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For this project I was told to interview a person near my age and discuss her personality and attitude. For this assignment I have decided to interview a close friend named Alzeda. After a series of questions based on the outline given and the questions

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                                      WRITTEN BY: LAKIA MARSHALL

                                                        INSTRUCTOR: TALESHIA CHANDLER

                                                        CLASS: BEH/225

     For this project I was told to interview a person near my age and discuss her personality and attitude. For this assignment I have decided to interview a close friend named Alzeda. Alzeda, and I have known one another for about 10 years and I would like to think that our way of looking at life and views on most situations are quite similar. After a series of questions based on the outline given and the questions that were asked in class I will determine if my thoughts about our similar views are correct.

     The first questioned that was asked of Alzeda was “Do you feel you have an easier time learning something new if you see a person perform the task or if you perform the task yourself?” When asked this question I found that it was easier to learn if I were to look at a person complete the task and that I do not mind reading about the task but I would rather watch someone else complete the task. Alzeda answer was the same she said that she didn’t really like to read so watching a person do the same task that she would have to read would be easier than to read and analyze directions.

The next was asked was would Alzeda rather study at a library or somewhere there was background noises. Alzeda said that she would rather study in a library where there were no background noises. She said that it is very easy for her to grow distracted while it is noisy and she tends not to get any work done. As for myself I find that I have a better time studying, if I have music playing in the background it helps whatever thought I have seem to come a little easier. For myself if it is too quiet, I get bored and become unfocused about what I am trying to say.

     The next subject discussed was the Myers Briggs test. This tests your personality based on word associated with your way of thinking. When I completed the Myers Briggs test, I was given the results of ENTJ which meant that I had the personality of a Field Marshall. This was explained further that "Field Marshall". The basic driving force and need is to lead. Tend to seek a position of responsibility and enjoys being an executive. 1.8% of total population.  I felt that the explanation was truthful but also felt that the results were not that reliable because a person’s mood in my own opinion, could change how one viewed themselves. Alzeda then took the Myers Briggs test and she said that she thought that the test was very accurate. She was given the score of ESFP. The results showed that she had the personality type of an entertainer.” Entertainer" means that Radiates attractive warmth and optimism. Smooth, witty, charming, clever, Fun to be with, Very generous. 8.5% of the total population. She agreed with her results and then commented that she thought that my results were spot on. I must admit I felt the same about her results.

      We then discussed what she thought formed her personality. It was in her opinion that the way she was raised had a lot to do with her personality. She was brought up in a single parent household by her mother who was a pastor so she was very cautious about how she treated people, the people she associated with and never let what a person had to say about another dictate how she treated someone. She also mentioned that her mother is a very giving and forgiving person so that taught her the value of human life and how to let things that were not that important go. I on the other hand also felt that it was my upbringing that helped to form my personality, but my outlook on life was very different. My parents taught me to be kind to people but not to let them take your kindness for weakness and that in my opinion is one of the things Alzeda does. I was also taught to forgive and to be the bigger person but my mother also told me fool me once shame on me fool me twice shame on you. Although we both agree that it is our upbringing and life experience that has formed our personalities out outlook on the world is very different.

        I think the next subject in our interview was the best for me when asked did she think that she was a self-monitoring person her initial response was “HUH?” After explaining what I meant by the question and having a quick laugh she answered this question by saying “I really don’t know”. So with that I went to look up a test that she could take that would determine whether or not she was a self-monitoring person. I found a test on www.outofservice.com and according to the website Alzeda is a low self-monitor. This by their standard meant that she was a user of internal values and beliefs in deciding how to behave. The test also offered information that stated:

  • act the same in most social circles
  • can be relied upon for opinions as they tend to say it like they see it
  • tend to be better in research and project-based work

She was also given a score 27 out of 100 which determined whether or not she was a high or low self-monitor. And in her case she was a low monitor. I took the same test and received 67 out of 100. The test said that I was a moderately high self-monitor. It also added that a high self-monitorshows variability in behavior in different contexts, and are extremely flexible in adapting to their current situation, it also stated that high self-monitors:

  • tend to have different public and private personas and are careful about mixing different social circles
  • tend to make better managers and do better in jobs that involve influencing other people (sales, marketing, hiring, politicians)

We both felt that this was accurate and was pretty close to our personalities.

     The next topic explored was the thought that a person’s gender, race, and ethnicity were responsible for the forming of a person’s personality and attitude. For Alzeda she thought that this had a lot to do with a person’s personality and attitude. I on the other hand felt that it was life experience that formed a person’s personality. I feel that your personality is influenced by gender, race and ethnicity but more of the forming of an attitude is based on experience. Alzeda said she agreed but thought that social economic standards formed the way a person looked at things and the way they act.

      Finally we reached the last topic which was, do you feel that you are better at doing tasks when you are intrinsically motivated or extrinsically motivated. After explaining what each meant, Alzeda said that she felt that she performed tasks better when she was intrinsically motivated. She said that she enjoyed doing things that she could relate to or that mattered to her. As for myself I would have to say the same. I feel that I tend to do better work when it is something that I like to do. I took the question a step further and asked did the presence of pay change her mind about the answer. In other words would she rather be paid to do something that was not necessarily something she liked or was compelled to do or would she not get paid and do just the opposite. It was funny because I think in economic terms if it is going to make me money I’ll sacrifice the fact of whether or not I like the task. For Alzeda she thought that if it was not something that you wanted to do whether you were getting paid or not it was not worth your happiness.

     I learned a lot about my friend during this interview. It is funny to think that even though we have different outlooks on situations we get along so well. I have also learned a lot about myself in the process for instance that I am a moderately high self –monitor. I was very shocked to learn that for as opinionated as Alzeda is she is a low self-monitor. I guess it is the differences in our friendship and our personalities and attitudes that make this friendship so great.

references

Atof Inc. (1996-2011). Self-monitoring do you censor what you say. Retrieved from http://o http://www.outofservice.com/self-monitor-censor-test/

Similar minds. (n.d.). . Retrieved from http://similarminds.com/jung_word.html

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