I have long been interested in the Myers-Briggs type tests and quizzes. They say there are 16 basic personality types and there are lots of free quizzes out there for you to read up on. This is another type of quiz here as well if you are interested, but I really was fascinated with this new type of quiz that combined several things into one quiz!
There are many quizzes based on the four elements, but most are rather light on research. This quiz will analyze your personality using ancient theories such as the 4 Temperaments, the 4 Cardinal Virtues, and the writings of Plato and Aristotle, as well as modern theories such as the Myers Briggs (MBTI), the Enneagram, etc. So are you Earth, Water, Air, or Fire? (The quiz now includes mixed elements.) So without further ado, try this out and let me know in the comments on this blog what you got. Does it sound right? Share it with a friend.
First, what is an aura?
Since other people have described this way better than I could, I took an excerpt from MindBodyGreen:
The aura has long been described as an electromagnetic energy field that surrounds people—like an egg-shaped ball of energy that encompasses the body. The aura consists of seven levels/layers/auric bodies, also known as the physical, astral, lower, higher, spiritual, intuitional, and absolute planes.
Interesting…and confusing at the same time. So I then looked up this super cute way to explain it from wikiHow. <<< But hold on. Before you read that explanation, take this super fun quiz and then see if it really feels spot on to you!
The aura is an energy field that surrounds humans and ALL living things. It’s believed that the aura reflects a person’s thoughts and feelings! Are you ready to find out the color of your aura?
Something about this word almost makes me think someone made it up. However, I am reading this book called Aha! 10 ways to free your creative spirit and find your great ideas. The author is Jordan Ayan, and as I was reading it, several thoughts stuck me as powerful quotes that needed to be written down. The first one was this: New ideas are like bad dreams: They can be difficult to understand and they may go against the grain of our belief systems and thus frighten us. Wow. It occurred to me that I knew some truly frightened people out there. Don’t read into it. If this fits you, you know who you are.
The next thought I wanted to explore was this: Openness also pertains to being aware of and “tuned in” to the coincidences of life. A closed mind shuts out the chance meetings and events that often become opportunities for discovery and invention. How open am I to new experiences? Food? People? Most of my friends would rate me pretty high on this scale I think. Want to go to a new restaurant? Of course! So and so wants to come along. Sure, why not? I have an idea. Want to try this? Count me in. I have two tickets to a band you don’t listen to on a regular basis, but they sound cool. Who wants to go? Me, me! Yup. It was bluegrass. Don’t laugh. You know who you are. I wanted to play the banjo for a while after that. Anyway, in researching the word “openness”, I came across this personality test based on the Big Five. It really was free, and did not require any personal information before showing me my results. I wanted to take it before I told you about it.
Lastly, I wanted to share this thought: Risk taking is tied to your comfort zone. If you are tolerant of risks, you give yourself permission to leave your comfort zone to encounter new ideas, people, and information that can enhance your creativity. Paraphrasing here, but likewise if you are risk averse you will stay within your comfort zone, forsaking the potential challenges that might inspire you to new ideas and new experiences. I loved the use of the word forsaking here. Abandoning or to turn one’s back on new ideas for fear of the “potential challenges”. If this is you, please get out a notebook right now, journal every idea you have ever wanted to try, and write down why you didn’t do it. What is your fear? Then cross off that fear and look at it in a whole new way. What if that obstacle was removed? Would you be able to do it then? Okay, for me, that obstacle is money. My number one dream is travel. I am working on it. I really am, but I also know I am procrastinating, and perhaps even “forsaking” my dream if I wait much longer. So, I am working on a plan. That’s where I will you today. Make your plan. Change your life. Take control of your fears.
“By all means let’s be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.”
On my never ending quest to wellness, I find myself wondering how people really get their jobs. I have begun to think that they act as condescending as possible in the interview, practice putting you on hold for hours, and stand in front of a mirror talking with a scowl. Each morning these people wake up and stub their toes or hit their heads as soon as they get out of bed. They then take a shower only to realize the water is turning cold. Someone cuts them off in traffic each day only to arrive at work with a minute to spare. This must be the case.
Why else would I leave a message for two weeks at a doctor’s office only to get a message on my own machine saying they have tried to call me and this is my FINAL chance to call them back and make my appointment? I’m sure they forgot that they haven’t been answering the phone during office hours and that when I call them back to politely tell them so, they mention I must have called after hours. When I point out that their message says they close at 5 p.m. and I am calling at 4:30 p.m. Since they don’t know what their own message says, I ask them to call it themselves since they are telling me I am mistaken. Ha. What happened to the good ole’ days when the customer was always right?
The next week I call another place I was referred to. I must fill out paperwork and drop it off before they will even consider seeing me. I can do that. I rush over to the place as I know they close early, but I can’t recall exactly when. I get there and drop off my paperwork. I ask when they close and she said “NOW”. Oh, I’m sorry. No introductions, no idea who she is at all. I am new to this place. She tells me to sit down. Not asks, mind you, tells me. Orders is more like it. I still have no idea who this woman is. Another woman comes out and tell me that there are only two times I can be seen. Both in the middle of my work day of course. Not knowing if I can do this, I pick a random time. They are not willing to make accommodations at all. Sigh. I get to work the next day and realize that time won’t work. I call back and get someone on the phone who answers curtly with no name given. It’s not like I know who it could be anyway as the two ladies from the day before were so pleasant. She has no idea who I am and can’t place me. I tell her I was just there the previous evening. “Oh, yeah, you came late.” I ask her if she is the receptionist, and she says “yeah, let’s just say that.” REALLY? Let’s just say you are the unabomber shall we? You have as much personality. I ask for her name and she spits it out at me. So much scorn comes through the phone I wonder how she makes it through the day. I am pondering how to handle this “receptionist” when next we meet. I hope I come up with a good plan.
” Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn the power of man.” ~William Shakespeare