Your Personality – Complicated or Complex?

Things that are complicated have many working parts but the parts function in a linear direction. Part A moves part B which then moves part C. In simple terms, it is like a series of dominos falling one against another. Even elaborate (complicated) domino spirals and designs have predictable outcomes because the result of falling dominos can be measured and controlled.
Things that are complex also have many working parts but the actions and reactions of each part may or may not be impacted by all the other parts. In the game of chess there are 20 possible moves in the player’s first turn. 400 in the second. In the third move, there are 72,084. That is complexity. Every piece on the board is impacted in various ways depending on the choices each player makes.
Your personality is complex and unique. Personality assessments can determine basic patterns of behavior, how you may act or react in given situations but because your personality is complex it is impossible to know how you will act or react in every situation. One great benefit of a personality assessment is to provide a framework, a chess board and guide, that allows you to recognize patterns and make informed choices about the outcome, strategy and direction you will take emotionally and intellectually.
Relationships are not static. Everything we see, hear, smell, taste, touch and think impacts us in some way. As complex as we each are, a personality assessment will provide a mirror for you to see yourself in an objective way. Awareness of the patterns in your unique personality, defining your ‘normal’, will help your relationships with others by allowing you to see what is ‘you’, what is ‘them’ and take informed steps to improve, repair or, if necessary, avoid those relationships. Understanding yourself allows you to be resilient, drawing on your unique strengths to overcome and navigate through relationships in an informed way by understanding yourself and others.
Another way of viewing the benefit of a personality assessment is to think of it as an aerial view rather than the view from the ground. In the midst of the woods it is difficult to see what lies beyond your immediate surroundings…those trees, rocks and shrubs in your immediate vicinity (how you feel right now). From three thousand feet above you can clearly see the slope of the terrain, potential hazards and where the going may be easiest. On the ground, it is possible to find a recognizable landmark and navigate that way but with the 3,000 foot view you can make well informed decisions and minimize any guess work. Rather than going in circles you can move forward with certainty even though it may be a long hike out of the woods!
A personality assessment can be a powerful tool in helping you understand your unique and complex self!