What is Your Personality Type?

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.   —Henry David Thoreau

We all know that no two people are exactly alike and that everyone has a unique set of characteristics that define his or her personality. The first experience I had with personality typing was in Consumer Marketing, a college class I took at the University of Arkansas. I was literally amazed at how much I could learn about myself just by taking what seemed like a very silly 20-minute quiz and reading the results.

The intent here is not for the purpose of labeling, but rather as a description of traits so that we may better understand each other. After all, what a dreary world it would be if everyone had the same exact traits! Please keep in mind that these aren't absolutes, only tendencies, and many people fit in between categories.

In 1978, Marilyn Bates and David Kiersey cowrote the book Please Understand Me in order to help people understand themselves and others better without having to spend endless hours in a psychiatric office. The basic personality quiz is only about 20 minutes long, and is surprisingly accurate. Interestingly, since then, I've noticed that Asperger individuals are typically INTJ, whereas High Functioning Autistics are INFJ.

One questionnaire, sponsored by iVillage is at Allhealth.com/ Another one is at Keirsey.com The Keirsey site, however, requires a detailed registration, so if you "love" answering lots of personal questions about what things you like to buy, this latter site's for you. I don't particularly like the site, but it is an alternate site for testing.

My favorite site for learning about a particular type is at Personalitypage.com.

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* "A Reason for Hope: Insights into Autism" by Daniel R. Hawthorne, copyrighted 2007. "Child of the Forest" by Daniel R. Hawthorne, copyrighted 2004.

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