A personality test (that I took for fun…ha!) just told me that I am not agreeable. Really? Seriously? For the last six months I’ve been trying to determine how I keep saying, “yes” when I should be saying “no.” Yes gets me in trouble. I say “yes” to other people. Too often. So, how on earth could some personality test rate me as “not agreeable?”
It’s all in how you define “agreeable.” Their definition has to do with the ability of an individual to find fault or engage in critical analysis. Apparently, I find it “easy” to criticize. (Just ask my contractor.) Is seeing a problem and pointing it out mean that I’m “not agreeable?” Does having a job in publishing that has as its daily stock and trade elements of criticism mean that I’m “not agreeable?”
I don’t think so, but by their definition an agreeable person finds it difficult to find fault.
Do I enjoy finding fault? No. Am I willing to express fault? Yes. But if you’re buying dinner, boy howdy, am I just happy to be included. I’m not criticizing the restaurant or your wine choice. If I don’t know you and we’re thrown together, I’m not going to tell you the brown socks and lime green sandals were a bad choice of fashion.
I might notice the brown socks and the lime green sandals, but that doesn’t make me a disagreeable person. Observant, maybe, but not disagreeable.
All I can say is that I totally disagree with my personality analysis. Oh wait…doesn’t that prove their point? I’m not agreeable.