On self discovery

ocean-1209762_1920I took the Enneagram test again (I’m a 2w1 if you’re curious). The results are pretty accurate, though I find myself more connected to the INFJ description. Both personality tests have made a big difference in how I perceive and understand myself. As a highly analytical person, I like being able to understand why I approach things a certain way.

As a result, I no longer view myself as a failure, unable to fit into society. I now see myself as a unique individual with much to offer. It’s created peace of mind and self acceptance where there was only self-doubt and insecurity before.

But while personality tests are incredible tools for self discovery, there’s also a flip-side. Early on, I would apply personality types to everything. I would make excuses for myself based on my INFJ status. “I don’t want to do that because I’m an introvert” or “I don’t really get along with that person because they’re so extroverted” are a couple of examples. While these comments may have been true, I was using my personality type to make excuses.

I know how damaging other people’s judgments can be (and it’s made me more aware of how I treat others). People see a quiet person and assume that’s all there is to them. But nothing could be farther from the truth. Yes, I’m quiet and reserved. But dig a little deeper and you’ll discover that my quietness is only a small part of what I have to offer.

That’s the same with everyone. Each individual in this world is incredibly complex. They’re full of amazing potential, unique characteristics and experiences, personal and emotional flaws, powerful strengths, beautiful ideas and dreams, and so much more. We just have to give them a chance to shine.

What do you think?