I went to a session last semester on communication skills. Our presenter started out with a strange little personality test. I'd never taken this particular one before. So, I'm going to invite you to take it along with me, and I'll use my test as the example.
Start by taking out a blank piece of paper. Now, draw a pig. Yeah, weird, I know, but that is all the instructions you get. No peeking ahead! You go draw; I'll wait here.
Here's my piggy.
- Where is the pig in proportion to the page? Mine's in the top left corner.
Toward the top of the paper, you are positive and optimistic. That's me!
Toward the middle, you are a realist.
Toward the bottom, you are pessimistic, and have a tendency to behave negatively.
- Which direction does your pig face? Mine is facing straight ahead.
Facing left, you believe in tradition, are friendly, and remember dates (birthdays, etc.)
Facing right, you are innovative and active, but don't have a strong sense of family, nor do you remember dates.
Facing front (looking at you), you are direct, enjoy playing devil's advocate and neither fear nor avoid discussions. Yeah, that sounds about right.
- How detailed is your drawing? I guess mine is fairly detailed. He has a little house and a sun.
With many details, you are analytical, cautious, and distrustful. Yea, probably so, although this one doesn't sound so nice.
With few details, you are emotional and naive, you care little for details and are a risk-taker.
- How many legs does your pig have? I tried really hard to draw my pig with just 3 legs, you know, perspective and all, but in the end it bothered me and I quickly added in the fourth leg. Because, pigs have four legs!
With less than 4 legs showing, you are insecure or are living through a period of major change.
With 4 legs showing, you are secure, stubborn, and stick to your ideals. Um, yeah, me again.
- How big are the ears? Ugh, another relative question. I think my pig's ear are just the right size. Not big, not small, just average.
The size of the ears indicates how good a listener you are. The bigger the better. I guess that means I'm average.
- How long is the pig's tail (if there even is one)? Seriously? it's long enough! Our presenter said if it has 3 or more curls, then it's a long tail. Ok, fine, my pig has a long tail.
The length of the tail indicates the quality of your sex life. Again more is better. Um, no comment.