I’ll admit it. I’m a sucker for quizzes. I guess that gives me away as a homeschooler, huh?
I even like those silly Facebook ones. (No, no, not the ones that tell you what your name means. Come on, people. Have you never heard of Google?) I recently took one that told me I liked quiet Christmases at home after I had caught a horrible cold and turned down three invitations. That made me feel cozy. Also, it told me I was like hot chocolate, which made me hungry too, but I digress.
Silly ones aside, a well designed quiz can give you a perspective on your personality that you haven’t had before.
We all know how our thoughts sound on the inside – we don’t need any help there. A well designed quiz though can help you see your own weaknesses and strengths in a slightly more objective light. A quiz that does what it says can solidify nagging doubts you might have had about yourself and help you navigate daily life with more information and generally can enhance your own chance of success – whether as a homeschooler or a mom or just as a person in general.
A well-designed quiz can remind us of and remedy the fact that sometimes failure is just lack of self-knowledge.
Here are my three favorites – handpicked to give you a greater chance of success at homeschooling and life in general. Go, mom!
This test is based on Katharine Cook Briggs’ test, the Myer’s Brigg’s Type Indicator who in turn based her work on Carl Jung’s psychological types.
The test assumes that every person prefers a certain cognitive function over others and finds it easier to rely on it in everyday situations. This test measures introversion/extraversion, thinking/feeling, judging/perceiving and intuition/sensing.
I’ll share my own experience with the test. I always showed up as an INFJ until recently when I showed up as an ISTJ. That was huge! I went from a quiet, inspiring idealist to a practical, reliable person. Eeek! Was there some mistake, I wondered. It was late at night, so I took the test again the next morning. Same answer.
Interesting! I thought. Maybe something about homeschooling changed me.
It sure would make sense because some of my friends tell me I’m nothing like an unschooler now, even though I cling doggedly to my claim on that title.
Of course, while we are on the topic of homeschooling, I have to mention this one.
I have written about it in the past and one mom I look up to mentioned to me that she showed up as an unschooler and she would have never thought of herself as one. I love this quiz, however, and it gives you a pretty good idea of where your strengths lie.
Do not, for instance, buy desks and a chalkboard if you score low on traditional schooling. Just a thought.
This one was created by Gretchen Rubin, one of my favorite non-fiction writers. If you haven’t read her books, you should immediately find a copy of The Happiness Project and read it today. I love that when I read her writing, I feel like I’m having coffee with a friend I haven’t met in years and in the time she has been away, she has learned some amazing things she is now sharing with me.
Okay, I’ll stop gushing.
My experience with this quiz was that it settled something in my mind. I’ve always wondered why – when it came to some social groups (not all) – I wanted desperately to belong but too much intimacy made me feel, in fact, distant. If someone told me to do something, I was less likely to do it unless I was completely convinced this was the best thing to do and was committed heart and soul to doing it.
This quiz showed me that there was a reason I tend to behave like this. My dominant tendency is that of a Rebel.
It was as if a light had been turned on in my head. Of course! I thought. It was a relief. And it explained much of my annoying behavior. (Yes, Rebel personalities annoy themselves because they don’t want to listen to themselves, either.)
All this to say…
Try the quizzes. You will be most successful as a homeschooler or a mom if you play to your strengths.
If you’re a Rebel personality and score high on the traditional school, hey, maybe homeschooling is not for you. Then again, if you’re an Upholder and score high on unschooling, you might want to find an unschooling group to support you (or start one to lead!) and you might find fulfillment in that endeavor that lasts well beyond your homeschooling years.
If you’re a mom, the same rules apply. If you’re an introvert, don’t sign up to direct a show. Play to your strengths. This is only going to reveal information about yourself to you. Put it to good use!