Yesterday, I found myself talking about what I call “self-image” and “perceived self-image”:
We have phrases that we would use to privately describe ourselves (self-image). We could also come up with phrases for ourselves that we would use to describe how we think other people would describe us (perceived image). Strangely enough, self-image and perceived image are almost never the same. The difference is significant and depends upon an individual’s personality–how we judge ourselves and how we think we portray ourselves.
I then realized that this is a basis of one of those psychological tests that I’ve taken. The one I took is called the Predictive Index. The test has two steps: 1) you check boxes next to words that you think describe you and 2) you then check boxes next to the words that you think others would use to describe you (it’s the same set of words).
Here’s what this test claims about me just from this short exercise:
(Here’s a link to the PDF for better viewing: PredictiveIndex_Kevinvogelsang)
Some of this is proved out by the sheer fact that I blog and posted the results of a psychological test. However, I have a lot of doubts about these sorts of psychological tests (I go on a bit of a diatribe against them in my book. I’ll talk more about the reasons tomorrow perhaps). However, I think they can provide some perspective, and they do help you become a bit more self-aware.
What do you think of these conclusions about me? Does it seem like the tests work?
You probably have taken one of these tests before, or likely will take one, so it might be worthwhile to give them some thought.