This week in Design Competition we had a workshop with Natasha about different personalities in groups. When we know the group member’s personalities we can take advantage of them and divide the work load according to what tasks are the best suited for each person.
To test our personality traits we did a few little tests in class. The tasks were quite fun and the whole session was pretty easy-going. One of the tasks was to describe your experience at London Met. If you describe it by listing things and events, you may be a “thinker”. If you describe it by telling how you have felt about your time in London Met, you are more “a feeler”. Everyone in my group was a feeler. I didn’t notice the similarity of your ways talk about it before we had to analyze it and Natasha revealed the the thinker/feeler scale.
Another fun task involved skittles. We had to use skittles to form a house. For me it was self-evident to use different colors for different parts. That means I am a “judger” and want to be organized. Some people mix the colors. They are “perceivers”.
After the class, I took the The Myers Briggs Type Indicator test that Natasha mentioned. It is a tool for understanding how your own personality works in different situation, e.g. in a group. The indicator consists of 16 different personality types. My results say that I am a Defender. From the title I wasn’t sure about the result. But when I started reading the definition I noticed that it was very fitting for my personality. Some of the things said correspond precisely to the way I am.
“Defender (ISFJ) personalities (especially Turbulent ones) are often meticulous to the point of perfectionism, and though they procrastinate, they can always be relied on to get the job done on time. Defenders take their responsibilities personally, consistently going above and beyond, doing everything they can to exceed expectations and delight others, at work and at home. Defenders are very imaginative, and use this quality as an accessory to empathy, observing others’ emotional states and seeing things from their perspective. Though possessing the Feeling (F) trait, ISFJs have excellent analytical abilities; though Introverted (I), they have well-developed people skills and robust social relationships; and though they are a Judging (J) type, ISFJs are often receptive to change and new ideas.”
- Reliable and Patient
- Imaginative and Observant
- Loyal and Hard-Working
- Good Practical Skills
- Humble and Shy
- Take Things Too Personally
- Repress Their Feelings
- Overload Themselves
- Reluctant to Change
- Too Altruistic