Have you taken the Myers-Briggs test? The animal personality trait test? Communication style test? There are countless tests with the intention of basically telling you who you are. These tests give us insight about our personalities and how we interact with others – especially those with different personalities than us. Even more so, we get a picture of how we might be getting along with folks at work – the people we oftentimes see more than our own families.
Let’s see, I’m a Popular Sanguine, Peacock, Socializer – meaning all the same thing – I like to have a good old time and talk to people as much as possible. If you thought of my kind as a character from the “Winnie the Pooh” series of books, I’d be Tigger.
Tigger is cheerful, outgoing, competitive in a friendly way, and completely confident in himself. Some of the things which he claims Tiggers can do include flying, jumping farther than a kangaroo, swimming, and climbing trees but sometimes he has a hard time accomplishing these things, but he never gives up.
No other “Tiggers” appear in Winnie the Pooh, I’m the only Tigger at my workplace too. We’ve got some Poohs, my golly a lot of Eeyores and maybe a Kanga, a Rabbit and a Piglet too.
Tigger even wrote a song about his uniqueness that goes a little something like “The wonderful thing about Tiggers / Is Tiggers are wonderful things / Their tops are made out of rubber / Their bottoms are made out of springs / They’re bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy fun, fun, fun, fun, fun / But the most wonderful thing about Tiggers is I’m the only one / IIIII’m the only one!”
But is Tigger really, truly ok with being the only one? Sometimes I wonder if I am. I want to have fun in everything I do, while doing everything well. It’s an easy balance Tigger and I say! I want to bounce and trounce and flounce and pounce!
I wonder if Tigger ever felt so much oppression. What’s wrong with wanting to listen to music, play with Silly Putty and kick up your paws, er … heels and think, think, think. I thought Pooh was the one who invented that term? See, I’m even more Pooh-like than I thought! Who says this type of “creative strategizing” wouldn’t help me create a crackerjack masterpiece?
Ok, ok – I know Eeyores need their quiet and their space and oh bother, don’t want any silliness. Part of learning about your personality is learning to understand others and respect their ways as well. I have to give credit to some of the Eeyores with whom I work. They are talented people who produce amazing things. And sometimes there are one-liners that make me laugh out loud.
However, at times I feel so oddballish and different. I sometimes feel as if I’m bouncing, I mean, walking on eggshells – when Tigger and I just want to dance like an octopus and then write the greatest article of our lives!
I consider myself somewhat unlike many of those in my personality type who are always late, irresponsible and really flighty. I’m almost always on time, I am obsessively organized and know how to behave appropriately in well, most situations!
It is fun to take these tests, but we cannot let them completely define us because none of us fit into a perfect little box.
The good news is that I’m employed at a fabulous organization who appreciates me for who I am – stripes and all. I know I have a lot to offer them and do get to incorporate my unconventional ways into what I do every now and then.
They also appreciate the fact that my experience in fast-paced newsrooms gives them the opportunity to ask me to turn around an article or project on a super-fast deadline – which I secretly love. That’s the time when I truly get to bounce and trounce and flounce and pounce and everybody understands me just a little bit better.
I truly appreciate the Poohs, Eeyores, Kangas, Piglets and Rabbits of my office. It makes us a stronger team to have such diversity. We all have something very special to offer our organization and each other. I don’t know if we all understand why we do things the way we do – I’m sure the Eeyores would rather me be as quiet as them, and I’d love to hear a little more ruckus on their end.
However, sometimes I think it is nice to be unique because I know I can continue to learn from others and improve myself. Tigger has certainly encountered many adventures with all of his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. He learns a little something each time along the way, but stays true to himself – what more could any of us ask for?
In the meantime, I’ll keep on bouncing on and look forward to the many more ways to improve my Tiggerness. AND, no matter what personality type you are – I encourage you to do so too! No matter who you are, you are YOU!
TTFN! Ta, ta for now!><(("> Mandy Stark
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