Do you like personality test? The good gent who counseled me through the early days of sobriety detests them. "Scientifically speaking," he says, marshaling his best clinical tone, "they're a load of crap." (Crass? Maybe. Just one more reason I love him.) In any event, I rather enjoy a good personality test (avert your eyes, Dr. Ryan), in no small part because I find test-taking enjoyable. (I'm a nerd by nature.) In fact, I never missed an opportunity to take practice tests in school, and on occasion was known to create exams for my friends as a study exercise. I digress...
To the point, this week I decided to take a personality test because (a) I stumbled across a twittersation between Tsh Oxenreider and Leigh Kramer about the Enneagram personality test, (b) I was bored at the time, and (c) I adore tests and had not taken one in some time. I promptly downloaded an iPhone app, and was sucked into the questions of the Enneagram.
I was not surprised by the results. As it turns out, I'm a 5, which means that I'm an "investigator." Investigators, so it is said, tend to retreat into their own thoughts, sometimes hold the good folks around them at arms-length, and can be a touch aloof. DING, DING, DING, DING! Investigators sometimes find their own imaginations more interesting that the real world, which allows them to view things from different, sometimes awkward angles. DING, DING, DING, DING! Investigators hope that others see them as intellectual. DING, DING, DING, DING! Well-known investigators might include Stephen Hawking, Vincent van Gogh, Bill Gates, Kurt Cobain, and Dr. Gregory "House." (I'm not saying... I'm just saying...)
Were the test results terribly surprising? No. It was a heck-of-a-lot of fun, though, and perhaps it explains why I've been reexamining the the world these days, and have been writing on issues like the Christian marketplace, and addiction. Yup, things have been heavy around here; haven't they?
Let's lighten it up.
Leigh Kramer has been a fan of the Enneagram test for some time. She is one of those rare personalities who is passionate about... well... personalities. If you're a fan of a good test, or if you're addicted to all things personality-related, follow this link to her place to learn more about the Enneagram.
Don't miss these hilarious Enneagram cartoons. I don't believe in paint by the numbers, but these cartoons will peg you by the number. I promise.
"Lean into the pain." I reckon 5s are good at this sort of thing, but this isn't about personality. I've been writing in a quieter space about walking into the pain, about the ways in which I'm finding resolution. Want to know what I mean? Check out this video at Sarah Bessey's place, where she chats with Travis Reed of The Work of the People.
In the June edition of Christianity Today, D.L. Mayfield writes this beautiful piece on the case for Christian temperance. As one in the recovery process, I appreciate her fresh take on alcohol and liberty. She seats the conversation in love, justice, and homogeneity. She writes:
If you wear an 'I heart bacon' T-shirt, I will have to assume you don't have many Muslim or Jewish friends. Likewise, if you are posting about how 'Mommy needs her wine,' I will assume you don't know anyone struggling with alcoholism.
You'll have to subscribe to Christianity Today to read this article, but it's worth the price of admission.
I've been digging into Marva J. Dawn's book, Powers, Weakness, and the Tabernacling of God. She's dropping dimes, like:
"If we are to be faithful to our position in weakness, we will know that we offer truth best not by pontificating pronouncements or political maneuverings, but by simply speaking and living truly."
For those of you considering modern American structures and their effect on the Christianity, you'll want to snag a copy of this book.
I'm finding my ways back to the old wells. Depth over distance every time.
These are my favorite links of the week. What are yours?