What Your Take on “Dirty Dancing” Says About Your Personality
We all fall into two camps
Pop Quiz: How would you describe Dirty Dancing?
A) It’s a movie about a teenage girl who goes to the Catskills and carries a watermelon and falls in love with her sexy dance instructor.
B) It’s a movie about love, expectation and disillusionment, set in the socially tumultuous 1960s.
According to the Myers-Briggs personality test, how you answer could point to whether you’re a sensor or an intuitive. Here’s a rundown of what these psych terms mean:
You’re probably a sensor if
- You remember events exactly as they happened, often in precise detail.
- You solve problems by working through the facts first, and thinking about the big picture later.
- You’ve been accused of being too literal.
- You often find yourself saying, “Can we get back to reality for a minute?”
- You answered A.
You’re probably an intuitive if
- You remember events by remembering what they meant to you.
- You solve problems by jumping ahead to all the various possibilities.
- You’ve been accused of being too unrealistic.
- You often find yourself saying, “Just imagine what we could do here!”
- You answered B.
Why it matters
Knowing how you take in information can help you figure out how to tackle problems. (Hello, checklists vs. big-idea brainstorms.) But understanding your type can also help you move beyond your own limitations--and stave off arguments with colleagues and lovers. Sensors should step back from time to time and try to think imaginatively and theoretically. Intuitives should keep their pie-in-the-sky dreams in check and try to see both the forest and the trees.