Extraordinary Journey

Within is Where You Start (part 2)

This is a continuation from Within is Where You Start (part 1). If you haven’t read that post, check it out!

In part 1, I mentioned that to set your course in life the best place to start is within. It is essential to know your 1) personality, 2) character, 3) talents, 4) passion, and 5) limitations.

I also presented what personality is. Now, I will be presenting 4 popular personality tests and you get to choose which one would be best for your purposes.

1. Four Temperaments

This is perhaps one of the oldest personality systems in the world which originated from  Graeco-Arabic Medicine.  What makes this typology unique is that it is based from the ancient medical concept of humorism.  Humors refer to body fluids and it was believed that the different proportions of these fluids in one’s body will have an effect on one’s temperament or personality.  To illustrate further, here are the 4 temperaments and the corresponding predominant body fluid:

  • Sanguine: blood
  • Phlegmatic: phlegm
  • Choleric: yellow bile
  • Melancholic: black bile

Now, considering the advances of modern medicine, this sounds absolutely ridiculous.  However, over the years, this system has evolved and has departed from the original notion of body fluid as a factor of temperament.

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2. Enneagram

Perhaps one of the more complex typologies out there is the Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator (RHETI), or simply Enneagram.  The Enneagram outlines 9 basic personality types, one of which will be your dominant type.  Aside from the dominant type, you will have a wing type which is another aspect of your personality that could possibly complement or contradict your dominant type.  The figure below is a hallmark of the Enneagram typology.

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That’s it for our first two personality tests! I will be writing about the rest of the personality tests next post. Included will be my favorite personality test – the Myers Briggs Type Indicator.

To be continued in Within is Where You Start (part 3)

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