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It’s incredible to be understood. To be known for who you are and why you do things the way you do. And to know yourself. That’s how personality assessments can be your best friend.

1. Personality assessments are enlightening and entertaining.

You’ve probably taken personality assessments at work or for self-discovery. Or just for fun.

Some of your best twelve minutes today could be spent in completing a free online survey suggested to me by good friends. It’s hosted by 16 Personalities.

Scroll now to the survey at the bottom of this post if your personality type is impatient.

When you complete the survey you’ll receive a profile based on your responses. And you may hear yourself saying, “Uncanny. I was shocked how accurate this was. Undeniably eerie how the description nailed me so thoroughly.”

The results showed that I am a Defender. Link to my full profile.

2. Personality assessments play an important role in understanding behavior.

The Defender personality type is quite unique, as many of their qualities defy the definition of their individual traits.

Though sensitive, Defenders have excellent analytical abilities.

Though reserved, Defenders have well-developed people skills and robust social relationships.

And though they are generally a conservative type, Defenders are often receptive to change and new ideas.

That’s me.

3. Personality assessments can help you understand your strengths and weaknesses.

Here’s some (just some) of my weaknesses.

  • Humble and Shy – This is possibly a Defender’s biggest challenge. They are so concerned with others’ feelings that they refuse to make their thoughts known, or to take any duly earned credit for their contributions.


  • Take Things Too Personally – Defenders have trouble separating personal and impersonal situations. And any negativity from conflict or criticism can carry over from their professional to their personal lives, and back again.


  • Repress Their Feelings – People with the Defender personality type are private and very sensitive, internalizing their feelings a great deal. Much in the way that Defenders protect others’ feelings, they must protect their own. Their lack of healthy emotional expression can lead to a lot of stress and frustration.


  • Overload Themselves – Defenders’ strong senses of duty and perfectionism combine with an aversion to emotional conflict to create a toxic cocktail. It is far too easy for Defenders to overload themselves as they struggle silently to meet everyone’s expectations, especially their own.


  • Reluctant to Change – A situation sometimes needs to reach a breaking point before Defenders are persuaded by circumstance, or the strong personality of a loved one, to alter course.


  • Too Altruistic – Being such warm, good-natured people, Defenders are willing to let things slide, and believe that things will get better soon. They don’t want to burden others by accepting their offers of help, while their troubles mount unassisted.

Go all in to learn more about yourself. And others.

APPLICATION: Try the free personality test here. When you get your result, take a screenshot and post it in the comment section below. Or post the title description of your personality assessment. Please share this link with your friends on social media. Thank you.

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Bob Jones

Happily married to Jocelyn for 44 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vincent and daughter Jayda; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love inspiring people through communicating, blogging, and coaching. I enjoy writing, running, and reading. I'm a fan of the Double E, Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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