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Personality!

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Diversity between groups is lower than diversity between individuals. If Diversity is our strength then we should be focusing on individuals not groups.

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Introduction

  • Every snowflake is unique within bounds. Every Personality is also Unique within bounds.

Main Point 1 - Not all Personality Tests are Equal

  • You've probably seen free personality tests online or in magazines

  • You might have found yourself in Church of Scientology holding a stainless steel can in each hands after accepting the offer of a free personality test

  • Carl Jung created a dichotomy of two personality types. Introverts and Extroverts.

  • Jung also Identified four essential psychological functions, this became the basis of the Myers-Briggs personality test

  • Psychological Research into Personality has progressed significantly in the last century but the Myers-Briggs personality test has not changed. Myers-Briggs is outdate. It doesn't do what is advertised to do. It has a big industry around it so it just refuses to die.

  • Upton Sinclair was right when he said, "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it."

  • Currently the best model for personality Five factor Model. Also often called the Big Five. You can use the acronym OCEAN to remember all five. Openess to Experience. Conscientiousnesss, Extroversion, Agreeableness, Neurotocism.

Main Point 2 - Personality Traits

Extroversion

  • First Personality Trait Identified in Psychology

  • You probably have some idea where you are on the spectum when it comes to being an introvert or an extrovert.

  • Introverts are people who like to be alone.

  • Extroverts are people who like to engage is social situations and be the life of the party

  • Extrovertion is now thought more of interms of sensitivity to positive emotion. Hope, Joy and Anticipation.

Agreeableness

  • Agreeableness sounds like a great trait to have. Who doesn't want to be agreeable?

  • Lower Salaries, less promotions. Avoid confrontation, let problems fester.

Conscientiousness

  • Single greatest indicator of financial and career success.

Openess to new Experiences

  • Interest in different ways of doing thing. Sensitivity to aesthetic emotions and beauty. Creativity. Abstract thinking, philosophy.

  • Extremely interested in learning. Always acquiring new skills and abilities.

  • Bad at occupations that are routinized and predictiable.

  • Hard to settle on a single path in life and specialize to the degree necessary to create an integrated identity.

Neuroticism

  • Only Personality Trait with no real upside

  • The more Neurotic you are the more seseptable you are to negative emotion.

Main Point 3 - Knowing your Personality will help you know yourself

  • Knowing your personality traits will help you know who you are and who you are meant to be.

  • Become the best possible version of yourself

  • When you know your strengths you can exploit your strengths.

  • When you know your weakness you can compensate for them.

  • Use my notebook for an example. I use the orderliness of my conscientiousness to compensate for the lack of focus that comes with my hyper openiness to new experience.

Conclusion

  • You're at toastmasters so chances are good you want to improve yourself.

  • If you want to improve youself I recommend you learn who you are by taking a Five Factor Personality test.

  • The best and most comprehensive one online is at https://www.understandmyself.com/, it costs $10. For less then the cost of a movie ticket you can discover who you are. That's a pretty good deal.

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