As a part of my work in INFO 5050, I took several personality assessments. The results were, in most cases, unsurprising, but I did uncover a few nuggets that I hadn’t considered.
The assessments confirmed that I am an INFJ: Introvert, Intuitive, Feeling, and Judging. I’ve “tested positive” for INFJ before, so this was not a surprise to me. INFJs are introverted, but despite this, are very interested in interacting with people – alternating between being very detached and very involved with the people around them. They tend to be empathetic and intuitive, and are natural advocates.
Visual – Aural – Read/Write – Kinesthetic
My VARK results indicated that I have a multimodal learning preference, preferring aural and kinesthetic learning strategies. This surprised me because I wasn’t initially expecting to be a kinesthetic learner. I am such an avid reader, I certainly expected reading and writing to be a significant part of my learning profile, but I scored zero points in this area. Upon reflection, I realize that I am more of a tinkerer. For example, I rarely use instructional manuals, preferring to just “try it out.”
My Big Five results were high in open-mindedness and negative emotionality and low in conscientiousness, extraversion, and agreeableness. These results were unsurprising, though I might like to work towards increasing my agreeableness score and decreasing my negative emotionality. Altering these tendencies might allow me to improve my relationships and, therefore, my effectiveness at work – both in the classroom and the library.
I do think it is worth noting, however, that while one might assume these scores mean that I am just rather contrary, there is certainly value in having a bit of skepticism. These same tendencies allow me to pause and reflect – and I am not easily taken advantage of. I prefer to think of myself as a questioner and a free thinker, rather than a pessimistic dissenter. (Most of the time, anyway.)