A few months ago, I read StrengthsFinder 2.0 (in conjunction with other books like The Pathfinder... which I'm still working on. That book is massive!) in an attempt to examine myself in more detail. I didn't take the assessment at the time because I borrowed this book. Based on reading the description of each strength, I predicted that I would have the following as my top 5 themes:
Several days ago, I finally took the assessment. The results were:
Rank 5: INTELLECTION
This is how the intellection theme manifests in my thoughts and behavior:
Rank 4: DISCIPLINE
This is how the discipline theme manifests in my thoughts and behavior:
Rank 3: RESPONSIBILITY
This is how the responsibility theme manifests in my thoughts and behavior:
Rank 2: LEARNER
This is how the learner theme manifests in my thoughts and behavior:
Rank 1: EMPATHY
Something that I didn't even consider as a strength made it in as the top strength (!). After mulling over it for a while, things started to make sense: most of the things I mention below come so naturally to me to the point where I don't notice it. If there was anything I do notice about myself, it was because the strength was working against me (so I thought I had flaws).
After doing this exercise (which took me several days), I can say these two things: First, I think I know myself a bit better than I did before - I found a new way to consolidate/categorize my thoughts and behaviors. Second, I feel much more okay with myself than I did before. Throughout childhood and into adulthood and working life, I felt like I was constantly encouraged to contort myself into funky pretzel shapes to fit into unrealistic norms or environments that I naturally am not compatible with. I felt like there was always something wrong with me that I had to fix or hide.
I think I can let all of that go now :)
I'm Candice and I doodle with the intensity of the doomguy.