I'm a huge believer in self-knowledge. My love of teen magazine quizzes transformed into more in-depth analysis as I got older. In the college success courses I teach, self-exploration is often one of the best parts of the class. I love going along for the ride as my students discover how they learn best and then create a study system based on their unique learning personality.
It's my belief that a lot of the pain and strife in the world comes from people who don't understand themselves so they try to fit their square peg self into a round hole life.
One of the biggest epiphanies of my life has been to recognize and accept my introversion. American culture is predominantly extroverted so introverts can often be made to feel weird or deficient. I've grown to accept my need to spend more time alone than with others. I know that it's okay to decline social invitations, even if I'm available, because I'd rather stay home. I've learned that being an introvert gives me a very unique view of the world that is positive and necessary.
Trying to be something we're not wastes precious energy that could be put toward more worthwhile endeavors. It's like writing your name with your non-dominant hand. Go ahead and try it. Notice how it feels, Then switch back to your other hand. See how easy that is? Knowing yourself leads to that kind of ease when you move through your world. It doesn't prevent pain, but it can prevent suffering.
Set aside some time on this Monday to learn about you. Here are two of my favorite self-assessments that you can complete in less than thirty minutes.
Click Here for Multiple Intelligences Self-Assessment
I'm a big fan of Howard Gardner. We could do the world a lot of good by expanding our definitions of intelligence. For the record, my two highest intelligences tend to be language and self.
Click Here for Human Metrics Jung Typology Test
This test will give you an idea of your Myers-Briggs type, which is based on Jungian theory. I am a proud INFJ which means that I am introverted, I prefer big pictures over details, I am led by my heart before my mind, and I like to complete things rather than leave them open to possibility. One of the things I like to remember is that these typologies are based on a spectrum. For example, the opposing preference across from the Feeling (F) is Thinking (T). I hover around 50/50 on this part of the typology, so I just barely prefer Feeling to Thinking. I probably use my Thinking preference quite a bit in my daily life. However, I'm more strongly Introverted (about 75%).
I'd love it if you report back. What are your highest forms of intelligence? What's your type?
This blog is focused on exploring ideas around yoga, career, intuition, purpose, and passion. Please leave a comment. Namaste.