In some ways, you might think that it’s easy to know who you are and what you’re all about. After all, yours is the only perspective, you will ever have. However, the human tendency towards self doubt and denial can often blind you from the greatest truths about your own identity.
Maybe you’re the kind of person who tends to think about the desires about those around you, before even your own. Or, perhaps, you are so focused on what you feel that you “should” be doing, that you find yourself at a loss to understand what it is you truly want to be doing.
Another reason that you may want to take some time to be more introspective, is that, like everything in this world, you are changing at every moment. Every new thought that you have, every action that you take, all of these things have led to this particular moment where you exist.
You probably had very different interests when you were a middle-schooler vs. today. You may have been all about pizza and burgers as a child, but now you find that you are a health food aficionado. You may have also changed your mind about political issues over the years.
The fact that you are a being that is constantly changing, means that it’s important to take time to pause and evaluate where you’re at today. However, learning more about yourself does not have to be a boring chore.
Here are four ways to learn more about yourself.
Try an “Escape the Room” Challenge
Have you heard of Escape the Room? They’re a huge trend that’s popping up all around the world. The premise is this, in order to win the game and “escape the room,” you have to work collaboratively with others to solve puzzles.
Escape the Room games will help you learn more about yourself, by allowing you to see how you do under pressure. You can learn what your teamwork style is and learn more about the way you respond when faced with challenges.
Here is a website that has an extensive Escape Room Directory. The list is organized alphabetically by country. The United States listing breaks it down further by state and then by city.
Take a Personality Test
The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is one of the most popular personality tests. What’s great about this test is that there are plenty of online companies that will provide this test for free. They’re typically a Freemium model, where, if you find yourself interested in learning more about your personality, you can pay to get a more detailed report.
I found out that I’m an ENFP, the personality type that Myers-Briggs calls “The Campaigner.”
I’ve taken the test several times, but most recently at Truity. To take the test for free, select “The TypeFinder® Research Edition.” Choosing this free version gives them permission to use your answers for their research.
Another site that I’ve used and enjoyed is 16Personalities.
To learn more about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), you can visit the Myers & Briggs Foundation website.
Try out MIT’s “Moral Machine”
MIT’s Moral Machine simulation asks you to decide what a self-driving car should do in a number of situations: where the car must choose to whether to save the drivers and passengers or the pedestrians in a fatal accident.
This simulation will help you learn more about your moral assumptions. It’s an updated take on the philosophical “Trolley Problem,” which originally proposed by Philippa Foot in 1967. It was also written about extensively by Judith J. Thompson in the Yale Law Journal in 1985. In fact, the “Trolley Problem” was the moral issue that led me to major in Philosophy at Boston University.
At the end of the simulation, you will get to see a summarization of what factors you tend to value most. Are you someone who values people following the law? Or are you someone who wants to protect even the law-breakers? Did you tend to save the senior citizens or children? I don’t want to give too much away, but it really is an interesting and thought-provoking simulation.
Try A New Fitness Activity
Maybe you’re not the typical gym goer, but have you thought about trying rock-climbing at an indoor gym? Or you could try kayaking or Dragon-Boat racing.
Or maybe tapping into your inner-child is that way to go. You could join a Kickball league, or get friends together to play some good old-fashioned Wiffle ball.
If studio classes are more your style, a lot of studios will offer discounted or free classes for new customers. Some interesting studio classes are popping up, like Acro-Yoga and Burlesque dancing. You can also try out discounted fitness classes by purchasing class-packs on Groupon, LivingSocial, or GiltCity.
I’d love to hear from you. Please let me know if you’ve tried out any of these suggestions. And if you take the MBTI test, please feel free to share your results. As I said before, I’m an ENFP.