The Pearson PIA Activity

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The Pearson PIA activity is designed to show the somewhat hidden parts of a personality through a series of questions. With mini tests like ‘Are you a Type A personality’, ‘Creative Learning Style’ or ‘Work Motivation Indicator’, some of the most important aspects of a personality can be categorized. I enjoyed seeing my results; especially in comparison with others. Based on the assessments as a whole, I believe they show a lot of room for improvement. The tests that most interested me were the type-A personality, self-awareness, and emotional intelligence assessments. They validated several aspects of my personality that friends and family have shared with me as weak points. I plan to take this information and work on myself in order to mature…show more content…
Once again, I do not like to ask this question as it sets me up for potential negative feedback which creates anger and defensiveness. At this point in my life, my self-confidence has not quite developed to a state where I can handle the input.
So, while this study did show some areas of strength in self-awareness, it also showed that I have several areas of potential growth. . Like Julian Baggini states so eloquently in his TED talk “To the extent you have a true self, it's something that you in part discover, but in part create” (Baggini), I am still growing and creating my sense of self. As this happens, I believe I will be able to ask for, and accept, negative feedback about my personality.
Another assessment that surprised me was ‘Characteristics of a Type-A personality’. According to the Business Dictionary, this type of personality is defined as “A temperament characterized by excessive ambition, aggression, competitiveness, drive, impatience, need for control, focus on quantity over quality and unrealistic sense of urgency” (What Is a Type A Personality). To me, this was the most straightforward assessment since most people understand that the negative aspects of this type of personality being bossy, pushy, competitive and overbearing. Yet Type A leaders are also very productive, successful and motivated
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Emotional intelligence “refers to a person's ability to perceive, control, evaluate, and express emotions” (Cherry) and this assessment measures that ability. In 1996, Daniel Goleman wrote a landmark book titled “Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ” and theorized that more than any other trait, high emotional intelligence was the single trait responsible for workplace success. He wrote “emotional intelligence emerges as a much stronger predictor of who will be most successful, because it is how we handle ourselves in our relationships that determines how well we do once we are in a given job” (Goleman, 1996). In other words, your education and employment history might get you a job, but your emotional intelligence will determine how successful you will be in that
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