Personality quizzes: either you like 'em or you hate 'em. I happen to like them, as long as I like the result ;) . My all-time favorite personality quiz is the Enneagram. It's not one of those casual quizzes that tells you what character in Harry Potter you are most like or what your taste in ice cream says about you. Instead, it's one of those deep, life-lesson quizzes that you are supposed to take when you're job hunting, soul searching, or just taking a psychology class.
If I had only ever taken the Myers Briggs test, I'd be a test hater. When I got my Myers Briggs result I was at first surprised, and then a bit offended, and then even more annoyed when I had picked apart the result enough to see some truth in it. The exact result is foggy in my memory now, but the words "rarely seen outside of the lab" ring a bell.
Rarely seen outside of the lab?! What does that mean?! I'm not a scientist, I never even spend time in a lab. I'm outside of a lab right now!
The more I mulled it over, and started to see some truth in the matter, the more my offense diffused into annoyance, and then embarrassment. I might not be in labs all that often, but I do like to do my own thing (see this post about Friday nights or better yet, this meme). Still, the whole experience spoiled my taste for Myers Briggs. Now every time someone brings it up I groan.
The Enneagram requires a bit more of an investment: the quiz is longer and the result takes a minute more to read. But if you've never taken it, you should probably zip over there right now and see what happens! The Enneagram doesn't really explain what you do, just how your brain works, and why you do what you do. You're supposed to take the quiz as if you're 18 years old again, so that your thoughts are a bit more "rough around the edges".
What I love about the Enneagram is that even now, eight or nine years after I first took the test, I sometimes have an "Aha!" moment, when I realize that either what I am doing or what someone else is doing can be explained by the Enneagram, and it all falls into place and makes more sense.
And now finally... after that ramble, this recipe for Moroccan Spiced Carrot Salad! The Enneagram says I tend to play it safe (safe like a carrot), and it says I like to have a support system brining me up (the way the flavor of these carrots springs to life with the addition of Moroccan spices). See? It all comes back to the dinner table.
Serves: 2-4 | Total Time:
- 2 to 3 cups shredded carrots
- 1/4 cup minced parsley
- 1/4 cup raisins
- Juice from 1 lemon
- 1 garlic clove
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 dashes cayenne
- Mince the garlic, and mix it, in the bottom of your salad bowl, with the lemon juice, olive oil, cumin, coriander, paprika, salt, cinnamon, and cayenne.
- Add shredded carrots, parsley, and raisins to the bowl. Toss to combine.