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Intensity Overload

2 Feb

I’m an intense person. I think it’s something I’ve always known about myself, but have been noticing more and more as my job becomes increasingly more stressful.

Good things about being intense are that I am focused and driven (most of the time).

Bad things about being intense are that I become loud, flustered, and frustrated because I can not get everything I want to get done fast enough. This often leads to emotional outbursts that come so fast I can’t control them.

I’m not sure, but I think in this case, the bad outweighs the good by A LOT.

For athletes, intensity seems to be the pathway to success. I can’t say the same for intensity in the working world. At least, not the way intensity manifests itself it me.Yesterday, I was frustrated because someone wanted to add another task to my plate. Today, an operator got upset with me because I wanted to have someone else try to process parts to see if we can get a different result. I intensely overreact and can’t seem to control my emotions. I’m sort of at a loss…

So here I am wanting to add another trait about myself that I would like to work on (worrying about things I can’t control, self-doubt, and over-analyzing are some others.)

As is typical of me, I started out by Googling “Intense Personalities”, to see what  information I could find on the world wide web. Surprisingly I couldn’t find much… A few people asking questions about it on Yahoo! Answers, but that was all.

Next up, searching the blogs. There’s a blog about everything, so I figured I would be able to find some useful information this way. Again, I couldn’t find much…

Maybe I should try Googling some other word combination. There have to be SOME other intense people in this world lookin’ for a change.

Do any of you have what you would call an “Intense Personality”? Do you have any suggestions or resources of how to best use this personality trait to my advantage?

My Personality DNA

16 Jan

I saw this Personal DNA Test on Kimberly Michelle’s blog. I guess it was all the rage on Twitter the other day, but I must of missed that series of tweets. I think I must have been caught up in the “What’s your new sign?” craze.

This new personality test intrigued me since it was supposed to be more “scientific” than the traditional Myers-Briggs personality test. In the Myers-Briggs world I’m an ISFJ – Introversion, Sensing, Feeling, Judgment – just like Mother Teresa! I’m sure those of you that know me are like “Mother Teresa? Whaaatt?” Haha!

I had such fun taking this test! There were the traditional questions, similar to Myers-Briggs, that you judged how much you agree or disagree with a statement on a horizontal scale. There were other questions though where we were asked to judge two different, but related items on both a horizontal and vertical scale or rank how much a variety of statements applies to you out 100% (simulated as a tank you need to empty!).

I took the test fairly quickly so that I didn’t have too much time to over analyze my answers and….

Drum roll please…

I’m a…


BENEVOLENT REALIST 
(For some reason the pretty picture isn’t showing up in Google Reader, so head over to the actual post to see how colorful my personality is supposed to be!

I completely agree with the REALIST part. All of the following traits totally apply to me!
~ Your attention to detail, appreciation of how things function, and awareness of the world around you make you a REALIST.
~ Routines are reassuring to you—you feel safer and more at ease when sticking with familiar things. 
~ You like to stay close with those around you, seeking comfort from familiar faces.
~ You are interested in processes—how things work, what they do, and why—not just how things look. 
~ Sometimes you doubt that you can find solutions to problems, although you have a good sense of why things happen, and can use that knowledge to find the best way to do something. 
~ You are down to earth, concerned more with practical, detail-oriented things than with dreamy or ambiguous ideas.
~ You have a good sense of your abilities and weaknesses, and don’t let your ego get in your way. 
~ You’re not one to force your positions on a group, and you tend to be fair in evaluating different options. 
~ You prefer to have time to plan for things, feeling better with a schedule than with keeping plans up in the air until the last minute.
However, I don’t agree with the BENEVOLENT part. I’m a nice person and all, but don’t feel like I’m the type of person who looks for opportunities to go out and be benevolent. There must be something about myself that I’m not seeing though since the Myers-Briggs test also thinks I’m like Mother Teresa. Here are some of the traits associated with benevolence:
~ You are a great person to interact with—understanding, giving, and trusting—in a word, BENEVOLENT 
~ You don’t mind being in social situations, as you feel comfortable enough with people to be yourself. 
~ Your caring nature goes beyond a basic concern: you take the time to understand the nuances of people’s situations before passing any sort of judgment. 
~ You’re a good listener, and even better at offering advice. 
~ You’re concerned with others at both an individual and societal level—you sympathize with the plights of troubled groups, and you can care about people you’ve never met. 
~ Considering many different perspectives is something at which you excel, and you appreciate that quality in others. 
~ Other people’s feelings are important to you, and you’re good at mediating disputes. 
~ Because of your understanding and patience, you tend to bring out the best in people. 
Did anyone else take this test and feel it was a little bit off? Or did you think the test characterized you perfectly?