My wife loves taking personality tests and she often gets me to take them with her. I don’t enjoy them quite as much as she does, but I admit that I’ve learned a lot about myself in the process, as well as about her. It’s a lot of fun to see how closely the various tests get it right when it comes to how we view things and think about various issues. Personality tests are very popular right now, but they’ve been around for a long time. Even the Green physician Hippocrates believed that humans could be divided into four basic personality types. The types were distinct while at the same time overlapping with each other.
So personality tests aren’t new. The more popular ones are the Myers-Briggs, the DISC Assessment, and more recently, the complicated Enneagram test. I really like the simple ones that tell you something about yourself by asking just one question. For example, how do you see the image below. Is the man inside the house or outside the house? Or is he both in the house and out of the house? How you answer reveals your personality.
If He Is Inside the House
If you see the man as being inside his house, you don’t like conflict and you try to avoid it, whatever you have to do. You’d prefer to not even have a conversation with a person if it means avoiding an argument or fight. You don’t lack courage, however. If you see two people fighting, you’ll try to break it up and help them make peace with each other.
If He Is Outside the House
If the man you see is sitting outside of the house, you’re a person who appreciates honesty in yourself and other people. You’re a determined person and you intend to do what you want to do no matter what anyone says. This may sometimes get you into trouble, but it’s worth it to you to remain independent and be your own person. You like to have a clear conscious and you see things as black and white.
If He Is Both Inside and Outside the House
If you see the man both inside and outside the house, you’re a creative person who likes to do their own thing. Like a phoenix, you rise out of the ashes and find a way to find success. Choosing between the hard way and the easy way is an easy choice for you. You’ll always take the more difficult but more interesting way. You have a sharp mind and love making a difference.