Who Am I?

Although I am a scientific person and recognise the lack of evidence for them, I absolutely adore doing personality tests, reading about my Zodiac sign, finding out the meanings behind my name, and, yes, reading my horoscopes, but I genuinely find them interesting, and, dare I say it, relatable?

I thought it would be fun to include some of the results I’ve found doing certain tests below, and for you to tell me your personality type. I am pretty obsessed with reading these things.

The RHETI test.
I discovered this literally 10 minutes ago, in fact it actually inspired this post, because I was so interested in all the different types of people there are.

The RHETI is based on the Enneagram, which is a pretty complex idea but basically it’s a circular graph with nine points inside it, connected to one another with triangles (think of the Charmed logo, but more lines.) These basically connect together in different ways, ultimately showing your personality type (I said it was complex.) The overall orientation of your personality is actually influenced by childhood factors, even including genetics. (I do recommend you read this if you want to know more, https://www.enneagraminstitute.com/how-the-enneagram-system-works/ ) So the nine points mean nine personality types, and though they’re named after their number they also have a word name too. They range from, Type 1, The Reformer, to Type 9, The Peacemaker.

So, what’s my number? Well I took the sample test (sod paying money for the official one, here is a link to it, https://trans4mind.com/rheti_html/test.html) and my three biggest numbers were, 2, 4 and 6. And, after reading the descriptions, I have concluded I am a Type 6, aka, The Loyalist. So, to sum me up, I am the “committed, security-orientated type.” Already I was pretty convinced. The website told me that:
“Sixes are reliable, hard-working, responsible, and trustworthy. Excellent “trouble-shooters,” they foresee problems and foster cooperation, but can also become defensive, evasive, and anxious—running on stress while complaining about it. They can be cautious and indecisive, but also reactive, defiant and rebellious. They typically have problems with self-doubt and suspicion. At their Best: internally stable and self-reliant, courageously championing themselves and others.” AND I WAS SO SHOCKED AT THE ACCURACY, I feel like this is me down to a T. It weirdly is similar to the traits of the Cancer zodiac type, so now my whole world makes sense. If you want to find out more about my type, click here.

The 16 personalities/ NERIS Type.
Although a vague name, this is basically your ESTPs to your INFJs. All those letters I’m sure we’ve all heard about before, if not, these basically refer to whether you’re extroverted or introverted, and then cognitive functions referring to your thoughts and feelings, (read more here, https://www.16personalities.com/articles/our-theory)

I’d done this test before (yep, more than once) but thought I would take it again today to give you an accurate result, also because I am curious to see if I’ve changed. If you want to do this test, click here. And my results were actually the same, I am an INFJ-T aka the Advocate. So, I am 92% Introverted, 71% iNtuitive, 74% Feeling, 84% Judging and 93% Turbulent. So, what does this mean? Well according to the website I am “quiet and mystical, yet very inspiring and tireless idealists” (I BLOODY LOVE THIS.) It goes on to say:
“The Advocate personality type is very rare, making up less than one percent of the population, but they nonetheless leave their mark on the world. As members of the Diplomat Role group, Advocates have an inborn sense of idealism and morality, but what sets them apart is that they are not idle dreamers, but people capable of taking concrete steps to realize their goals and make a lasting positive impact.”
There are literally pages and pages of information on these types, which is great as it means you can learn so much, but to conclude my type, and so not to waste too much of your life, it said:
“Few personality types are as sensitive and mysterious as Advocates. Your imagination and empathy make you someone who not only cherishes their integrity and deeply held principles but, unlike many other idealistic types, is also capable of turning those ideals into plans, and executing them.”

There are dozens of these tests out there, which excites me a lot. So if you don’t hear from me again it’s probably because I can’t stop doing them.


Have Your Say

With another election looming for us Brits, it’s important to know how to choose who to vote for. This election is set to be a dramatic change to our lives and we deserve a say in what should happen. So here are a few tips on knowing who to vote for:

  1. Register.
    The most important thing to do pre-election. If you’re eligible, please do register
  2. You matter.
    It’s easy to think “oh I won’t vote, loads of people will” or “what difference will I make”12 million people thought the same in the last election. That’s insane and huge. Remember it’s your right to have your say.
  3. Study.
    This isn’t a fun word, but it’s an important one. Make sure you look at each party and politician carefully, listen to arguments, read their Twitter profiles, watch the debates. Make sure you have the confidence that you understand what they’re offering. It’s so easy to see one photo or one slogan or one bus *cough* and think that’s the be all and end all.  Politics is a messy and scary industry, and it’s easy to be misinformed.
  4. You
    This is your vote, not your mum’s or dad’s or friend’s. If someone’s a hardcore Tory, a lifelong Labour or a UKIP “for the lols” voter, don’t think that you have to follow in their footsteps. It’s up to you to decide what you agree with, what issues are close to your heart, and what you want the future of the country to look like, No one elses.

What Have We Learnt?

I’ve done a lot of thinking recently. This year is my final year in education, which got me thinking… I started secondary school in 2007. TEN YEARS AGO. Which then made me think about secondary school, which then made me think, what did I actually learn? (I told you I’d done a lot of thinking)

So let’s chat about the education system and what those five years in school actually taught me.

  1. People can be brutal.
    I think it’s very hard to settle into a friendship group in school, the popular group seems so out of reach and idealistic yet not at all like a good place to be, then there’s one group that seem like the best of friends but they’re the uncool and bullied group and, well, out of fear you stay away. So what does this make? A hierarchical system, which seems to imply some sort of potential to “progress to the top” (this is a whole different kettle of fish,) you may have guessed I never made that progression, I was pretty close to the bottom of the hierarchy, but that didn’t bother me. Even though, as it later transpires, I never fitted in with the group I was in. But they were all I had (Friendships on Rough Seas.) The other non-group students can be quick to judge you, if you’re intelligent you’d better be popular or you’ll be called a nerd, if you’re not as bright you’d better make people laugh or you’ll be called thick. You can’t win.
  2. Horrible Histories is the only place you’ll learn about history.
    I don’t know about you (but I’m feeling 22) but my history lessons at school were awful. I remember sod all. Actually I lie, I do remember two things. One, the teacher dressed up as an executioner and hid in the stationary cupboard. Two, this was the class I met my best friend in. Other than that I have no recollection, truth be told I don’t think I could even tell you when World War 2 was, and I hate myself for this ignorance. I watched, and indeed still do on occassion Horrible Histories and this show taught me so much (although as I have a shocking memory some of it is probably very confused.) To this day I still remember the lyrics to the theme tune. Long story short, history teachers should just wheel in that old massive telly and put Horrible Histories on in class.
  3. Maths anxiety is a thing
    I used to cry over maths. One of my strongest memories of the first year of school was when I cried about the maths homework outside the classroom, my teacher was so concered he rang my parents. What didn’t help was my fellow classmates who laughed at me. For some reason though teachers always seemed to love me and this guy slammed them down, and for that I am grateful. But maths anxiety is a thing and annoyingly, I don’t think many teachers understand this. I used to lack so much confidence with my maths, I’d need things explained to me several times, and I would need time to get used to the work. Once I was setteled I actually enjoyed maths, the problem solving was quite fun and, I was pretty fast at getting the work done. I think if I’d recognised this anxiety earlier and had it nurtured I’d probably have done something science based at uni as I really love science (but this is a weird existential thought that I want to forget immediately. ) It was actually commented on at a parents evening once, I think the teacher said something along the lines of “it’s unusual to have a student in the highest set for science, yet be in the third set for maths.” So you can imagine how that made me feel.
  4. There are three types of rock
    This is one of the facts I do remember from school. Igneous, metamorphic, sedimentary. Boom. Not that I have an issue with learning this, I loved geography. I just wish we were actually taught important life skills. Such as, where countries actually are on the map, the capital cities of these countries etc etc. This isn’t just limited to geography. In French I wrote an article about the global fashion industry, yet in France I can’t order a jug of water for the table, book a taxi or know what to say at a till. I don’t know what a mortgage is, how to buy a house, what a credit score is. Need I go on?
  5. Trends
    When I say trends I mean to do with the fashion that is school unoforms. Head bands were cool, thin eyebrows were on, and if your shirt was tucked in and your tie was long you were bullied. Looking back that look was scruffy at best, and when my brother started school, specifically his last two years he found it hilarious and weird how that was cool. Because when he was at school it was cool to tuck your shirt in and have a normal tie. I just find it so strange how these things came to exist, who decides what is considered fashion? And why was everyone obsessed with being cool?

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Comedy and Mental Health

Last night I saw Russell Howard’s Round the World tour live, and it was utterly incredible. It was a blend of observational comedy, satire, and deep thought-provoking discussions about current affairs, womens rights, self-harming and mental health. And it got me thinking, just how important I think it is that people take more time to go to comedy gigs (and indeed music, but this is focussing on comedy) as a way of coping with mental health issues.

As the world around us seems to crumble into a mess of damaging ideologies and just plain weird politics, it’s so important for people to try and look for the good in life, as Russell said yesterday you never know when the next laugh out loud moment will come, you need to look out for it. There’s something about sitting in a room full of people, people you may never have met, that connects you for two hours of laughter. Being in that one room, you’re focussed on the comedian on stage, you barely have time to think “oh did I remember to lock the back door” or “are the people behind me judging me?” or “what if I fail that exam I have next week” or “I’m so worried about the high rates of race crime.”

Of course, depending on the style of comedy you’re watching, these topics of conversation may come up, I know yesterday Russell talked about a lot of hard hitting stuff, but perfectly blended with perfect Donald Trump impressions, singing and hula hooping, you weren’t left feeling stressed. You could think about these important issues critically, then laugh, then move onto the next thing. And I think this is what’s so important. Being able to move on, it’s so easy to have something just loop around your brain, but at these gigs they don’t. Or if it’s not very political comedy, you just have a chance to laugh about the everyday things that links human beings together, whether that’s driving or football.

Being at the gig you feel at ease, or at least I do. I know I feel so much less anxious about what other people are thinking about me when I’m sat down in a gig, than when I’m just simply walking by a road.  I sometimes wonder if the comedian on stage realises the positive impact they have on people’s mental health.