What the Doctor Said


Have you ever taken one of those personality tests?  The kind that try to sum you up in a brief paragraph that will either confirm you deepest fears or make you think you’re psycho? 

I had to take one for work and I found the answers pretty fascinating.  For those of you who don’t know very well or haven’t met me at all, this will offer you some good insight.  For those of you who do know me… well, congratulations.

My top five, strongest and most dominant qualities are (in order of highest scoring):

WOO— Woo stands for winning others over. You enjoy the challenge of meeting new people and getting them to like you. Strangers are rarely intimidating to you. On the contrary, strangers can be energizing. You are drawn to them. Not only are you rarely at a loss for words, you actually enjoy initiating with strangers because you derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection. Once that connection is made, you are quite happy to wrap it up and move on. There are new people to meet, new rooms to work, and new crowds to mingle in. In your world there are no strangers, only friends you haven’t met yet—lots of them. (I initially interpreted this to mean—big fat flirt.)

Adaptability– You live in the moment. You don’t see the future as a fixed destination. Instead you see it as a place that you create our of the choices that you make right now. This doesn’t mean that you don’t have plans. You probably do. But this theme does enable you to respond willingly to the demands of the moment even if they pull you away from your plans. Unlike other, you don’t resent requests for unforeseen detours. Indeed, on some level, you actually look forward to them. You are, at heart, a very flexible person who can stay productive when the demands of work are pulling you in many different directions. (I initially interpreted this to mean—I fit in anywhere, but don’t stand out.)

 Communication— You like to explain, to describe, to host, to speak in public, and to write. Ideas are a dry beginning. Events are static. You feel a need to bring them to life, to energize them to make them exciting and vivid. And so you turn events into stories and practice telling them. You take a dry idea and liven it with metaphors and images. You want to divert people’s attention to you, capture it, and lock it in. This is what drives you to hunt for the perfect phrase. This is what drives you toward dramatic words and powerful word combinations. This why people listen to you. Your word pictures peak their interest, sharpen their world, and inspire them to act. (I initially interpreted this to mean—I talk too much.)

 Empathy—  You can sense the emotions around you. You can feel what they are feeling as though their feelings are your own. Intuitively, you are able to see the world through their eyes and share their perspective. You do not necessarily agree with each person’s perspective; you do not necessarily feel pity for each person’s predicament—this would be sympathy, not empathy. You don’t necessarily condone the choices each person makes, but you do understand. This instinctive ability to understand is powerful. You heard the unvoiced questions. You anticipate the need. Where others grapple for words, you seem to find the right phrases that express their feelings. You help them give voice to their emotional life. For all these reasons, other people are drawn to you. (I initially interpreted this to mean—I’m need thicker skin.)

Responsibility—  You responsibility forces you to take psychological ownership for anything you commit to, and whether large or small, you feel emotionally bound to follow it through to completion. Your good name depends on it. If for some reason you cannot deliver, you automatically start to look for ways to make it up to that person. This conscientiousness, this near obsession for doing things right, and your impeccable ethics, combine to create your reputation: utter dependability.  When people come to you for help—and they will—you must be selective. Your willingness to volunteer may sometimes lead you to take on more than you should. (I initially interpreted this to mean—I’m boring.)

 After reading a more descript breakdown of what these qualities look like in an everyday circumstance, I realized how much I see these vibrantly portrayed in who I have become today. And I must say, I’m so grateful that (a) I have strengths, and (b) they are what they are. I love learning who God has made me to be and believe it or not, I’m ok with being the only one like me.


About mndunn26

I recently realized that my life is somewhat of a beautiful mess. A "pollack-type-picture" if you will, of colors, experiences, and people that, despite the seeming disarray, is captivating & confusing; patterened & yet unpredictable. But most of all, it is mysteriously designed, purposed, and appointed. For what? I don't know yet... but I'm learning as I go.

3 responses »

  1. Sweet Meredith,
    Why, oh why, did you initially interpret everyone of these traits to be a negative thing? These are all beautiful and wonderful traits that God has created in you! You are NOT a boring-talks to much-thin skinned-blends in- big fat flirt! LOVE YOU!

  2. You certainly are unique and I mean that in a very positive way! My strengths finder top 5 are as follows:

    1. Adaptability
    2. Strategic
    3. Ideation
    4. Maximizer
    5. Deliberative

    You’ve got the book so I’ll let you look up what they say about each one.

    Ultimately, you are absolutely spot on by celebrating who you are as a unique creation of God. I can absolutely see each of your strengths and how you use them in your daily interactions…the REAL definitions, not your initial interpretations.

    Keep being you because you’re a pretty special person!

  3. I agree with Ric – these are obvious strengths that God has built in to you that those around you see each day.
    And, most importantly, you are using them for His glory.

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