Friday, September 18, 2009

Personality

In the study of personality types there are four basic temperaments used to characterize us. While one temperament may be dominant, we do hold various aspects of each, yet many times fail to act accordingly due to the situation we are in.

The type A personality is independent, direct, and to the point. Because of this many type A personalities are placed in leadership positions, but doesn’t guarantee that they will be great leaders. Type B personalities are social, outgoing, and the life of the party. Because of this they are put into interactive positions, but doesn’t mean that they will be enjoyed by everyone they are surrounded by. Type C personalities strive with details, accuracy, and cleanliness. Type C’s are generally placed in positions where accuracy is instrumental, yet don’t necessarily have the ability to be detail oriented outside of themselves. Type D personalities are reliable, routine oriented, and into personal security. This personality type is generally placed in support positions, but their support and compassion has the ability to turn others off.

Personality types A, B, C, and D are classifications we use to label and define ourselves and others so that we can categorize personality and help explain certain behaviors within certain situations. These classifications are used to place people in positions of employment, match couples, and hypothesize situational excellence.

This labeling of who we expect ourselves and others to be not only deprives us of our ability to become original, it impedes our ability to become our best selves. The truth is that all personality types have the same ability to lead successful lives, but in order to excel it takes more of a chameleon who understands their surroundings than it does playing a preconceived identity.

The truth is that labels do work because it allows us to find and delegate comfort knowing that we are socially secure. We allow the type A to act as a type A because that is who they are. We play the role of type B because that is what others expect of us. What we fail to understand is that playing a role or acting a part is not advancing our cause on a genuine level, and once we become less than genuine we lose our identity because we can’t shake how we are identified.

Our ability to individually act how we believe is the correct way to act within our best intentions is how we will generate the greatest results. Playing a role is a dead end street that will get us to a certain point of success, but will not allow us to reach our greatest potential. When we understand that we are perceived as a B but the situation needs an A, then we need to act as an A in order to advance, otherwise we are limiting our success to situations where only B’s have the opportunity to shine.

If success is truly about making the most of the opportunities presented to us, we better have the ability to meet the needs of the opportunity. If we limit our opportunity because we have decided, or let others decide that it is beyond who we are, then we deny our ability to become anything other than a perception.

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