“To Know Thyself is the Beginning of Wisdom” ~ Socrates
I am a big fan of knowing myself. I think if I get to know who I am more and more each day then not only does it make life easier by knowing how I may react or cope to things, but it can also help me discover things I may need to work on to be a better friend, relative or co-worker.
I first took this test in 2007. I had a boss who was an amazing individual. She was very thoughtful, kind and goal-oriented and I thought she was also a well rounded individual. She asked us if we wanted to take this test and I thought why not?
I was a Dove/Peacock mix with hardly any eagle and not much owl.
Here are the breakdowns of each bird:
The dove has a high emotional intelligence, while being very passive with communication. Positive traits of the Dove in the four bird personalities:
Patient, Giving, Trustworthy, Introverted, Avoids risk-taking, Respectful, Honest, Reliable, Easygoing
Negative traits of the Dove in the four bird personalities:
Dependent, Predictable, Follower, Gullible, Dependent on others
The owl has a high logical intelligence, while being very passive with communication. Positive traits of the Owl in the four bird personalities:
Introverted, Calm, Meticulous, Just, Mindful, Determined, Conservative, Detail-oriented, Careful, Curious
Negative traits of the Owl in the four bird personalities:
Distrusting, Self-centered, Indecisive, Vindictive, Short-sighted
The peacock has high emotional intelligence, while being very active with communication. Positive traits of the Peacock in the four bird personalities:
Talkative, Open- minded, Energetic, Emotional, Charismatic, Social, Enthusiastic, Adventurous, Competitive
Negative traits of the Peacock in the four bird personalities:
Scattered, Emotional, Selfish, Controlling, Dominating, Power-hungry,
The Eagle has high logical intelligence, while being very active with communication. Positive traits of the Eagle in the four bird personalities:
Charismatic, Honest, Takes initiative, Independent, Driven, Aggressive, Motivated, Compelling, Fearless
Negative traits of the Eagle in the four bird personalities:
Blunt, Unsympathetic, Egotistical, Controversial, Impatient, Pushy, Stubborn
The eagle is the most common personality type of the four birds, with just over 29% of the general population being an eagle type.
I took the test this morning to see how much I had changed (and grown) in the past ten years. The test results are much different then ten years ago.
Dove – 1, Owl – 3, Peacock – 7 and Eagle – 13
I like to know that I am capable of change, because change does mean growth. I am much more independent and driven then I have ever been with some sort of weird motivating and fearless growth spurt coming around age 38.
Perhaps it was because I was nearing the age that my mother was when she died. Perhaps change and age go hand in hand.
Either way knowing myself is key to success in my eyes.
I have done similar tests on my horses personality with the series Parelli Horsenality
I found this so useful in training my horses and helping others assess their horses.
Knowing that Freddy and Moo are entirely different in their emotional needs and psychological set ups helps me be able to make their lives as stress free and enjoyable as I can.
Both my boys are left-brained, with Freddy being an Introvert and Moo an Extrovert. Fred can be so indifferent and disinterested it’s like he isn’t even there.
It can drive you mad!
Where as Moo is super smart and playful and so willing. He is always there, 100%, he is your wingman when you are riding him.
So, get to know yourself and your horse’s personality and see how you can better relate to each other. It’s all about the relationship.
Happy Riding & Keep Smiling