• Cerys Taylor

Taking a Personality Test

I’ve seen lots of people take personality tests over the years and I think its so interesting to learn about people in that sort of depth, from a 3rd party rather than the person just telling you trivial piece of information about their lives. I love delving deeper into people.

I thought I’d take a personality test and share it with you to let you know a bit more about me, without me having to come up with random facts that don’t really let you know me as a person really.

I’ve taken this personality test on 16personalities.com before, so I went back to take it again. You answer a few agree/disagree questions about yourself and they tell you what personality type you are. I took this about a year/a year and a half/2 years ago (idk) and interestingly enough, this time round I got a completely different result. That just shows exactly how much I’ve changed in such a short period.


So, the personality type that I got was the “Protagonist Personality (ENFJ, -A/-T)” and I’m gonna tell you a little bit about what that means.


According to the site, protagonists are “natural born leaders, full of passion and charisma. Forming around two percent of the population, they are oftentimes our politicians, our coaches and our teachers, reaching out and inspiring others to achieve and to do good in the world. With a natural confidence that begets influence, Protagonists take a great deal of pride and joy in guiding others to work together to improve themselves and their community.”

I think I’m a pretty good leader, although I’m not convinced about the natural confidence bit. Yes, I have confidence, but that’s been building itself up over the last 2, 3 years. I used to have 0 confidence in myself – but as I said, I’ve changed a lot in the last few years.

The introduction to the personality type then goes on to say “The interest Protagonists have in others is genuine, almost to a fault – when they believe in someone, they can become too involved in the other person’s problems, place too much trust in them. Luckily, this trust tends to be a self-fulfilling prophecy, as Protagonists’ altruism and authenticity inspire those they care about to become better themselves. But if they aren’t careful, they can overextend their optimism, sometimes pushing others further than they’re ready or willing to go.”

I’m a very trusting person, I think I have always been that way. If for some reason I don’t trust you, there’s definitely some reason that you’ve given me not to. I also agree with the next bit, all I want to do with myself is make people happy and help them be the happiest they can be. I’m a good shoulder to cry on, and once you’re done, I’m ready to build you back up and make you believe in yourself again.


In the next section, the site gives you a short list of strengths and weaknesses – this is what they gave me:


Strengths

· Tolerant – Protagonists are true team players, and they recognise that that means listening to other peoples’ opinions, even when they contradict their own. They admit they don’t have all the answers, and are often receptive to dissent, so long as it remains constructive.

· Reliable – The one thing that galls Protagonists the most is the idea of letting down a person or cause they believe in. If it’s possible, Protagonists can always be counted on to see it through.

· Charismatic – Charm and popularity are qualities Protagonists have in spades. They instinctively know how to capture an audience, and pick up on mood and motivation in ways that allow them to communicate with reason, emotion, passion, restraint – whatever the situation calls for. Talented imitators, Protagonists are able to shift their tone and manner to reflect the needs of the audience, while still maintaining their own voice.

· Altruistic – Uniting these qualities is Protagonists’ unyielding desire to do good in and for their communities, be it in their own home or the global stage. Warm and selfless, Protagonists genuinely believe that if they can just bring people together, they can do a world of good.

· Natural Leaders – More than seeking authority themselves, Protagonists often end up in leadership roles at the request of others, cheered on by the many admirers of their strong personality and positive vision.


Weaknesses

· Overly Idealistic – People with the Protagonist personality type can be caught off guard as they find that, through circumstance or nature, or simple misunderstanding, people fight against them and defy the principles they’ve adopted, however well-intentioned they may be. They are more likely to feel pity for this opposition than anger, and can earn a reputation of naïveté.

· Too Selfless – Protagonists can bury themselves in their hopeful promises, feeling others’ problems as their own and striving hard to meet their word. If they aren’t careful, they can spread themselves too thin, and be left unable to help anyone.

· Too Sensitive – While receptive to criticism, seeing it as a tool for leading a better team, it’s easy for Protagonists to take it a little too much to heart. Their sensitivity to others means that Protagonists sometimes feel problems that aren’t their own and try to fix things they can’t fix, worrying if they are doing enough.

· Fluctuating Self-Esteem – Protagonists define their self-esteem by whether they are able to live up to their ideals, and sometimes ask for criticism more out of insecurity than out of confidence, always wondering what they could do better. If they fail to meet a goal or to help someone they said they’d help, their self-confidence will undoubtedly plummet.

· Struggle to Make Tough Decisions – If caught between a rock and a hard place, Protagonists can be stricken with paralysis, imagining all the consequences of their actions, especially if those consequences are humanitarian.


I’d say that these strengths were pretty spot on for me, expect for the charismatic bit. I’m still building my confidence, especially with meeting new people and coming up with things to actually say. I’m not naturally good at speaking to people I don’t know very well unless I’m given a topic which I can talk about. But apart from that, its pretty spot on. All I want is happiness for everyone and you can always rely on me to help you achieve that in any way I can.

Similarly, I’d agree with the weaknesses too, all but one. I do not struggle to make tough decisions. If a decision needs to be made, I’m your gal – I’m good at weighing up the pros and cons from a 3rd party point of view and just getting it done. Indecisive is not a word I’d use to describe myself. Apart from that, yes, 200%. I’m very overly idealistic, very sensitive, selfless and I either think I’m a queen or a rat and there’s no in-between on that.


The next section goes on to talk about the relationships that the personality types are likely to have. I got; “People who share the Protagonist personality type feel most at home when they are in a relationship, and few types are more eager to establish a loving commitment with their chosen partners. Protagonists take dating and relationships seriously, selecting partners with an eye towards the long haul, rather than the more casual approach that might be expected from some types in the Explorer Role group. There’s really no greater joy for Protagonists than to help along the goals of someone they care about, and the interweaving of lives that a committed relationship represents is the perfect opportunity to do just that”

Now, if you know me, you’ll know I’ve been in a relationship for the last 5 years. I’m 19. I think that says it all really.


Next you get to know about friendships (bit of a sore spot for me tbh, but that is another story). 16 personalities says; “People with the Protagonist personality type take genuine pleasure in getting to know other people, and have no trouble talking with people of all types and modes of thought. Even in disagreement, other perspectives are fascinating to Protagonists – though like most people, they connect best with individuals who share their principles and ideals, and types in Diplomat and Analyst Role groups are best able to explore Protagonists’ viewpoints with them, which are simply too idealistic for most. It is with these closest friends that Protagonists will truly open up, keeping their many other connections in a realm of lighthearted but genuine support and encouragement.”

Correct – people are fascinating to me, this is the main reason I’m studying Psychology. I love hearing different people’s opinions and perspectives and having bit in depth talks and debates for hours – I could do that every day for the rest of my life. The site also states that “when it comes to friendships, Protagonists are anything but passive. Protagonists will put active effort into maintaining these connections, viewing them as substantial and important, not something to let slip away through laziness or inattention. While Protagonists enjoy lending this helping hand, other personality types may simply not have the energy or drive to keep up with it – creating further strain, people with the Protagonist personality type can become offended if their efforts aren’t reciprocated when the opportunity arises."

I feel as though this is a huge window into my soul and I want to know why they’re writing about my life please. I will do anything for my friends and when that’s not reciprocated it hurts painfully. I’m that person who will come to you at 4am if you need me, and all I want is for you to love me back.


The site also lets you know what career path you’d be best suited for. Mine aid that “when it comes to finding a career, people with the Protagonist personality type cast their eyes towards anything that lets them do what they love most – helping other people! Lucky for them, people like being helped, and are even willing to pay for it, which means that Protagonists are rarely wanting for inspiration and opportunity in their search for meaningful work. Protagonists take a genuine interest in other people, approaching them with warm sociability and a helpful earnestness that rarely goes unnoticed. Altruistic careers like social and religious work, teaching, counselling, and advising of all sorts are popular avenues, giving people with the Protagonist personality type a chance to help others learn, grow, and become more independent.”

Crazy! I know! The whole reason I took psychology was to graduate with a means to lead me into some avenue to help people. I’m not sure I want to be a counsellor or child psychologist anymore, but I definitely want to help in some way, shape or form. To me, it seems pointless to pursue a career that isn’t helping in some way? Yes, its very important to me to be able to comfortably raise a family (in the far, far future) with minimal financial worry, but I want to do that in a way that’s also giving back, putting positive energy back into the world in some way.


The site also gives you information on what type of parent you’ll be and an opportunity to pay for some extra information, but I’m not paying for more words that just make me go “right!” and I don’t think anyone would be interested in seeing what type of parent I’d be either.


And that’s me – a “Protagonist Personality (ENFJ, -A/-T)”. I hope that was interesting, learning about me in a different way. Click the link here or at the top of the page to go take the quiz yourself and find out your personality! If you do, let me know in a comment either down below or over on my Instagram! I’d love to know more about you guys!

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