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The personality compass leads you to success

The Young Reporter (2000, October), 33(02), pp. 10.
Author: Areta Fu. Editor: Joyce Lee.
Permanent URL - https://sys01.lib.hkbu.edu.hk/bujspa/purl.php?&did=bujspa0014786

Areta Fu

REEVE and Jerry are assigned to a project individually within a given time. Even though they score the same on an IQ test, only Reeve can complete the project and be promoted to a senior position. How come people with the same IQ perform differently? Personality can tell you why: Reeve is discreet, calm and positive while Jerry is impulsive, nervous and negative.

Personality is a matter of “Nature versus Nurture”, according to Dr. Jane Tam, Assistant Professor of Department of Applied Social Studies at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Our personality, to a great extent, is determined by genetic factors, and its is a long-term development.

“Realising your personality leads you to a successful life!”, said Dr. Yip Kwok-chung, Assistant Professor of Department of Education Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University. He said we could develop multi-intelligence through apprehending our personality.

“The Personality Compass” is one of the interest-arousing self-help books on personality. “Written in an easy-to-understand format and with many interesting illustrations, it is good for arousing new comers’ interest in the matter of personality,” said Dr. Bernard Anderson, Associate Professor of Department of Communication Studies at HKBU.

This book provides a new way to find out who you are and help you enjoy successful relationships with all kinds of people. “It’s like a glass of cold water to a very first diver for it reduces the complexity in reality.” commented Dr Bernard Anderson.

What is “Personality Compass” ? The Personality Compass categorises people into four dominant types— North, East, South and West. People belonging to the North are assertive, fast-paced, determined; to East are logical, analytical perfectionist; to South are friendly, cooperative, patient; to West are creative, innovative, adaptable.

After finding out our dominant type, we can further understand ourselves through the subdominant natures in personality, namely NE/NW and SE/SW. With the natural connection between adjacent compass directions (N, E, S, W), it is easy to understand the natural connection between dominant and subdominant types that are adjacent on the Personality Compass.

What is next after realiing [i.e. revealing] our personality type? It is to apply what you learn to real life situation. If you are a North-East who is assertive, decisive and structured, you should find a North-East job like Military Officer, Conductor and Negotiator. If you are a South-East, who is friendly, caring and organised, you better not married a North-West, who is a total opposite to you.

The Personality Compass is a helpful tool, but it is only “a stepping stone to find out who you really are. To a certain extent, it cannot fully explain the complex world. So do not rely on it too much!” said Dr Anderson.

Edited by Joyce Lee

  • Dr Yip Kwok-chung, Assistant Professor of Department of Education Studies at HKBU.
  • THE PERSONALITY COMPASS Source: The Personality Compass
  • Dr. Bernard Anderson, Associate Professor of Department of Communication Studies at HKBU
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