I like personality tests. I like what I can learn about myself or others and why we tend to act the way we do.
Still, I hate being labeled. I think as a culture we like labeling people. It is easier. If we can put a label on something we know how to deal with it. Reading the book blink, an appealing label will more likely to be bough no matter what is inside. We judge a book by its cover.
And we tend to label people so we know how to deal with them. Some just fit a stereotype. The label may not be wrong or off. It may indeed be very accurate. And the label may not be negative, still it is a label.
I feel like I have been labeled as: irresponsible, fun/fun-loving, lazy, nice, immature, weak.
Not all bad things, I suppose, still it is label.
I think of another who has been labeled as serious, smart, stubborn,
Or another who has been labeled as the opposite of serious.
Here’s what happens – if I get labeled as being melancholy, which I’m not really, people assume I’m being pessimistic, and don’t want to really engage in a conversation with me. If they think I am fun, they don’t think I’m being serious when I ask them questions- which I always am.
If someone is labeled as being smart, they assume they are being cynical.
We need to remove preconceptions, even as we know someone. The more we get to know someone, the more we realize how little we know…. And labels just block how deep we can get, how much we can enjoy a person…
Be wary of labels…