An Adventurer’s Personality? Who, me?

I recently took a free online personality test. It was an interesting way to spend a few minutes. It sized me up fairly well on some counts, but I still haven’t figured out how it arrived at the assessment that I have an adventurer’s personality.

The article I read talked about how a writer’s writing process should be designed based on his or her personality. With that in mind, I took the test on https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test and had the following results:

1.  I’m 92% an introvert when it comes to how I interact with my environment. The only surprise there was that it wasn’t 100%!

2.  I spend 55% of my mental energy observing.

3.  I’m slightly more feeling than thinking by nature when making decisions or planning.

4.  I’m evenly split between being “judging” and “prospecting” when it comes to my work, planning, and decision-making tactics.

5.  I am 79% turbulent and 21% assertive in my confidence in my abilities and decisions. The test website said this is my identity and “this tract underpins all others.” That’s spot on!

The “bottom line” was that I have the personality of an adventurer. Say what? I read on because I really don’t see myself as an adventurer. Here’s the introduction to the explanation:

“Adventurer personalities are true artists, but not necessarily in the typical sense where they’re happy out painting little trees…. Rather, it’s that they see aesthetics, design and even their choices and actions to push the limits of social convention. Adventurers enjoy upsetting traditional expectations with experiments in beauty and behavior – chances are, they’ve expressed more than once the phrase, ‘Don’t box me in!’”

It goes on to say that adventurers seem unpredictable and they like risky behaviors.

A ski jumper
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Risky behaviors? The examples given are gambling and extreme sports. No way! I don’t even know how to purchase a lottery ticket, and the most extreme sport I’ve played is basketball.

The website says adventurers don’t take biting criticism well. Yes, that’s me, and it doesn’t bode well for me as I try to get my novel published.

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It said adventurers need to take “time each day to understand their motivations” to allow them “to use their strengths to pursue whatever they’ve come to love.”

It seems, according to the website, I’m charming, sensitive to others, imaginative, passionate, curious, and artistic. I don’t know about charming.

An adventurer’s weaknesses

Now we’ll explore my supposed weaknesses. Apparently, according to the website, I’m fiercely independent, unpredictable, easily stressed, overly competitive, and have fluctuating self-esteem. I’m not sure about being unpredictable. I am independent and easily stressed, but I don’t see myself as overly competitive. Am I?

It says I’m spontaneous and not a good planner. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I love to plan trips down to the nth degree! As I mentioned in my blog post last week, https://janetswritingblog.com/2020/04/20/support-an-independent-bookstore-please/, I plan my blog post topics a year in advance. I make lists. I don’t always follow through with those lists, but I continue to make them. I’m a planner.

Other traits of adventurers

The website says adventurers abide by “live and let live,” but they need lots of personal space and freedom. Yes, that’s me.

It says adventurers make fun parents. I’ve always said God knew what He was doing when he didn’t give me children. I have never had the patience a good parent needs.

In career, it says adventurers are experimenters and trendsetters. That’s so not me! It says in the workplace, an adventurer does not like rules and is a risk taker. That’s not me at all! As a supervisor, it says an adventurer doesn’t like controlling others and often jumps right in to work on a project with subordinates. I think that was the kind of manager I was.

What prompted me to take the personality test

The free online personality test on https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test was recommended by writing coach Jacqueline Myers in her guest post on Janice Hardy’s March 26, 2020 blog, http://blog.janicehardy.com/2020/03/write-happy-4-little-letters-that-will.html.

Quoting from Janice Hardy’s introductory remarks about Jacqueline Myers:  Ms. Myers “coaches writers using a proprietary methodology that helps them overcome their debilitating creative blocks so they can write un-put-down-able books.”

This is very much an over simplification of Ms. Myers’ assessment of an introvert such as myself, but she recommends that writers who are introverts need peace and quiet and uninterrupted writing time. Introverts can’t be rushed when they’re writing. We like plans and outlines.

Thinking about myself, I agree with the uninterrupted part; I easily lose my train of thought if I’m interrupted. However, I usually have music or even the TV playing in the background while I work.

Ms. Myers recommends that an introvert “find a critique partner who understands you and your work. Make sure it’s someone you trust, who will be gentle and honest with you.” I haven’t looked for a critique partner because I have trouble concentrating on the details in someone else’s writing — and I don’t always see the big picture. I would be a terrible critique partner.

After stating her thoughts about many types of writers, Ms. Myers said, “…writers read, study, and listen to writing experts who may or may not be able to help. What we don’t recognize is that we each have our own magical method within us. But instead of trusting and embracing it, we think someone else must have a better system. When we let go of all the complicated and contradictive writing advice out there and tap into our own innate writing process, we can effortlessly write in a way that touches, informs, and entertains our audience.”

I’m still in the phase of reading “how-to” books about writing. I’m constantly learning more about the craft of writing, but I think I have to find my own writing process through trial and error. Sometimes I read conflicting advice but not often.

My conclusion

I will, no doubt, continue to read writing advice written by experts. I will, no doubt, continue to cobble that advice together into future #FixYourNovel blog posts. I will, no doubt, continue to second guess myself and doubt my abilities and talents. When all is said and done, though, I will settle into my unique writing process. Perhaps some day I will trust myself to write the way I want to write and what I want to write.

More about the 16personalities.com personality test

The 16 personalities website goes on to explore “why,” “how,” and “what if?” If you want to learn (or verify) which personality type you are and why you are the way you are, this is a free online test. I am in no way recommending or endorsing the website. In addition to the free test, you can purchase other personality packages on the website. I took the test for fun and that’s as far as I’m going.

Since my last blog post

Since last Monday’s blog post, I’ve accomplished very little. I’ve done some reading and worked on some future blog posts.

I’ve spent more time reading the blogs of other people than I’ve spent reading books. I learn a lot from other bloggers. Like books, many blogs can transport the reader to another world. I follow blogs of artists, poets, photographers, writers, book reviewers, cooks, storytellers, traveloguers, psychologists, pastors, quilters, political commentators, and others who blog about whatever is on their minds. The bloggers I follow live all around the world, and I enjoy the different perspectives each of them offers.

Until my next blog post

Read a good book.

I hope you have productive and creative time. If you’re a writer and you’re struggling with the writing process, perhaps you’re trying to fit a round ball in a square hole. Perhaps you’ve read “how to write” books and articles until you can’t read any more. Perhaps, like me, you just haven’t been able to get your mind off the pandemic long enough to concentrate on finishing that book you started writing a decade ago. Maybe this will be our week to “get our mojo back,” “get back in the groove,” or “get back in ‘the zone.'”

Stay safe and well. Continue to take necessary precautions during this COVID-19 pandemic. If your job is not considered “essential” during this time of staying at home, I hope you find rest. If you have lost your job due to the pandemic, I hope you have adequate food and shelter.

Let’s continue the conversation

Have you taken a personality test? Did it jibe with the way you see yourself? Have you taken the test I wrote about today? If so, did you agree with the findings?

If you’ve been in an artistic slump lately but found your way out of it, please share what you think triggered your motivation to get creative again.

Janet

16 thoughts on “An Adventurer’s Personality? Who, me?

  1. very interesting Janet…I hope you are doing good. We have good news here in Spain as the Prime Minister has said that next Saturday we can be let out to enjoy the sun and to exercise! Thank God! Take good care and all the best,
    Greetings from Spain,
    Francisco

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  2. Hey, Francisco. I saw on TV this weekend that children in Spain were allowed outside with a parent for one hour. They showed small children running and just delighting in being free! It was great to see! And now they’re going to turn you loose on Saturday! I hope you have a full day of warm Mediterranean sunshine. I hope it will be a beautiful day all over Spain. Greetings from a sunny North Carolina. Janet

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  3. Thank you! Thank you so much Janet! I hope so too! After all the most important way to stay healthy, especially when confronted with a virus, is the fresh air and the sunshine! We are all looking forward to Saturday! And yes, the children, that had been locked in for 42 days, were overjoyed! I am glad it is sunny in NC, we are getting good Mediterranean sun as well and the temperatures are finally rising. We are between 13 and 22 degrees (centigrade), so we are warming up too! Take good care and stay safe and all the best to you,
    Francisco

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  4. I feel like I gained my freedom yesterday when the x-rays showed healing of the bone fracture and the orthopedic doctor said I could start putting weight on my right leg! It was as if I’d gotten my life back! I will never take mobility for granted again! Even though we are still under a stay at home order, at least I can move around in the house with a walker. Sometimes I need to be reminded to appreciate the little things. Enjoy the remainder of your day.

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  5. Wow Janet, that is wonderful! I am very happy for you! I think you should walk around your house as much as possible because we need exercise in order to remain strong and in order to reinforce our immune system, which is also on holiday as we lounge around inside the house. Even with a walker it is very important and will accelerate your healing as well. I know, I have had multiple joint surgeries (from accidents during my life as a police officer) and I always tried to stand up and walk as soon as the doctor said I could. Also, three years ago I had shoulder surgery and the recovery went so smooth because of physical therapy. I wish you all the best, stay well and stay strong. Soon this will all blow over and life will return to normal, not a “new” normal, as we are being told by our PM, but the normal we always considered. You too, Janet, congratulations and enjoy your day, your week and all the time!
    Francisco

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  6. Thank you so much! Yes, I’m walking all over the house. My dog thinks I’m strange, but yesterday he could hardly contain himself when he saw I was walking and no long hopping. The physical therapy folks are supposed to call me to schedule that. It will be somewhat different due to the pandemic, but I’m eager to get started. Thank you for all your good wishes. Janet

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  7. My you put in a lot of work. I’ m not one who’s too keen on surveys designded to ttell you who you are. Many years ago the results of a test I had aken “showed” that I was basically the most persuasive person in America. It went to my head and I haven’t been the same since. Stay safe, friend. See you soon.

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  8. Hi, David. You’re too funny. I can understand why that test said you are the most persuasive person in America. You’re very persuasive in your writing. I had my first physical therapy session today. With only one therapist and one patient there at a time and both of us wearing masks, I felt good about the place. I’m uneasy about going anywhere, but I really want to regain full use of my leg and fear that won’t happen without therapy. These are certainly strange times. Stay safe and well, my friend.

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  9. I’ve written plenty in my recent blogs about how this pandemic has helped me creatively again. Slowing down and taking the time to be myself without social demands has really helped me in this way. Your survey results sounds like you might benefit by the same approach as I did.

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  10. I agree. It’s been nice not to have the expectations of others controlling part of my time. Stay well, and thank you for all your comments on my blog this evening.

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