Monday, March 16, 2009

Personality Tests (i.e. Self-Absorbed Me)


Does anyone know about the Personality Plus typology - the Sanguine/Melancholic/Phlegmatic/Choleric characteristics? Does anyone know about the Myers-Briggs profiling?

I was ill with coughs and a head cold, with an overwhelming amount of negative energy that I was trying hard to keep at bay (don't ask.) Hence it feels right to be a bit self-absorbed and do (re-do) a couple of personality tests to reaffirm and reground my position in this world, as well as rediscovering myself. These tests are a notch more reliable than those you found on Facebook, see. (Those tests that gave my personality as "Cute" or "Lovely Lady". Duh!)

One of the best tests that I took is from here.



Your personality is Melancholy Choleric

Melancholy Strength:13 Weakness:8

Phlegmatic Strength:0 Weakness:1

Sanguine Strength:0 Weakness:1

Choleric Strength:7 Weakness:10


And the Melancholy-Choleric is, according to some 'experts' (I guess),

From Introvert,

Melancholy Choleric – MelChol – High C High D in DiSC parlance

The Melancholy Choleric is both a perfectionist and a driver, which may lead him into the law or medicine. They mix decisiveness and determination. Because of the critical nature of the Melancholy they may be very difficult to please. If they become negative about someone or something it will have a tendency to stay with them for a long time.

The Melancholy Choleric blend does not make a good leader because both temperament types tend towards criticism and anger. They find it difficult to say kind words or have patience with stragglers. They believe they are right in most cases and therefore leave everyone else “in the wrong”.

A somewhat stereotyped image of a Melancholy Choleric is the brilliant but hated surgeon who has the drive and critical detailed nature to save the hopeless case but alienates and angers everyone they come in contact with in the process.

The Melancholy Choleric needs people around them of Phlegmatic temperament to put up with their critical tongue. A Phlegmatic Choleric may have the drive and straightforwardness to show the Melancholy Choleric when they are wrong - but that will take patience and determination and a whole lot of “guts”.

This temperament blend needs more than anything to develop and embrace an attitude of patience, kindness, joy and peace. Without these they often end up withdrawn and unhappy people.

From CatholicMatch,

The Melancholic / Choleric

The melancholic-choleric is also a leader with the potential to accomplish great works. However, where the choleric-melancholic is driven by the challenge and the opportunity, the melancholic-choleric is inspired more by the nobility of the task. The introverted nature of the melancholic, combined with the focused and unempathic nature of the choleric, can result in an individual who is highly motivated by noble ideals (even humanitarian ones), but who prefers to work alone, rather than with people. The melancholic side of both temperament mixtures results in the project being organized, ethical, and high-minded, while the choleric aspect is the driving and demanding force.

If you are melancholic-choleric, you are somewhat less pragmatic (or utilitarian) than a pure choleric, just as persevering and determined, and with a greater emphasis on the ideal. Likely to be motivated by the most noble and demanding of causes, you are capable of founding a humanitarian society, composing a symphony, founding a school, or discovering a cure. You are organized, perfectionist, introspective, driven, and moody (though less so than a pure melancholic). You will be less active than a choleric-melancholic and less extraverted, more internally focused.

But your weaknesses include a tendency to excessive self-criticism and criticism of others, being dismissive or overly judgmental, exhibiting a tendency to self-absorption, and possessing an untrustful and controlling nature. You tend to be inflexible, can bear grudges for a long time and may be prone to discouragement. A melancholic-choleric who is not attentive to his spiritual life, and does not keep his eye assiduously on the truly important things of life can become a cross to those around him, through his nit-picking, perfectionism, disdain, bitterness, resentfulness, spitefulness when crossed, and even haughtiness.

If your temperament is melancholic-choleric, for a better understanding of your temperament it is recommended that you read the full descriptions of the melancholic and choleric.

I also went and took another test - the Enneagram Nine-Type Indicator. Only the free, limited test though, one of which is the RHETI. This is my score. The top three score I obtained were in Type 1, Type 3, and Type 4/5.

Type 1Type 2Type 3Type 4Type 5Type 6Type 7Type 8Type 9

Type One
The Reformer. The principled, idealistic type. Ones are conscientious and ethical, with a strong sense of right and wrong. They are teachers, crusaders, and advocates for change: always striving to improve things, but afraid of making a mistake. Well-organized, orderly, and fastidious, they try to maintain high standards, but can slip into being critical and perfectionistic. They typically have problems with resentment and impatience. At their Best: wise, discerning, realistic, and noble. Can be morally heroic.

Type Three
The Achiever. The adaptable, success-oriented type. Threes are self-assured, attractive, and charming. Ambitious, competent, and energetic, they can also be status-conscious and highly driven for advancement. They are diplomatic and poised, but can also be overly concerned with their image and what others think of them. They typically have problems with workaholism and competitiveness. At their Best: self-accepting, authentic, everything they seem to be—role models who inspire others.

Type Four
The Individualist. The introspective, romantic type. Fours are self-aware, sensitive, and reserved. They are emotionally honest, creative, and personal, but can also be moody and self-conscious. Withholding themselves from others due to feeling vulnerable and defective, they can also feel disdainful and exempt from ordinary ways of living. They typically have problems with melancholy, self-indulgence, and self-pity. At their Best: inspired and highly creative, they are able to renew themselves and transform their experiences.

Type Five
The Investigator. The perceptive, cerebral type. Fives are alert, insightful, and curious. They are able to concentrate and focus on developing complex ideas and skills. Independent, innovative, and inventive, they can also become preoccupied with their thoughts and imaginary constructs. They become detached, yet high-strung and intense. They typically have problems with eccentricity, nihilism, and isolation. At their Best: visionary pioneers, often ahead of their time, and able to see the world in an entirely new way.

Type Six
The Loyalist. The committed, security-oriented type. Sixes are reliable, hard-working, responsible, and trustworthy. Excellent "troubleshooters," they foresee problems and foster cooperation, but can also become defensive, evasive, and anxious—running on stress while complaining about it. They can be cautious and indecisive, but also reactive, defiant and rebellious. They typically have problems with self-doubt and suspicion. At their Best: internally stable and self-reliant, courageously championing themselves and others.

Type Seven
The Enthusiast. The busy, productive type. Sevens are extroverted, optimistic, versatile, and spontaneous. Playful, high-spirited, and practical, they can also misapply their many talents, becoming overextended, scattered, and undisciplined. They constantly seek new and exciting experiences, but can become distracted and exhausted by staying on the go. They typically have problems with impatience and impulsiveness. At their Best: they focus their talents on worthwhile goals, becoming appreciative, joyous, and satisfied.

Type Eight
The Challenger. The powerful, aggressive type. Eights are self-confident, strong, and assertive. Protective, resourceful, straight-talking, and decisive, but can also be ego-centric and domineering. Eights feel they must control their environment, especially people, sometimes becoming confrontational and intimidating. Eights typically have problems with their tempers and with allowing themselves to be vulnerable. At their Best: self-mastering, they use their strength to improve others' lives, becoming heroic, magnanimous, and inspiring.

Type Nine
The Peacemaker. The easy-going, self-effacing type. Nines are accepting, trusting, and stable. They are usually creative, optimistic, and supportive, but can also be too willing to go along with others to keep the peace. They want everything to go smoothly and be without conflict, but they can also tend to be complacent, simplifying problems and minimizing anything upsetting. They typically have problems with inertia and stubbornness. At their Best: indomitable and all-embracing, they are able to bring people together and heal conflicts.

I scored the least on Type 2.

Type Two
The Helper. The caring, interpersonal type. Twos are empathetic, sincere, and warm-hearted. They are friendly, generous, and self-sacrificing, but can also be sentimental, flattering, and people-pleasing. They are well-meaning and driven to be close to others, but can slip into doing things for others in order to be needed. They typically have problems with possessiveness and with acknowledging their own needs. At their Best: unselfish and altruistic, they have unconditional love for others.


One more interesting profiling is the Myers-Briggs, adapted here in the Keirsey Temperament Sorter. Quite cool, and if you're unoccupied enough to go look for further descriptions of the temperaments, you'll find quite a lot of information including trivias. I would not post the complete result and description, but it is adequate to state that I was pronounced Rational, with results bordering between INTJ (Introversion, iNtuition, Thinking, Judgment - Mastermind) and INTP (Introversion, iNtuition, Thinking, Perception - Architect). Kinda ambiguous, I have always thought I am more of an Idealist.

When I am doing these tests, it is either that I don't have anything urgent to do, or I am deep in the rut feeling-wise and trying to cheer myself up, recover self-esteem and increase detachment from "the people" with whom attachment and expectations often prove futile. Personality tests always do the job without involving interhuman communication.



Anonymous said...

Entah kenapa baca entri ni mengingatkan saya kepada siri Apprentice...haha.
-Fahd Razy-

AbEsA said...

salam akak, akak pun orang kuala krai juga?

Wah, nanti kalau balik raya singgah rumah saya.

Akak belajar medical? saya pun teringin nak belajar medical.

nak jadi macam abang fahd razy,

dia ex boy sekolah saya.

nanti akak datang lagi la kat blog saya ek?

AbEsA said...

akak citer la experience study kat sane..
mesti best giler

Anonymous said...


Funny how we muslims could not make full use of such classifications of personality types. Though it is not scientifically-proven, it is still make tings easier for us to understand people - which is our core business.

The Christians are better off, for example:

The choleric may with comparative ease become a saint. The persons canonized, with few exceptions, were choleric or melancholic. The choleric who is able to control his temperament is recollected in prayer, because by his strong will he can banish distractions and especially because by force of his nature, he can with great facility concentrate his attention upon one point. The latter may also be the cause, why the choleric so easily acquires the prayer of simplicity, or as St. Francis calls it, the prayer of recollection. With no other temperament do we find the spirit of contemplation, properly so called, as often as with the choleric. The well-trained choleric is very patient and firm in endurance of physical pains, willing to make sacrifices in sufferings, persevering in acts of penance and interior mortification, magnanimous and noble toward the indigent and conquered, full of aversion against everything ignoble or vulgar.

Can you see how they make use of this?

adibah abdullah said...


Fahd Razy, mengetahui sifat2 dan kecenderungan tertentu dalam satu2 personaliti ni memangnya penting untuk menentukan posisi seseorang dalam satu kumpulan atau project team macam dalam Apprentice tu.

AbeSa, ye, saya buat perubatan skrg... awak nak buat medic, belajar rajin-rajin, hehe. Sejak belajar oversea, dah tiga kali beraya, tak pernah sempat raya kat Malaysia. Nasib, nasib. Blog awak? InsyaAllah, saya akan jadi pengunjung regular =)

Kak Afni, mentang-mentanglah anda choleric, maka highlight tentang itulah ye? Haha!

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