What's Your Type?
Hey Bloggy Friends,

Tom and I took this test about 15 years ago and we just took it again.

All I can say is the longer we're married the more we take on each other's personalities!

I thought it would be great fun to see which personality type my bloggy friends are:

Gary Smalley Personality Types Inventory
How to Take and Score the Inventory


1. For each temperament type, circle the positive traits (in the left column) that sound the
most like you – as you are at home. It will probably help to cover the right hand
column as you take the inventory, to help you focus on the positives. Do not score
yourself as you behave at work. (If you want to evaluate your "at work" tendencies,
take the test again later, with that environment -- or any other – in mind.) For now,
ignore the right hand column.


2. For each trait, add up the number of circled traits (in the left column) and then double
that number. This is your score.


3. To graph your temperament "mix", mark your score for each temperament type on the
graph with a large dot. If you want, draw a line to connect the dots.




Lion
Temperament Characteristics
Likes authority. ………………...Too direct or demanding
Takes charge……………….…..Pushy; can step in front of
others
Determined. …………………... Overbearing
Confident. …………………..…. Cocky
Firm ………………………...…...Unyielding
Enterprising. ……………..….... Takes big risks
Competitive. ……………….….. Cold blooded
Enjoys challenges. …….…..…..Avoids relations
Problem solver. ………….….... Too busy
Productive. ……….……….…... Overlooks feelings; do it now!
Bold. …………………….……... Insensitive
Purposeful; goal driven…..….... Imbalanced; workaholic
Decision maker. ………….….... Unthoughtful of others' wishes
Adventurous. ………………… .. Impulsive
Strong 'willed …………………...Stubborn
Independent; self reliant ……....Avoids people; seeking help
Controlling. ……………………...Bossy; overbearing
Persistent. ………………….….. Inflexible
Action oriented. ………………...Unyielding
"Let's do it now!"
Lion Score (Double the number circled): ___________




Otter
Temperament Characteristics
Enthusiastic. ……………….…… Overbearing
Takes risks. …………………..… Dangerous and foolish
Visionary …………………….……Daydreamer
Motivator. ……………………..… Manipulator
Energetic. ……………………….. Impatient
Very verbal. ………………………Attacks under pressure
Promoter. ………………………… Exaggerates
Friendly, mixes easily…………… Shallow relationships
Enjoys popularity…………..….…. Too showy
Fun loving. …………………..…… Too flippant; not serious
Likes variety. ………………..…… Too scattered
Spontaneous. ……………….…… Not focused
Enjoys change. ………….……..… Lacks follow through
Creative; goes for new ideas. .…..Too unrealistic; avoids details
Group oriented. ………….….…… Bored with "process"
Optimistic………………….….……Doesn't see details
Initiator. ………………….….…….. Pushy
Infectious laughter……….….…… Obnoxious
Inspirational……………….…..…. Phony
"Trust me! It'll work out!"
Otter score {double the number circled}: _________




Golden Retriever
Temperament Characteristics
Sensitive feelings. ……..…….… Easily hurt
Loyal. ………………………….… Misses opportunities
Calm; even keeled. ……….….… Lacks enthusiasm
Non demanding ………….…...… Weakling; pushover
Avoids confrontations. .………… Misses honest intimacy
Enjoys routine …………….…..…Stays in rut
Dislikes change. ………….….… Not spontaneous
Warm and relational. …….….… Fewer deep friends
Gives in. ……………….……...… Co-dependent
Accommodating. …….…….…… Indecisive
Cautious humor. ……….….…… Overly cautious

Temperament Characteristics
Adaptable. ……………………..… Loses identity
Sympathetic. ………………..…… Holds on to others' hurts
Thoughtful. …………….………… Can be taken advantage of
Nurturing. …………….………..… Ears get smashed
Patient. …………………………… Crowded out by others
Tolerant. ………………….……… Weaker convictions
Good listener. …………………… Attracted to hurting people
Peacemaker. ………………….… Holds personal hurts inside
"Let's keep things the way they are."
Golden retriever score (double the number circled): _____



Beaver
Temperament Characteristics
Reads all instructions. ….….…… Afraid to break rules
Accurate………………….………. Too critical
Consistent. ……………….……… Lacks spontaneity
Controlled. ……………….……… Too serious
Reserved …………………………Stuffy
Predictable. ……………………… Lacks variety
Practical. ………………………… Not adventurous
Orderly…………………….……… Rigid
Factual…………………….…..….. Picky
Conscientious. …………….…..… Inflexible
Perfectionist …………….………Controlling
Discerning. ………………….…… Negative on new opportunities
Detailed. …………………….…… Rarely finishes a project
Analytical. …………………………Loses overview
Inquisitive……………………...…. Smothering
Precise. ……………………..…… Strict
Persistent …………….………...…Pushy
Scheduled. …………………….… Boring
Sensitive. ……………………...… Stubborn
"How was it done in the past ?"
Beaver score (double the number circled): __________
Charting the Results


Remember this isn’t a pass-fail test.


This evaluation simply
shows your tendencies and traits.


As you look at your charted score, you may
see a blend of all four categories. That’s fine.

Or you may see two scores
significantly higher than the others.


Or you may have one category that’s head
and shoulders above the other three. No none pattern is "correct."
Now take note of the right-hand column extreme for each of your circled
characteristics.


This might be how your positive traits are perceived by your
family or friends.


Lions are leaders, decisive, bottom line, problem-solvers, not conversational.
Otters are fun-loving, entertainers, net workers, motivators, creative, talkers.
Retrievers are loving, nurturing, loyal, good listeners, encourages.
Beavers are hard-working, detailed, accurate, focused on quality.


Consciously work to become more aware of your natural tendencies.



Go for a healthy balance, tempering any extreme problem area, focus on your
strengths and learn to cultivate the strengths of less dominant personality
traits.


Some suggestions for each personality type:


Lions: Be softer and more gentle and include others when making decisions.
Otters: Think before you speak, and consider consequences before you act.
Retrievers: Practice saying no and making firm decisions.
Beavers: Learn to relax and don’t expect others to do things just like you.


For a more in depth study on personality development, please read
The Two Sides of Love, Gary Smalley and John Trent.

So... What's your personality type?






5 Comments:

ROARRRRRR!!! That was no surprise to me!! Actually, I ranged between 18-26 on all 4 of them so I guess I am a fairly good "blend".

That was fun!

Thanks,
Kim

**so Zoe, what is YOUR personality type??

Blogger Chef Diane said...

Yeah Zoe what are you?
As for me I am a "LIOTTER" a blend of Lion and Otter. I knew that already I love to take charge while have a Party!!
Diane

Blogger Pinkshoelady said...

I'm a strong Otter!

That was fun!
Come check out my new blog design>

I love you my friend!
Pamela

Blogger Joyful said...

Pat my head - I'm a Golden Retriever all the way! Actually, Beaver chased that little puppy quite closely and Lion and Otter were almost non-existant.

I remember doing that test years ago at church and when the Golden Retriever was described our Pastor's wife just smiled and pointed at me. Was it THAT obvious!!!

So, Zoe....what are you??

Hope you've had a good day,
Love & prayers,
Joy

Anonymous Kim Vail said...

Zoe,
I'm sure at work you and I are most definitely "golden retrievers"...sensitive, loyal, calm, accommodating, patient, good listeners, nurturers, etc.
Doesn't that describe us to a "t"?
Love you!

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