This came up in a conversation that started in our blogs. I'm curious what people think about personality indicators. I'm curious if anyone else views auras and astrology in the same vein as personality indicators. I view them in the same light as other personality indicators, such as the love languages, astrological sign, or the meyer-briggs personality indicator. I think it's fun that people have noticed trends about people and have assigned some sort of designation. I personally don't feel that I understand enough about people to make such statements. But I do enjoy hearing what people have to say about the matter. Which personality indicator best describes you? ---My response----- Auras: I have a friend who bases his every interaction with people on the aura that he sees / feels as he first meets them. He knows that the person is going to be a certain way, and so approaches them with that in mind. I find this process fascinating. I listen to what he has to say and wonder how he feels so confident that he can understand their personality so completely from a first impression. Astrological Signs: These are really confusing for me. As a kid I always read the horiscopes that were printed in the newspaper. That's because they were on the same page as the comics. I saw them as equally entertaining. I didn't even put together the concept that the signs corresponded with dates until the newspaper printed the date ranges for me to reference. Then I looked it up in our encyclopedia and realized it was actually a "thing" and that it wasn't just someone writing comedy. I felt a little bad that I had misunderstood. So I stopped reading them. I thought it must be better to not read them at all than to make light of them. Surely they were of spiritual/religious significance to someone. Years later I learned that a friend was really, really interested in astrology. He explained to me that it helps him to feel at peace when something goes horribly wrong. Like when he lost his job, he admitted to himself that he was just going through some astrological phase and it would be over by this-and-that-date, and if not then by this-and-that-year. It was fascinating that someone would live their lives based on how someone interpreted the stars. Other test-based personality indicators: I have a hard time wrapping my mind around qualitative data sets, and that's the basis of many personality indicators. Conceptually I understand that it's possible to see trends in qualitative data and to make generalizations and then predictions based on that data. But it all seems a little confusing for me. Surely there are people who don't fit into every mold. It seems that I can never find one that I feel is a good fit. I take these tests hoping to find something that relates to me - that would explain to people how I operate. But I just haven't had much luck. I'm ok with that. I like a little mystery.