Monday, September 24, 2007

Top Five strengths


You can sense the emotions of those around you. You can feel what they are feeling as though their feelings are your own. Intuitively, you are able to see the world through their eyes and share their perspective. You do not necessarily agree with each person's perspective. You do not necessarily feel pity for each person's predicament-this would be sympathy, not Empathy. You do not necessarily condone the choices each person makes, but you do understand. This instinctive ability to understand is powerful. You hear the unvoiced questions. You anticipate the need. Where others grapple for words, you seem to find the right words and the right tone. You help people find the right phrases to express their feelings-to themselves as well as to others. You help them give voice to their emotional life. For all these reasons other people are drawn to you.

I think that does relate to me. I'm a very sensitive person so therefore I'm very sensitive to others' feelings. I'm really good with finishing peoples sentences when they are trying to say what they feel but can't find the right words.


(formerly Inclusiveness) "Stretch the circle wider." This is the philosophy around which you orient your life. You want to include people and make them feel part of the group. In direct contrast to those who are drawn only to exclusive groups, you actively avoid those groups that exclude others. You want to expand the group so that as many people as possible can benefit from its support. You hate the sight of someone on the outside looking in. You want to draw them in so that they can feel the warmth of the group. You are an instinctively accepting person. Regardless of race or sex or nationality or personality or faith, you cast few judgments. Judgments can hurt a person's feelings. Why do that if you don't have to? Your accepting nature does not necessarily rest on a belief that each of us is different and that one should respect these differences. Rather, it rests on your conviction that fundamentally we are all the same. We are all equally important. Thus, no one should be ignored. Each of us should be included. It is the least we all deserve.

I know what it's like to be left out and it is one of the worst feelings so I'm very conscientious of those around me and make sure no one feels that way. It's just my nature to go sit with the person that's sitting alone, it's what I'd want someone to do for me, it's just my nature. I don't like when people judge people and don't include them because of that judgment it's wrong. I think includer fits me.


The Strategic theme enables you to sort through the clutter and find the best route. It is not a skill that can be taught. It is a distinct way of thinking, a special perspective on the world at large. This perspective allows you to see patterns where others simply see complexity. Mindful of these patterns, you play out alternative scenarios, always asking, "What if this happened? Okay, well what if this happened?" This recurring question helps you see around the next corner. There you can evaluate accurately the potential obstacles. Guided by where you see each path leading, you start to make selections. You discard the paths that lead nowhere. You discard the paths that lead straight into resistance. You discard the paths that lead into a fog of confusion. You cull and make selections until you arrive at the chosen path-your strategy. Armed with your strategy, you strike forward. This is your Strategic theme at work: "What if?" Select. Strike.

I always think about what I do before I act. I'm a very organized person I know where everything is, it all has a place and I guess I do that with my decision as well. It's a good thing though because it leads me to the right paths and think about what could be better. I'm not sure if my theme is the what if? though. I'm not a big what if person.


You love to learn. The subject matter that interests you most will be determined by your other themes and experiences, but whatever the subject, you will always be drawn to the process of learning. The process, more than the content or the result, is especially exciting for you. You are energized by the steady and deliberate journey from ignorance to competence. The thrill of the first few facts, the early efforts to recite or practice what you have learned, the growing confidence of a skill mastered-this is the process that entices you. Your excitement leads you to engage in adult learning experiences-yoga or piano lessons or graduate classes. It enables you to thrive in dynamic work environments where you are asked to take on short project assignments and are expected to learn a lot about the new subject matter in a short period of time and then move on to the next one. This Learner theme does not necessarily mean that you seek to become the subject matter expert, or that you are striving for the respect that accompanies a professional or academic credential. The outcome of the learning is less significant than the "getting there."

I love to learn! This is definitely me. I'm one of those weird kids who loves school for the work and the studying. I love that you learn something new everyday no matter your age it just happens that way. I have a journal called "something new" and I write down the things I learn everyday. I like to go back and see how much knowledge I've accumulated over the years and how I use that information today or how it has benefited me. I read the Dictionary for fun, what kind of person does that and doesn't like to learn?


Your Achiever theme helps explain your drive. Achiever describes a constant need for achievement. You feel as if every day starts at zero. By the end of the day you must achieve something tangible in order to feel good about yourself. And by "every day" you mean every single day-workdays, weekends, vacations. No matter how much you may feel you deserve a day of rest, if the day passes without some form of achievement, no matter how small, you will feel dissatisfied. You have an internal fire burning inside you. It pushes you to do more, to achieve more. After each accomplishment is reached, the fire dwindles for a moment, but very soon it rekindles itself, forcing you toward the next accomplishment. Your relentless need for achievement might not be logical. It might not even be focused. But it will always be with you. As an Achiever you must learn to live with this whisper of discontent. It does have its benefits. It brings you the energy you need to work long hours without burning out. It is the jolt you can always count on to get you started on new tasks, new challenges. It is the power supply that causes you to set the pace and define the levels of productivity for your work group. It is the theme that keeps you moving.

I do like the feeling of accomplishment and I do like to have done something everyday. I like to feel like I've done something worthwhile with my life and day and live life to the fullest in that sense but I'm not sure if I'm over the top in this area. I am an overachiever when it comes to school and such but maybe this does describe me. I'm not sure how accurate it is.

I think overall these things really described me. They all seem to be right on target which is very cool. I'm interested to see what my friends and family what to say about the accuracy of these strengths.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Who Am I?

My name is Christina Spencer and I'm a freshman here at APU. I'm 17 years old and I'm an only child. I have two step-brothers named Ryan and Chris ages 17 and 15. I'm the oldest of the three of us. I live with my mom and step-dad Ray in Simi Valley, California. I have one dog and her name is Yoda. I love to sing and play the piano. My favorite pass time besides those two things is reading. I read the most books ever in our school at my high school. I even read the Dictionary for fun. My favorite subject is English beside music. I've been singing my whole life, in choir since 1st grade, and private lessons for 3 years. I've been playing piano for 10 years. I'm very close to my family especially my mom. I lost my dad to cancer when I was seven so she has been my hero and my life support my entire life. She's my best friend. My favorite football team is the Dallas Cowboys my whole Spencer side are big football fans, it's a family thing. I love country music the best but I love all kinds of things from hip hop to classical. My dream is to become a famous country singer. I like to take pictures as a hobby and ballroom dancing with my partner Jon. I've been ballroom dancing for almost 3 years and we take from a Romanian trainer as well as do competitions. I love it. That about sums me up.