CAC Post-Retreat Blog: Marina Melanidis

A Few Thoughts About Personality Tests
(based on excerpts from my journaling during the Climate Action Cohort Retreat)

Strengths Profile: Top 5

1. Judgement
2. Perseverance
3. Honesty
4. Perspective
5. Curiosity

Do you ever get bored by your own personality test results? Like, I see this and I am not in the least bit surprised.

I am trying to reflect on the results of this test but I don’t know what to say. None of it is surprising. I always get a little bit disappointed about personality tests. I feel like I tend to get boring results. “Judgement”, “Perseverance”, “Perspective”. These are positive things, sure. But no one can claim that “judgement” is as interesting or fun as “bravery”, “zest”, or “humour” (three of the other 24 strengths this test lists; numbered as 10, 17, and 21 for me, respectively).

I don’t know. To reference yet another personality test, I am ​such​ a Ravenclaw.

One thing I do like about having (allegedly) great judgement, is how it suggests I am able to change my mind with new evidence. I do actually think I am good at this. We spent a lot of the retreat talking about the climate crisis – makes sense, as the Climate Action Cohort program challenges its participants to implement a project that addresses the climate crisis within their communities. Something that both frustrates and terrifies me are individuals so locked into their own worldview that they ignore new and conflicting information, or even begin to distrust experts who’s science-backed research does not align with their beliefs. Climate deniers fall into this category. If facts and data cannot change someone’s mind, cannot convince them that we are in a state of climate breakdown, what can we do? How can we ever hope to move forward?

Nothing scares me more than the ineffectiveness of science and fact.

There are other ways of changing hearts and minds, though, that extends beyond referencing studies and listing data. Storytelling, for example, or appealing to people’s values and experiences. While I may be driven by science, there are many climate leaders that connect to and communicate climate action in other ways: through art, community, stories and narratives.

When the cohort went through our results during the retreat, each sharing our top five personality strengths, no one had the same list. We all have a different suite of strengths to contribute. Climate action needs this: it needs a diversity of leaders coming together, collaborating to address the crisis in a range of ways. To quote Greta Thunberg, “to change everything, we need everyone”.

I will continue to contribute my judgement, while making space for the brave, zesty, and humourous to contribute as well. Together, we’ll move forward.

With love and solidarity,
Marina

If you are interested in trying out this personality test for yourself, you can do so here: h​ttps://www.viacharacter.org/survey/account/register

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