Personality Profile, Horoscope, or Both

A few days ago, we had a con­sult­ing orga­ni­za­tion called Insights show up on our door to eval­u­ate mem­bers of the studio’s senior staff. I didn’t real­ize this was hap­pen­ing, or even what it was, until I was deliv­ered a link to a web­site and asked to fill out a per­son­al­ity ques­tion­naire. Before the end of day. For­tu­nately, it turns out only a cou­ple dozen ques­tions are that are required to boil down a man into his essence.

Based on “Jun­gian arche­types,” and about that there too much really already has been said , the result is a lead­er­ship style sim­pli­fied down to a colour. Or pair of colours. In any event, everyone loves play­ing with fin­ger­paints, right? Appar­ently it’s all the fad for our exec­u­tives at Microsoft to intro­duce them­selves with their colour. Mood rings for the 21st century. Or per­son­al­i­ties boiled down to what colour of Magic deck rep­re­sents our D&D character’s align­ment. On some level, it did indeed seem insight­ful — you know, just like a well-delivered horo­scope. After a pause for thought, it should occur to you that no human being can be reduced to an RGB value.

Hon­estly it felt like one of those tests that high school coun­sel­lors made us take to deter­mine what career we should pur­sue. The test was obvi­ously easy to manip­u­late, if you wanted to achieve a cer­tain result. Of course that threat­ens to com­pound point­less­ness with point­less­ness. Oh, the obvi­ous question? I’m red.

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