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Strengths

Because my college happens to be a private one, one of the things they make freshman do, besides take a "gateway" class to college is to take the Strengthfinders test by Gallup. It's a really boring test, but the results are really quite accurate. Out of 36 top strengths Gallup has put together it narrows them down to the top five you seem to have based on the test.

When I printed out the pages of info on the results and read it all, it was like someone had looked inside my brain and analyzed it all.

Here are my results. (with a tiny summary) 

1. Harmony: People strong in the Harmony theme look for consensus. They don't enjoy conflict; rather, they seek areas of agreement.

Yep, that's me. I even hate watching political round tables or debates of any kind. HATE it. It might be interesting, but I can't past the tension I feel when I watch them verbally fight it out. Although, that doesn't mean if I need to talk to someone about something I will. I'm also one of those people who feels I'm better at mediating a dialogue rather than arguing it out. (So even though becoming a lawyer may look interesting, I know in practice I would probably be awful at it) 

2.Responsibility: People strong in the Responsibility theme take psychological ownership of what they say they will do. They are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty.
(I'm the eldest child in my family. Responsibility is hammered into the oldest child of families. I'm was first to go to school, the first to watch a certain movie, the first to learn how to drive, and the first to go to college.)

3. Input: People strong in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.

This is the part where I go: OH REALLY. I never knew that about myself. *sarcasm* But I also didn't know it was a strength of any kind. I just thought I was a little obsessive with adding websites to my favorites and you know, collecting books like it's going out of style.

4.Intellect: People strong in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.

I'm an introvert. I like to....think? I guess I do like discussions, but just don't ask me about philosophy. It hurts my brain.   I do however love all these awesome Meta discussions on fanfiction, books, and strong female characters I'm finding on LJ.

5. Maximizer: People strong in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb.

I'm really bad at math. I avoid any contact with the subject if I can help it. Thus I pour all my energy into other subjects that don't require lots of math. Like English and History. However, even in those subjects I know I have weaknesses. I'm terrible at grammar, I'm wordy, and I can't seem to revise my work. These are things I'm willing to deal with, so I try to improve. I read, I write, and I learn from my mistakes.

Even though I wish I had top strengths on the Strengthfinder list, like Achiever, Leadership, Learner, Communication, or Positivity I know I'm better off being me. Knowing I have these strengths is helpful and gives me a bit of a basis of how to attack my weaknesses, knowing that if I let my strengths rule out everything else I'd become a pack rat who doesn't talk to people. Knowing how my brain works and what I seem to do best of course is great to know, and I'm sure it will help me down the road. I wonder what things I could do with these kinds of strengths and most of all, what I can write with these kinds of strengths.

I'm not sure what all this means but I hope I'll figure it out one day.


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edgyauthor
Sep. 15th, 2010 08:01 am (UTC)
Interesting results! I know *I'd* want some of those strengths, heh. I recently had to take a similar test for my English class that shows not only what kind of learner I am, but my overall personality, and ack, my results made me look so neurotic. (Which, okay, I am, but STILL, I don't want my teacher knowing that...)
swhisted
Sep. 15th, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
You have great strengths Anne, even if they aren’t the ones you wished you had. Make the ones you wished you had become part of your top strengths too.

I want to take this test now! I’m overly curious if this test would tell me what I already think about my strengths or not.
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