Who I am – Some personality test results

I’ve done a few personality quiz like things for various reasons recently. I thought it would be fun to document them on this blog. Personally I think the strength finder’s results are most interesting  I don’t think I’ve learnt anything new from these results, and where things are not what I expected I think they are just incorrect.
This is from an older version of  http://www.strengthfinder.com/ and the book Now, discover your strengths. I had to take this as part of an HTB leadership course. Its quite good. The questions are not opposites ( I like people vs I don’t like people) and there are a lot of them which makes me feel that it actually discovers a pattern in my answers rather then merely allowing me to influence the results (eg, I’ve decided I’m extroverted). The purpose of this test is to find the underlying talent themes which the book says you can use to build and pursue your strengths with.
Your Signature Themes

Many years of research conducted by The Gallup Organization suggest that the most effective people are those who understand their strengths and behaviors. These people are best able to develop strategies to meet and exceed the demands of their daily lives, their careers, and their families.

A review of the knowledge and skills you have acquired can provide a basic sense of your abilities, but an awareness and understanding of your natural talents will provide true insight into the core reasons behind your consistent successes.

Your Signature Themes report presents your five most dominant themes of talent, in the rank order revealed by your responses to StrengthsFinder. Of the 34 themes measured, these are your “top five.”

Your Signature Themes are very important in maximizing the talents that lead to your successes. By focusing on your Signature Themes, separately and in combination, you can identify your talents, build them into strengths, and enjoy personal and career success through consistent, near-perfect performance.


You are fascinated by ideas. What is an idea? An idea is a concept, the best explanation of the most events. You are delighted when you discover beneath the complex surface an elegantly simple concept to explain why things are the way they are. An idea is a connection. Yours is the kind of mind that is always looking for connections, and so you are intrigued when seemingly disparate phenomena can be linked by an obscure connection. An idea is a new perspective on familiar challenges. You revel in taking the world we all know and turning it around so we can view it from a strange but strangely enlightening angle. You love all these ideas because they are profound, because they are novel, because they are clarifying, because they are contrary, because they are bizarre. For all these reasons you derive a jolt of energy whenever a new idea occurs to you. Others may label you creative or original or conceptual or even smart. Perhaps you are all of these. Who can be sure? What you are sure of is that ideas are thrilling. And on most days this is enough.


The Strategic theme enables you to sort through the clutter and find the best route. It is not a skill that can be taught. It is a distinct way of thinking, a special perspective on the world at large. This perspective allows you to see patterns where others simply see complexity. Mindful of these patterns, you play out alternative scenarios, always asking, “What if this happened? Okay, well what if this happened?” This recurring question helps you see around the next corner. There you can evaluate accurately the potential obstacles. Guided by where you see each path leading, you start to make selections. You discard the paths that lead nowhere. You discard the paths that lead straight into resistance. You discard the paths that lead into a fog of confusion. You cull and make selections until you arrive at the chosen path—your strategy. Armed with your strategy, you strike forward. This is your Strategic theme at work: “What if?” Select. Strike.


Your Individualization theme leads you to be intrigued by the unique qualities of each person. You are impatient with generalizations or “types” because you don’t want to obscure what is special and distinct about each person. Instead, you focus on the differences between individuals. You instinctively observe each person’s style, each person’s motivation, how each thinks, and how each builds relationships. You hear the one-of-a-kind stories in each person’s life. This theme explains why you pick your friends just the right birthday gift, why you know that one person prefers praise in public and another detests it, and why you tailor your teaching style to accommodate one person’s need to be shown and another’s desire to “figure it out as I go.” Because you are such a keen observer of other people’s strengths, you can draw out the best in each person. This Individualization theme also helps you build productive teams. While some search around for the perfect team “structure” or “process,” you know instinctively that the secret to great teams is casting by individual strengths so that everyone can do a lot of what they do well.


Command leads you to take charge. Unlike some people, you feel no discomfort with imposing your views on others. On the contrary, once your opinion is formed, you need to share it with others. Once your goal is set, you feel restless until you have aligned others with you. You are not frightened by confrontation; rather, you know that confrontation is the first step toward resolution. Whereas others may avoid facing up to life’s unpleasantness, you feel compelled to present the facts or the truth, no matter how unpleasant it may be. You need things to be clear between people and challenge them to be clear-eyed and honest. You push them to take risks. You may even intimidate them. And while some may resent this, labeling you opinionated, they often willingly hand you the reins. People are drawn toward those who take a stance and ask them to move in a certain direction. Therefore, people will be drawn to you. You have presence. You have Command.


You like to explain, to describe, to host, to speak in public, and to write. This is your Communication theme at work. Ideas are a dry beginning. Events are static. You feel a need to bring them to life, to energize them, to make them exciting and vivid. And so you turn events into stories and practice telling them. You take the dry idea and enliven it with images and examples and metaphors. You believe that most people have a very short attention span. They are bombarded by information, but very little of it survives. You want your information—whether an idea, an event, a product’s features and benefits, a discovery, or a lesson—to survive. You want to divert their attention toward you and then capture it, lock it in. This is what drives your hunt for the perfect phrase. This is what draws you toward dramatic words and powerful word combinations. This is why people like to listen to you. Your word pictures pique their interest, sharpen their world, and inspire them to act.

Jungian Archetypes or Myers Briggs test. Personally I think this test is a little silly. I don’t think its really backed by research but I think its a really good talking point as everyone is into it. The purpose here was originally to put people in different Jobs. I think this is just a good way of categorising people that can be used as conversation starter. Here is my results from somewhere online.


Extravert(22%)  iNtuitive(75%)  iNtuitive  Feeling(38%)  Perceiving(56)%

You have slight preference of Extraversion over Introversion (22%) You have distinctive preference of Intuition over Sensing (75%) You have moderate preference of Feeling over Thinking (38%) You have moderate preference of Perceiving over Judging (56%)

The final one is something we’ve all done in Common Nonsense. Its quite a good test as it has this guy explain everything as you go along. However I felt that I had too strong an ability to influence the results. It feels like this test shows me what I want to say about me more then it does find an underlying personality. (If thats even possible). The purpose of flag page is to discover what you are passionate about (so different to underlying talents). The idea is that if you are doing these things in the flag you’ll be happier. Whilst there is quite a bit more text describing me, I feel they might be reading too much into my answers and I think some things are just not correct.

The Talent Families that Influence James Most

PeopIe Talent

James has a way with people and is able to get them to warm up to him easily. He puts out a vibration that says “I like people!” This talent makes him attractive to others and they want to include him in their lives.  People that have a large blue segment, like James, are rarely lonely.

Task Talents

James’s large green segment indicates that he enjoys getting involved in projects and improving the task at hand. Since he excels in the area of Tasks, he has the ability to be good at any technical work where hands on’ control of the job makes it turn out better.

To get a concise picture of James’s great People and Task Talents, here are some expressions that sum up the essence of each motivation found in Jamess Talents list.

People Talents

– Out to change the world

– Everyone is always welcome

– Loyal & true to a chosen few

– Always willing to hear you out

– Genuine 8 fair always

– Feeling what everyone feels

– The keen observer

– Compassion to go

– Thinking of you


– Searching for the truth

– Good at almost anything

– Standing out from the pack

– Stand on your own two feet

James’ Home Country

Control Country is James’s Home Country where he substantially voted 138 for the land of confidence and achievement. This is the country where the residents have the ability to lead groups, businesses and teams. James is very sure of himself so he focuses on what needs to be done and does whatever it takes to accomplish the task. He is always interested in the bottom line so he is quick to get to the point of what he is saying. His natural sense for when to take charge of a project makes it possible for him to overcome any obstacles by focusing directly on the objective. Since he accomplishes so much, he wants people to notice and appreciate the things that he does.

James’s Adopted Country

James voted for Peace Country as his Adopted Country with 104 votes, thereby making a statement that Peace Country is like a second home to him. He values good relationships with people in his life who are pleasant to be around. He visits Peace Country whenever he is looking for tranquillity and harmony in his surroundings He gets along with Peace people very well and respects them for who they are just as he wants to be respected.

James’ Top Motivations

Out of 56 positive character motivation choices, James turned down 51 to pick his top 5. For this reason, these 5 motivations, which compel him to live out his daily life, are the key to his happiness. James’s Independence allows him to keep his distance from people who are too needy. Being Independent also enables him to detach himself from those who might prove to be emotionally painful and troublesome, When doing work, he is most productive when he’s working alone. James Is a Deep Thinker who always analyses every situation from all possible angles, This talent for Thinking Deeply drives him to find answers to life questions. He compares issues, behaviour and situations so he can make the best decision. James can’t tolerate a phony and he always chooses genuine people as friends. Being Sincere at Heart causes him to immediately sense who is real and who is not Since he loves being Sincere, he wants the best for everyone, and strives to be fair and honest in everything he does.

When James’s motivations combine, they create o set of different talents which enhance his abilities arid allow him to do great things. James spends a significant amount of time thinking about how he con become more independent ai how to complete a task without help. James is in touch with how people treat him. He spends many hours thinking about people who are close to him and how they make him feel. When people come to James with a problem, he always gives his honest opinion so he can steer them in the right direction.

A minor one but I think my Love Languages are Touch and Quality Time. Couldn’t care less about Acts of Service, Words of affirmation or gifts.

What do you think of these? Think these kinds of quizzes reveal anything useful? Anyone who knows me think these are right?