Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Three Questions to Assess a Person's Personality

Both introvert and extrovert need to think profoundly, express thoughtfully, and act wisely.

People are different, we all have different character, personality, favorite activities, strength, and weakness. Think of the five fingers of the human hand. Without their differences in size, shape, and location, a grip wouldn’t have been perfect as destined by nature. Introvert, Extrovert, or ambivert, what are the set of questions to assess a person’s personality?

Are you an extrovert more driven to experience the world outwardly, or an introvert more focused on understanding the world intellectually? We all have a different way to interact with the environment. For extroverts, the pathway is shorter. It runs through an area where taste, touch, visual and auditory sensory processing takes place. For an introvert, stimuli run through a long, complicated pathway in areas of the brain associated with remembering, planning and solving problems. Introversion is turning inward toward the interior world of ideas, feelings, fantasies, intuitions, sensations, and other facets of subjective experience. Extroverts, on the other hand, live almost exclusively in and for the exterior world, deriving fulfillment from regular interaction with outer reality.

Is extrovert more action oriented, and introvert more thought-led?  Some think extroverts need to experience the world to understand it. Introverts need to understand the world before they experience it. It's not that introverts can't display an extroverted behavior or vice versa, it's how they feel at the end of the day. Regardless of your personality, how you interact with the environment, and learning styles, gaining the understanding of things is crucial to get the person wiser and mature. As "Application" is seen by the world, learning of skills has always been more important. The conventional slogan is "Just learn and apply," but we tend to forget that understanding is equally important. It requires “hard thinking” and non-linear thought processes. An extrovert may express more but introverts often have great perspectives on every topic. The expression is not always a verbal expression. It is a matter of effective conveying of what one has in mind to have a profound understanding of the context.

Are you an ambivert with the personality in between? As many concepts introduced at the industrial age, often the focus of personality assessment is too much on the two polar sides of personality, with ignorance of the middle ground. All decent measures of personality traits are not black and white but allow for varying levels of traits to come forward. That’s why the concept ambiverts are emerging: Ambiverts, the emergent concept to describe the personality in between, which has both introverted and extroverted traits, but neither trait is dominant, as a result, they have more balanced or adaptive personalities to fit in different circumstances. "Introvert" and "extrovert" are too simple groups to divide people into. Another misconception is that extraversion and introversion are general personality traits. One can be an extrovert, or more correctly, display extrovert behavior in certain situations while being introvert in other ones. Ambiverts move between being social or being solitary, speaking up or listening carefully with a thoughtful mind and passionate heart, with emotions to adjust to changes accordingly.

So, every person, with all his/her peculiarities, is essential to achieve nature's mystery scheme for life and fulfillment of individual destinies. From the leadership perspective, who makes the better leader and why? What do introverts need to learn to advance? What problems do extroverts have? Do ambiverts have a blended personality to become a digital leader with agility and balance? Extrovert needs to think profoundly, the introvert shouldn't shy away from expressing a different point of views. Both introvert and extrovert need to think profoundly, express thoughtfully, and act wisely. It the mixing of yin and yang, the thinking, action and transcendence, The right mix is appreciated.


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