Oxford considers personality to be a combination of characteristics. But it’s much more than that, isn’t it? You’re more than your fascinating qualities, and the boring people are more than their boring characteristics as well, yes? Indeed, famous people are famous for more than their personality – but that won’t stop the disconnects from existing.
One disconnect between fame and what we see in the ease of technology is the assumption that they didn’t work for their fortune or fame. How do we know what they did if we weren’t present with them – at all times? Even twins don’t experience the same reality, no matter how alike their personalities are, since they’re not in the same body space or head space.
Coming back to traditional personality, let’s explore the assessed personality. Thought has its’ place and it’s marvelous. A thought habit and our preference of thinking both serve their purposes all the same. Personally, I find that the MBTI is a great way of measuring thought preferences, but not personality type.
After a few years of exploring the MBTI and other assessments, that’s the conclusion I came to about it. That it’s a great way to measure your preference but not personality type. The dichotomy is a flawed system by nature but Jung’s Cognitive Functions are overlooked in the process. You can find them attached to any of the 16 personality types.
MBTI was developed from Jung’s Cognitive Functions, and it correlates with the DISC assessment. Both of these also correlate with the four temperaments, which also correlates with the big 5 or sloan. Of all of these studies, the big 5 has a body of research behind it. Since they all correlate, you can discern what you will. Here’s how they correlate. Here’s SLOAN or OCEAN’s correlation.
Questioning and Further Learning
If you’re serious about questioning the research behind the Big 5, someone was kind enough to lay it out here. If this appeals to you, know that there is an academic field of personality. If you’d like to test for one or several I’ll list them out at the bottom of this post.
I stick to free resources when I can, but I’ve had the privilege of receiving the opportunity to utilize StrengthsFinder for free in the past. It’s useful, and when combined with other suggestions, can offer further insight.
All of this can lead to decisive action but only if you choose to act on it. The only way to know for sure about any suggestions is to experiment for yourself after the options are boiled down to so many.
The following are free at the time of writing. I retest in PersonalityMax and DISC once a year at different times. DISC correlates to temperament as Choleric (D), Sanguine (I), Phlegmatic (S) and Melancholy (C) as previously observed.
PersonalityMax (MBTI, multiple intelligences, brain hemispheres, learning styles and Jung’s Cognitive Functions)
Big 5 (research backed but correlates with the others the same)
Type as a label is broken. As a tool for understanding others and yourself it’s totally useful. It’s my hope that this helps in your journey of self awareness and, of course, critical thinking.