Know Thyself (Take a Personality Test) & Ambiverts

Would you like to know if you’re a high performer?

Although you may already have a pretty good idea about yourself whether you’re a high performer or not, a personality test may further assist you finding more about you.

Besides, it makes for an interesting read!

So, that’s what I did.

I had some baseline of self-knowledge.

But I also wanted to take a personality test to see what it has to say about me that I wasn’t aware of.

You can take a free test here.

I also wanted to understand when someone said, “I’m xxxx type”, what she actually meant.

To my dismay though, each time I took the test, I got a different result!

How can it be?

Am I just an oddball or what? (quite possible!)

Over several months, I took the test 3 times.

One time, the test showed I was more introverted. Other times, extroverted.


I’ve come to the conclusion that the personality test is flawed.

I noticed that the result largely depended on my mood and the life situations I was in at the time of taking the test.

Bear in mind though that introverted vs extroverted is only one trait of the personality test.

Which means it’s still worthwhile to do.

Before I took the test, I always thought I was somewhat a little bit of both introvert and extrovert.

I prefer alone time. I like doing my own thing.

But I also love being around people. I don’t necessarily feel drained by social interaction.

On the contrary, good company of friends and family energises me. Even strangers. Oh, yes I love talking to strangers. It’s so refreshing.

So I was puzzled by the conflicting result each time I took the test.


Enter ambivert.

Now a mystery solved!: thanks to Forbes’ article, “9 Signs That You’re An Ambivert”.

According to the article, if most of the below 9 signs apply to you, you’re likely an ambivert.

1. I can perform tasks alone or in a group. I don’t have much preference either way.

2. Social settings don’t make me uncomfortable, but I tire of being around people too much.

3. Being the center of attention is fun for me, but I don’t like it to last.

4. Some people think I’m quiet, while others think I’m highly social.

5. I don’t always need to be moving, but too much down time leaves me feeling bored.

6. I can get lost in my own thoughts just as easily as I can lose myself in a conversation.

7. Small talk doesn’t make me uncomfortable, but it does get boring.

8. When it comes to trusting other people, sometimes I’m skeptical, and other times, I dive right in.

9. If I spend too much time alone, I get bored, yet too much time around other people leaves me feeling drained. My doubt about the personality test was valid, after all.

I’m definitely an ambivert.

How about you?

High Performer and Self-Awareness

It’s been said that highly successful people are very self-aware.

The article above echoes the same point:

TalentSmart has conducted research with over a million people and found that those in the upper echelon of performance at work also tend to be highly self-aware (90% of them, in fact).

90% is huge.

It illustrates the importance of being self-aware, yet again.

Another thing to note is that being an introvert or an extrovert doesn’t have anything to do with being more or less confident, more or less friendly or more or less capable.

It’s just about what naturally makes you feel more comfortable.

Final Thoughts

Although I feel the personality test is flawed, it does give you a chance to examine your tendencies and preferences.

If you want to explore more about yourself, I have perfect questions for self-discovery.

Or would you like to evaluate yourself and your life at this particular moment in time? You can do so with these questions.

Self-discovery is a fun game to play with yourself and an excellent way to start living an intentional life.

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