tabascoLast night, in yet another attempt to avoid household drudgery, I took an Internet quiz about whether I was left or right-brained. I can never exactly remember what traits go with which kind of brainedness. But maybe that’s because my quiz result was that I was both-brained. Which didn’t much surprise me. Actually, maybe it explains some things. Like the fact that at 50-something I *still* don’t know what I want to be when I grow up?

Are you right or left-brained? Or both brained? What is your Myers-Briggs? I don’t know mine. People have tried to predict it. I am pretty sure I am not an INTJ but I do share some INTJ traits. But not all. One of these days maybe I’ll take the test and we’ll see. True Colors? I have done workshops on that. With the Haisley PTO, don’tcha know. I’m a “green”. Some o’ my best friends were “orange” and they were having the best time at their table throwing wads of paper at each other. Everybody at my table (including yer fav-o-rite blahgger) was spewing out volumes of intense blather about themselves.

Maybe a better question is do you believe in this stuff? What does it mean? How is it useful to know someone’s personality type or whatever? I’m not sure. I think that personalities come in gazillions and quintillions of variations across a three-dimensional continuum. How do you try to quantify that? You can’t, of course. Not really. Then again, I know from going to True Colors workshops that I at least came out of there with a new insight into what might make some of the people that drove me the craziest tick. Uh, like myself…

9 Responses to “BothBird-brained”

  1. Jay Says:

    We did the Colors thing at our office (not True Colors, so maybe different) – Green = Analytical, Blue – Warm Fuzzy People person, Brown = Just do it, Red = wild and crazy extroverts. OK so those are extremes, and everyone has a bit of all, but it is knowing what your strengths are that helps to understand how you act with others. I am an extreme green, and now people at work know not to take offense when I don’t remember their b-days or say good morning all the time. And I know that most of our customer service folks are Blues, because that is a good trait for people that deal with customers all day long, and it is important for them to check in with each other everyday to make sure they are all doing well. The 1/2 hour of morning chit-chat in customer service used to drive me crazy. But after I understood how it helped them be the best at their job it was just OK, (and they don’t try to include me in said chit-chat). ((Wow – that was long-winded – and over-analytical)

  2. Pooh Says:

    The nice lady at the yarn store was ringing up my purchase, and she asked how to spell my last name. I handed her my credit card and said, “here it’s written on here if you’re a visual learner.” To which she replied, “I may be a vision, but I’m not a visual learner!” Apparently, I was using teacher-speak, instead of just going, “R-E-G-E-N…”

  3. kayak woman Says:

    Jay’s brown sounds like Gold in the workshops I was in. Gold folks make the trains run on time. And her red sounds like our orange. Way back when in the dark ages when I did this with the PTO, gold was my second strongest color. Many years later, I did it again in a community college class. I was still a very strong green but this time blue was my second strongest color. “They” say these things don’t change with time. But.

  4. jane Says:

    if I remember correctly I’m an INTP or an INTJ. whatever. I find some of the questions hard to answer because I wonder – am I in a work situation or a personal life situation? and I’m sure that says something about one of my letters, but I just don’t care.

    never did any ‘color’ testing, but I think I’d like to be mauve or ochre or some other cool color from the 64 pack of Crayolas. perhaps periwinkle.

  5. Jay Says:

    Wait – you got the 64 pack. All I ever remember was the 16-pack.

  6. Margaret Says:

    I’ve never done the color thing, but teacher inservices used to be all over these style or personality tests. I found out that I’m almost equally concrete sequential, abstract random and abstract sequential, but not at all concrete random, that I’m visual/kinestetic(sp?) but not very auditory and numerous other things about my personality and how it affects my teaching style. Now teacher inservices are all about race, state tests and graduation rates.

  7. grandmothertrucker Says:

    I am a rainbow! Groovy huh?

    My son Doug is in tune like Luke Skywalker. He had Bi-latral Temors and ADD Diagnosis’ as a child. Now he juggles ten Acrylic Balls at once, while balancing stuff, juggles fire, tightrope walker…. he is both brainded, or ambidextrous… how do you spell that, what color is it, and which side of your brain is it using… or both?

  8. grandmothertrucker Says:

    He was also diagnosed as having an IQ of 128.

  9. jane Says:

    Jay – no, I never got the 64 pack until some friends at my last job gave me a box. I have it somewhere….