially talented in the Developer theme recognize and cultivate the potential in others. They spot the signs of each small improvement and derive satisfaction from these improvements.
  20. Self-Assurance
    People who are especially talented in the Self-Assurance theme feel confident in their ability to manage their own lives. They possess an inner compass that gives them confidence that their decisions are right.
  21. Restorative
    People who are especially talented in the Restorative theme are adept at dealing with problems. They are good at figuring out what is wrong and resolving it.
  22. Focus
    People who are especially talented in the Focus theme can take a direction, follow through, and make the corrections necessary to stay on track. They prioritize, then act.
  23. Communication
    People who are especially talented in the Communication theme generally find it easy to put their thoughts into words. They are good conversationalists and presenters.
  24. Empathy
    People who are especially talented in the Empathy theme can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others’ lives or others’ situations.
  25. Maximizer
    People who are especially talented in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb.
  26. Context
    People who are especially talented in the Context theme enjoy thinking about the past. They understand the present by researching its history.
  27. Strategic
    People who are especially talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.
  28. Command
    People who are especially talented in the Command theme have presence. They can take control of a situation and make decisions.
  29. Includer
    People who are especially talented in the Includer theme are accepting of others. They show awareness of those who feel left out, and make an effort to include them.
  30. Ideation
    People who are especially talented in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.
  31. Activator
    People who are especially talented in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They are often impatient.
  32. Woo
    People who are especially talented in the Woo theme love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over. They derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection with another person.
  33. Positivity
    People who are especially talented in the Positivity theme have an enthusiasm that is contagious. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do.
  34. Competition
    People who are especially talented in the Competition theme measure their progress against the performance of others. They strive to win first place and revel in contests.

The complete list of strengths copied from my all strengths in order report.

Myers & Briggs 16 personalities

The Myers and Briggs 16 personalities is a very popular personality framework probably because it’s free.

I tried a few, and my favourite copy-cat version called 16 personalities comes with a cute illustration style.

This framework categorizes people in 4 preference pairs. Each combination becomes a personality type so that’s why there are 16 of them.

Preference pairs Opposite ways to
Extraversion Introversion direct and receive energy
Sensing iNtuition take in information
Thinking Feeling decide and come to conclusions
Judging Perceiving approach the outside world

My Myers & Briggs personality - executive

Good order is the foundation of all things.

illustration of a woman with glasses, angry look and a ruler in hands and acronym ESTJ-T

16 personalities say I am an ESTJ-T personality type - the executive - with social engagement strategy

The executive is described as traditional, loyal, honest and down to earth:

Executives are classic images of the model citizen: they help their neighbors, uphold the law, and try to make sure that everyone participates in the communities and organizations they hold so dear.

Reading through it, I felt that it did not fully reflect myself (as I do not consider myself traditional and inflexible), but some parts felt accurate.

Weirdly, ~5 years ago when I filled this test I was categorized in a completely different persoanlity type: ENTP - Debater. And also then I did not feel it was accurate.

Principles of you - Seeker

Filled a Principles of You test recommended from SSE Riga application process. Unfortunately, it gave no clear results, but a general sense that I belong on the Seeker island that has such traits as:

  • conceptual
  • tough
  • humble

My main traits were:

  • extremely practical thinker
  • humble self application
  • slightly tough with others