Recently, on my quest to fill time, I took a few personality quizzes to see what I thought of them. I was curious to see how others might see me or how accurate they were. Do they truly reflect who I am as a person?
If I’m being honest doing a Buzzfeed quiz was the closest I had gotten to doing a personality quiz. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that a quiz on what type of bread you are is a completely inaccurate reflection of self… Okay maybe I am. That’s why I thought I would delve into the more ‘serious’ quizzes.
If you didn’t know already, a personality quiz/test usually involves “a standardised series of questions or tasks, used to describe or evaluate a subject’s personality characteristics” (thanks yourdictionary.com).
When I first started writing this post I was really keen to see if taking these personality quizzes would reveal something about myself that I didn’t know. To tell you the truth – after a bit of looking around, I stopped caring. I stopped caring about whether I was more extroverted than introverted and what that meant for me. I stopped caring about what percentage I had an “openness to experience”. Besides from not caring about them, I also don’t think personality quizzes are particularly accurate. Every quiz I took portrayed me in a different way and I can’t see how a few questions can ever really give you an accurate representation of who you are.
In the end, it didn’t really matter what any of the quizzes said because I have decided that I am content with who I am as a person. Sure, I’m not exactly perfect and there are things that I would like to improve about myself; but I don’t need to overwhelm myself with them. Personality quizzes were fun and interesting to do in my spare time, but I didn’t really take much from them. I kind of like not knowing everything there is to know about myself because it’s nice to find out things on your own.
So, the conclusions that I drew from all of this is that, for me, personality quizzes are really just something fun to do when you have too much time on your hands. Sure, they might give you a little insight into your personality and maybe they reinstate things that you already knew. But I think that’s about it.
clara x 2020