Did you know there are 5 different personality types?
This morning I woke up early after a morning of tossing and turning, and went to a spin class. I thought about cancelling the whole sleepless night, but luckily I was meeting a friend and didn’t want to disappoint her. I pushed through the drowsiness and the inevitable excuses and put my gym clothes on to race out the door. I arrived at spin to a new instructor or atleast new to me. She motivated me to write this blog post! She spoke words of affirmation. She made me excited to carry on my day with strength. Spin is not foreign to me, I go several times a month, but her class was different. She only put the statistics of the room on the board twice. Now for all the competitive personalities out there you might be cringing. It ignited my thought process.
Let me tell you the 5 personality types:
This relates to your work ethic and organizational skills. Those with this trait plan ahead and aim high. They may also take a great interest in one topic, rather than a passing interest in many.
In turn, those who do not score highly as conscientious consider this type of person as obsessive and stubborn.
Friendliness and compassion are among the characteristics of an agreeable person. They are also more trustworthy. Agreeableness is also used a measure of how even-tempered a person is. Those who score low in this may be argumentative, challenging or competitive.
Those who score highly for this trait thrive interacting with others. They are extremely talkative, energetic, assertive, and are not fazed by being the centre of attention. On the contrary , a person who scores low on this may regard an extrovert as attention seeking and overly dominant.
A person who scores highly in this area is likely to react negatively to a situation or potential scenario, and will feel more anxious, angry or vulnerable than others. Such behaviour can be interpreted as a sign of insecurity or unstability by those who get low marks in this area.
Openness to experience:
If you fall into this category you have a voracious appetite for learning about new things, are intellectually curious, highly creative and imaginative. Those who are “open to experience” thrive on spontaneous lifestyles over rigid routines and seek out intense moments.
On the other end of the spectrum are those who pragmatic and seek help in data.
I struggled to find just one for me, but I am sure my close friends and family would find great joy in placing me in 1 single category. Why do I bring this up? Back to my spin class. What do you think the chances are the person at the very bottom of the statistics screen (or the bottom 5) will want to come back? Do you think they left feeling accomplished or ready to take on their day?
Studies show humans tend to be competitive. Economists say competition is an essential force maintaining productive and efficient markets. One would be unintelligent to debate this point. Take into consideration Target and Walmart or Facebook and Twitter. Without competition a monopoly would be held on the market. There is a reason laws were created to restrict these actions.
A study at Princeton University looked at competition for pro-social causes such as getting people to donate to charities. During the competition the number of donations were high, but, and here is the kicker, as soon as the competition was over donations returned to rates found before the competition. Now take into consideration the idea behind doing something for internal reasons instead of external reasons such as competition. There is a psychological concept known as the “helper’s high” that suggests doing good actually makes people feel good mentally and physically. Economists refer to it as the “warm glow”.
Imagine two worlds one with a “warm glow” of do gooders and one with a world filled with competition. All the competitive people out there would vote the later world because winning is FUN! But what about for the people that don’t see the benefit of winning. How can losing build stable and strong traits for work, family or friends? An employee is less likely to succeed at work when pressured with competitive forces. Psychological research suggests that intrinsically motivated behavior is much more likely to be sustained in the long-term.
Let’s ponder on my spin class and imagine the return rate or the productive rate if the class was more about how we feel inside when we leave? Today’s instructor hit the nail on the head when she said, “the best way to become emotionally stronger is to start physically”. She didn’t say get to the top of the board! Leave your neighbor in the dust and win! She motivated us to turn the knob one more time. To push through the pain. To become stronger so we can deal with those battles that lay ahead.
Today will be a good day. The people who change the world are those who dare to be different! Stand apart today, be different. The world will be a better place because we help strengthen ourselves from the inside out!