Yeah, that’s right – eHarmony.
I went all the way through their personality assessment to find I can’t use their site because my divorce isn’t final and therefore I’m not single.
So I’m using their five-part personality assessment of me as parts 14-19 in my random facts about me that at least one of my friends says he’s not too interested in as it so easily turns into a narcissistic airing of “dirty laundry.” I was thinking by airing it I was washing it in some cathartic way, but nevermind.
I’ll italicize my comments on each of my so-called personality traits below. Each begins with eHarmony’s introduction.
1: Introduction to Agreeableness
This section of your profile describes your interactions with other people. The ways we communicate our feelings, beliefs and ideas to others are influenced by our cultural backgrounds, the way we were raised, and sometimes which side of the bed we got up on this morning.
My bed is against the wall so for me I’m always getting up on the left side – right side though if it is you looking at me from my feet up to my head. The dog lying on my feet at the end of the bed will bite you if you try to wake me.
Some of us are very mindful of others making decisions we hope will be in their best interests, even if it means sometimes neglecting our own interests. Others of us believe each person should be responsible for themselves, taking deep pride in our own character and independence with a firm belief that others are best served by doing the same. The following describes how you engage with others; illustrating the dimension of your personality that determines your independence or your desire to reach out and touch others in meaningful ways.
“Come on, Come on, Come on now touch me babe! Can’t you see that I am not afraid. What was that promise that you made…” – The Doors, “Touch Me”
You are best described as:
TAKING CARE OF OTHERS AND TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF
Words that describe you:
A General Description of How You Interact with Others:
You are important. So are other people, especially if they are in trouble. You have a tender heart, but you know how to establish and keep personal boundaries. You are empathetic and compassionate, but you also believe that it’s best if people solve their own problems and learn to take care of themselves, if they are able. You are deeply moved by the needs of others, but you know that if you don’t take good care of yourself, you’ll wind up being of no use to anyone. So yours is a thoughtful compassion. You strive to be fair and sensible, taking care of others while also taking care of yourself.
When someone really is in trouble, you like to collaborate with them toward a solution; they do their part, you do yours. You consider carefully, and respond in a sensible way; they do their part, and together you move through the difficulty. You seldom act impulsively; rather, when a problem arises, you take your time to think through the situation. This contemplative quality usually means that you’ll arrive at a diplomatic solution, one that’s fair for the other person and also fair to you. It’s frequently a win/win situation.
Negative Reactions Others May Have Toward You:
For people who are ruled by tender-hearted compassion, your more diplomatic response to problems might seem too cool, too focused on fairness and not filled enough with sympathy and selflessness.
For them, when someone’s life is on fire, what is needed is not collaboration but rescue. And the person who experiences their life on fire may resent the time you take to contemplate. “I need you, and I need you NOW! This isn’t about fairness, it’s about the fire.” “All deliberate speed” may seem too deliberate and not fast enough, either to the more compassionate or to people in genuine trouble.
At the other end of the spectrum of compassion, those who believe people should take care of themselves may find even your thoughtful sympathies too soft. They expect people, themselves included, to work their own way out of trouble. They are convinced that the helping hand you lend just fosters dependence and is not good for the development of character, either in you or in the person you assist.
Positive Responses Others May Have Toward You:
Many people, perhaps the majority, will come to appreciate your balance as a compassionate person. The more they get to know you, the more they will admire your thoughtful compassion for others and its compliment in the sensible ways you take good care of yourself. Those whom you help will appreciate the way you leave them with their dignity by expecting them to collaborate in their own rescue. Those who are more tender-hearted will find in you a balance they lack; when they’ve run out of energy because they fail to take good care of themselves, you will still have enough compassion left to lift others out of trouble. Even the tough-hearted, those who believe people should solve their own problems, might come to admire your tenderness which they don’t find in themselves. So the people you help will be grateful, and the people who see your balance between self and others will admire you. Certainly, balanced is not bad at all as a way to be known among your friends.
Well, I wish all that was true. There is a lot of truth to it, but arrogance, a tendency towards playing the martyr and even a pride in playing hero by giving to someone is somewhere in there too.
“I’m not a hero. I’m not a savior. Forget what you know.
I’m just a man whose, circumstances, went beyond his control” – Styx, “Mr. Roboto”
“Heroes died… when they ditched their second wife” – Steve Taylor, “Hero”
In fact, what really happened was she found a place to live with the children and there wasn’t room for me.
Sort of – don’t want to air ALL our dirty laundry.