The Personality Test Obsession: Mixed Signals

I looked at the random assortment of articles in front of me…

“Psychologists have discovered that the manner in which people eat Oreo cookies provides great insight into their personalities. Choose which method best describes your favorite way of eating Oreos…”

Sigh, really?!?! Who clued the Fishwrapper in on the current obsession of Paradise Lane?

Deborah had an incredible time in Bible School. She was inspired, challenged, revived- it was great. But there was one class in particular that we’ve heard a lot about. A Lot. Now, don’t get me wrong- I am queen of talking about whatever is on my mind, whatever excites me… I also love to analyze people- what makes us react the way we do, who we are. And so- while I will have a blast picking on Deb about this- I don’t blame her for a second, and I’m thoroughly enjoying the quest..


Understanding My Personality: with some reference to the Myer- Briggs theory.

Extrovert or Introvert? The definition here is rather simple- Extroverts are people people: old friends, new friends- anybody. An Introvert likes some people…  A little more of the “quiet and shy and if they talk at all- just say ‘Hi'” type…

Emily, Deborah and I spent part of a week in Southern Florida the end of Feb. Our get-away also included a 2 night cruise to the Grand Bahama Island. Up on the top deck of the Bahama Celebration was a really comfortable lounge area. I found that I loved to go up there and just sit in silence and watch the moonlight dancing on the endless waters, in front of our ship- Introvert. But it was really fun when a family showed up from Ecuador to attempt my faltering Spanish on them- Extrovert  (Deb saved the day here- because I was basically in over my head after saying “Do you speak Spanish”) Or the horse sale that I was at in Lancaster- I was heading to the van to spend some KH time- Introvert? When I came across a guy who’s crew had worked at our place multiple times… So I stopped to chat with him.. Extrovert? This is tough. Can you be an Introverted Extrovert? Somehow I have a good hunch I know which camp I’m in on this one… Better move on 🙂

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Intuitor or Sensor? Possibility or Fact? This one makes me think of thrift shopping.  Recent travels found me in Holmes County… They have racks of Amish dresses in their thrift stores. Cape, apron, and dress for $3. So I stood there looking- a dress for an Amish lady -fact- Sensor. But we could use that for our photo booth or its yards of fabric that could be upcycled to something exotic- possibility- Intuitor.. Hmmm both again?


Thinkor  vs Feeler:  Do you make decisions based on objective principals and fact? Or personal concerns and the people involved?

Emily had shoulder surgery last week. So the Thinkor vs Feelor is majorly at war here. She’s not to move her shoulder for 4 weeks. So does that mean she has to keep it in a sling- objective principle- Thinker… Or if her arm stays by her side and she’s extra careful- can she give the sling a break- personal concerns- Feeler… Deb? How many of these types can I have?


Judger- Organized… Plan out the work, then work out the plan… or Percievor- Adaptable… Go with the flow

Another example from Holmes County- last weekend… Before we left, I offered to make reservations a motel out there- Judger… But my gang said “Nah, we’ll find something” Percievor… So we drove along, like Mary and Joseph of old and after being turned away 3 times, we discovered room in the Millersburg Inn- built in 1847, and we all lived happily ever after. But NEXT trip to Holmes Co- I’m going to insist on the Judger side of me winning… (yes, Beth- you almost got surprise company 🙂 )


Is there a benefit in all this psychoanalyzing? 🙂 I think so. Clearly we are all individuals. Each wonderfully made with our own unique personalities, quirks, strong points, weaknesses..  So this is not an end in itself… Being a Perceivor is no excuse to have a room that looks like storm at sea… Judgers, no matter how organized, need to be flexible… But this does help understand each other… For example, Em totally understands her fascination with her boyfriend- Mr W in a whole new way- according to Deb’s 70 questions- Mother and Kerry have the same personality type- ESFJ. And although we haven’t subjected the bro-in-law to the test, we already know what his Personality type is… With his fascination with sports- Sherman has to be- ESPN… lol


I love you, Deb, and I hope you know I’m only having fun with this… Come, family, lets gather around the Oreo cookies..

Blessings on your week,


2 thoughts on “The Personality Test Obsession: Mixed Signals

  1. Oh my:) this made me laugh!! It’s so much easier to let Mr Raun interpret these things!! Trust me! But hey I’m a Judger and my room is in a constant state of confusion;) lol you ALWAYS excersizing the left hand!! 🙂

  2. We have had two times in Ohio when we could not find a motel. The one time we drove hours and finally found something just before midnight, the other time we pulled into a camp ground and slept there. It’s not a good idea to go to Ohio without making previous arrangements.
    As far as personality types, it takes all kinds to make an interesting world.

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