I recently completed a “strengths finder” analysis through my work, intended to highlight areas in which you excel or are naturally inclined to. The result of the analysis is a list of your top five strengths that are "very important in maximizing the talents that lead to your successes."
Without much further comment, I’ll just leave this here:
You like to think. You like mental activity. […] This need for mental activity may be focused; for example, you may be trying to solve a problem or develop an idea or understand another person’s feelings. […] On the other hand, this mental activity may very well lack focus.
You are the kind of person who enjoys your time alone because it is your time for musing and reflection. You are introspective. In a sense you are your own best companion.
Introspective? I like spending time on my own? You don’t say.
Your Analytical theme challenges other people: “Prove it. Show me why what you are claiming is true.” In the face of this kind of questioning some will find that their brilliant theories wither and die. For you, this is precisely the point. You do not necessarily want to destroy other people’s ideas, but you do insist that their theories be sound.
This is one I have to defend quite often. My stance on a lot of work that comes my way is this: I’ll do whatever needs to be done, so long as you can convince me that it does need to be done.
Prove your idea to me. Use facts, not opinions. I’m not going to waste my time working on some random idea you came up with in the shower if it’s not going to add value to someone’s life.
You are inquisitive. You collect things. You might collect information […] or you might collect tangible objects. […] With all [sorts of] possible uses in mind, you really don’t feel comfortable throwing anything away. So you keep acquiring and compiling and filing stuff away. It’s interesting. It keeps your mind fresh. And perhaps one day some of it will prove valuable.
It doesn’t feel like this one describes me particularly well, but maybe I just don’t see myself this way. Throwing stuff away has never been a problem for me – quite the opposite, usually.
You look for areas of agreement. In your view there is little to be gained from conflict and friction, so you seek to hold them to a minimum. When you know that the people around you hold differing views, you try to find the common ground. You try to steer them away from confrontation and toward harmony.
When others start to argue about their pet theory or concept, you steer clear of the debate, preferring to talk about practical, down-to-earth matters on which you can all agree. In your view we are all in the same boat, and we need this boat to get where we are going.
Hate arguing. Hate it. People start arguing, I tune out. There’s a difference between debating different viewpoints and arguing that yours is right, and not many people know how to stay on the debate side.
You are careful. You are vigilant. You are a private person.
If some people don’t like you because you are not as effusive as others, then so be it. For you, life is not a popularity contest. Life is something of a minefield. Others can run through it recklessly if they so choose, but you take a different approach.
I tread carefully. Perhaps too carefully sometimes, but so far I’ve managed to avoid a lot of metaphorical land mines that would have left others limbless. Metaphorically.