Wednesday, June 25, 2008

What animal are you?

At our MOPS retreat I asked everyone to fill out a personality quiz to find out what their personality type is. We did the Gary Smalley test that has 4 basic categories that people fit into.

I know, I know, there are those of us who shudder at the thought that we may fit into some box. "We are unique individuals, not defined by perimeters!" And while there are those few people out there who are hybrids, most people fit into boxes. Sad, but true. There tend to be overall trends in the way that we think, act and feel and though it has taken me a while I am learning to accept this. And in accepting this, I am learning so much about people and myself. And my kids! As the mother of 4, I want to be able to understand why Caleb tends to react one way and Luke the complete opposite. I desire to understand them and meet their needs accordingly. And I want to help them understand themselves. (Side note: I have heard that The Treasure Tree is a fabulous book for kids about personality traits!)

When Joseph and I got married, we went through pre-marriage counseling and took the Myers Briggs test and, shocker of all shockers, we are completely opposite in every way. Our Pastor told us that when we work together, we would be a phenomenal team, but when we fight - look out! Boy was he right!!

If you have time and want to play along, take this test and then leave a comment and let me know what you are (and better yet, what you think I am!!) This is totally my idea of fun and I would love it if you'd play along.

And later in the week I will let you know what I am. I'm sure it will be hard to guess.


jenny said...

I am a lion, and I guess that you are an otter.:-)

Sincerely Anna said...

You are most definitely an otter! But the loving to clean thing is throwing me off a little. I'm a golden retriever and Mike is a true cross between a lion and a beaver. Pray for me!! :)

Davies Family said...

I'm with them on the otter thing, but I think you may have some lion in there too. I've done this a few times, and I'm mostly a golden retriever w/ some beaver in there as well.

So sorry about Luke! My Caleb has some sort of yuckiness going on too...I encountered some fun stuff in his crib this morning...:)

Sab Mad said...

Jenny - I would have never in a million years, have imagined you to be a lion!!

Anna - The cleaning thing is really so not otter and throws me off too! I will pray for you with your lioneaver! THAT is a tough one!

Stacy - my Beaver-triever friend!

jenny said...

It's not what I thought I would be either. If you disregard all the personality traits that involve being bold in front of other people, I am the rest of the things on the list. I can definitetly be controlling. I would hardly let anyone watch Ben when he was a baby, not even my hubby. Not because I couldn't bare to leave my baby, but because I couldn't be sure they'd do everything EXACTLY how I wanted them to. :-)