Ok, fine. I’ll update. I have a blazing headache, and I ate too much bad food at lunch today, but that’s just the way it is. This week has been unusually busy, and there is no end in sight. Even Saturday and Sunday are busy. But I am a trooper, and I will survive.
Last night was Camelot, and it was very entertaining. I laughed a lot, and that’s always a good sign. Jennyanydots dumped her frozen (melted) lemonade all over, so the ground was mega-sticky. But all in all, it was an enjoyable evening, enhanced by the fact that we started it off with dinner at Olive Garden, my favorite! We only have one more musical this season, Chicago. I’ve never seen it, but Jennyanydots is sure I’ll like it. However, I was sure she’d like Anna and the King, and it sucked, and we both hated it. So we’ll see.
“Why the heck can’t everyone be more like me?”
We have been talking a little bit about different personality types here at work, and I thought I’d share my perspective with you. The most popular “Assessment” is the DISC. They stand for Dominant, Inspiring, Steady, and Cautious. Here are a few words from each category so you get an idea:
D – Dominating, Directing, Demanding, Determined, Decisive, Doing.
I – Inspiring, Influencing, Inducing, Impressing, Interactive, Interested in people.
S – Steady, Stable, Shy, Security-oriented, Servant, Submissive, Specialist
C – Cautious, ComIncredipetent, Calculating, Compliant, Careful, Contemplative.
Those are the standard meanings. You can have some of several or all of them or just have one. For instance, I am totally off the charts D. D’s are extroverted and sometimes come off as hot tempered, although they rarely hold grudges or mean things personally. I like to be in charge, make quick decisions, and I don’t like to listen to other people’s opinions, and I don’t like small talk when I’m trying to get something accomplished. Often people tell me I’m an a-hole because I tend to run right over people, but they don’t understand my personality or how to deal with me. If they would just give me their opinion quickly, concisely, and with supporting evidence, I would appreciate it. But I’m not interested in hearing that they “have a good feeling” about a course of action.
The other categories are somewhat interesting, too. I tend to date girls that are high I, which is the other extroverted personality type. That means that they do most of the talking, and they focus mainly on trying to make sure everyone around them is happy. Now, when I have to work with a high I, it annoys the crap out of me. I don’t want to chit chat about the color of your toenails. I want to get the job done. Strange that a personality type I find profoundly annoying ends up being the girls I am attracted to. I also like girls that are high D, but when two D’s get together, it can become a power struggle, and that’s never good. I have friends that are D’s and we get along fine. We tell each other that the other one is dumb, and neither of us really care one way or the other. But I think as far as dating, I need someone a little more supportive than a D would be.
C’s are very rare. Some might say they’re anal retentive, and that’s because they are. They can’t make a decision without tons of research and tons of data. They make good auditors and accountants, but they would make lousy field commanders, because everyone would be dead before they made a decision. That’s why so frequently military officers are high D. You have to make a decision quickly and then live with it, good or bad.
The group I have the hardest time coping with, are the S’s. These people can’t STAND change. They are what I think of as stuck in the mud. They will drag their feet and moan until I’m ready to choke them to death. I have friends that are high S… heck, even my mother is, but I don’t try to work with them. If there were no S’s, the D’s would probably blow up the world within a year, but they’d have a dang good time while it lasted. The S’s hold it all together, and although it’s extremely annoying to me, it’s needed.
Anyway, I won’t bore you with this topic anymore, but I would like to hear from all of you what you think your personality type is. If you’ve already taken a DISC test, then you need to be honest, even if it told you that you were an S… I won’t hold it against you.