Self Analysis and Personality Diagnostic Tests

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Self Analysis and Personality Diagnostic Tests
People are created uniquely and different one to another, which results in character and personality differences. The needs of socialising and workplace purposes, such as career development and organisation effectiveness have ‘forced’ people to be more aware and understand their potentials through self-analysis. It requires people to assess themselves as an object in particular event or experience, which enables people to gain self-awareness (De Janasz, Wood, Gottschalk, Dowd, and Schneider, 2007, p.8). Self-awareness is the ability of an individual in assessing others’ evaluations of self and incorporate those evaluations in one self-evaluation, which then would help determine his potentials (Atwater and Yammarino, 1992, as cited in McCarthy, Garavan, 1992). Goleman (1998, as cited in McCarthy, Garavan, 1992) suggests that an individual who is self-aware has a deep understanding, which would help on maximise their strengths, learn to minimise or even overcome their weaknesses. Self-awareness can be gained through exercising several personality tests, which the results found to be reasonably accurate, and may assist by giving people illustrations about their self. This essay will talk about self-awareness through comparing and contrasting the personality tests, such as The Big Five Locator, Emotional Intelligence Test, Human Dynamics Profiler, and Personal Style Inventory which is based on Myers-Briggs Test.

Diagnostic Tools
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is another type of personality test, developed by Briggs Myers and Mary H. McCaulley (1998), based on four pairs of dimensions such as Introversion (I) and Extroversion (E), Thinking (T) and Feeling (F), Sensing (S) and Intuition (N), Perceiving (P) and Judging (J). Higgs (2001) claimed that of these eight elements, four can be considered as the dominant factors, which are Sensing, Intuitive, Thinking, and Feeling are considered as the dominant factors, which means these are the preference factors of people when they perceive and judge. While the other four elements reflects how people behave and their attitude toward inner and outer world (Myers and McCaulley, 1998, as cited in Higgs, 2001). These functions are put together to determine how people act on a course of action and how people perceive a situation (Higgs, 2001), which will benefit individuals by identifying their predominant behaviours. According to this diagnostic, I achieved a balance in the strengths for introversion and extroversion (IE), thinking and feeling (TF) and perceiving and judging (PJ) dimensions, while a relatively high score of sensing and intuition (SI). However after further opinions from close friends, I finally determined myself to be relatively INFP (introversion, intuition, feeling, perceiving). Based on the reality, I agreed that I am more of an introvert who works, act and make decisions independently, but also often misunderstood by others. Evidence suggested that introversion could help to become a more effective leader, since they tend to excel by working alone (Fell. 2008). Intuitor and perceiver also are parts of my personality, in which according to the model, I tend to solve and respond to problems in a short matter of time by jumping into conclusions, often leaving out certain details, indecisive and easily distract from tasks. As a feeler, it means that I easily sense other people feelings and aware of the situation’s atmosphere, which is important to maintain the harmony in social relationship.

The Big Five Locator
According to De Raad, Perugini (2002, p.2), the use of Big Five model is to serve as a standard medium of communication through collecting semantic materials for the purpose of describing individual differences. It required us to fill in the Big Five questionnaires to measures personality based on several elements such as emotional...
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