1. How are Personality Traits Related to Fears?
a. Personality Traits Are Unique to Each Person.
How an individual’s personality traits are related to fears is as unique as fingerprints. People pay psychiatrists thousands of dollars for the answer. And psychiatrists all ask this same cliché question – “How did that make you feel?”
Although the question might feel trite and unoriginal, your answer is always unique and personal to you. You may have witnessed a murder that traumatized you. Everyone can spot the trauma. But why did it affect you in the way it did?
- Was it the speed at which your world changed?
- Was it the color of the blood?
- Was it the sounds that permeated your mind or the muffled silence that followed?
It could have been any of those elements. Or it could have been a million other factors that triggered or contributed to the trauma.
That is an answer that each person must discover. Someone giving you their interpretation is not nearly as enriching as discovering the answers on your own. It’s the old adage: “Give a man a fish, it will feed him for one day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Whoever came up with that maxim certainly nailed it.
As with all journeys, the road to self-discovery is littered with twists and turns. One of the biggest roadblocks to overcome is understanding why people, including yourself, react differently to certain situations and stresses. Knowing or guessing a person’s personality can be tricky, especially at first. But even following a path to a dead end should not be seen as a failure. By excluding something, you are narrowing the scope of possible answers. One way of proving something is by eliminating that which it is not.
b. Personality Traits Influence Everything We Do.
All personality types have the ultimate goal of achieving health, happiness, and success. They accomplish these objectives by using different techniques and approaches. It would be exceedingly boring, as well as regressive, if everyone did the same thing or reacted in the same manner. Approaching things from different perspectives and diversities makes humans unique.
Remember the story of the Pied Piper. That was where a boy with a magic flute enticed rats to follow him, and into the sea. A consequence of having the same traits.
The specific personality trait relationship with fears are discussed in greater detail for each personality type. For example, why are some personality types focused on people and others on motivation? Why do some enjoy a particular type of movie and while others prefer a different genre?
The quiz at the end allows you to step into the shoes of each personality type to see how you would handle various situations from differing points of view.
The purpose is not to see how smart you are. It is to enlighten you on why you approach things in diverse ways and why others may respond differently to the same scenario. This is why knowing the various personality types is helpful in coping with fear (extrinsic related factors) and nurturing joy (intrinsic related factors)