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SELF-EXPLORATION

WHO AM I?

Workshop Overview

Who Am I is a Personal Awareness Inventory. It was originally developed by


the Toronto District School Board. Permission was taken from the originators
allowing us to adapt, simplify and translate the original inventory to suit the
needs of students in the UAE.
The exercise aims to help you to determine your personal/work style: doer,
thinker, creator, persuader, helper or organizer. You are encouraged to assess
if your style is compatible with programs and to explore future career
choices suitable to your personal style.
The workshop also allows you to identify with other personality styles and to
understand why some people act and work in different ways.

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Who Am I?
Part 1 - Inventory
3 = always true for me
Directions:
Read each of the statements below. After each statement there is a highlighted box.
If the statement is very true for you, write the number 3 in the box; if the statement
is usually true for you, write the number 2 in the box; if the statement is sometimes
true for you, write the number 1 in the box; if the statement is not true for you,
write a 0 in the box.

I like to work with my hands (making things, repairing things around the house,
keyboarding, sewing)

I am a neat, well-organized person.

I like helping people with their problems.

I like activities about science.

I like to persuade people to agree with me or to follow my advice.

I like to show how I feel and what I think in an artistic way (art, music, theatre,
drama, song, films, dance).

It is hard for me to explain to other people what I mean and how I feel.

I like paper work.

I am interested in understanding people and finding out why they act the way
they do.

10

I like to find answers to difficult questions.

11

I enjoy selling things or ideas.

12

I enjoy doing artistic work (e.g. painting, crafts) in a quiet place.

13

I am a practical person (I like to do things that are useful to me).

14

I like clear instructions so that I know exactly what to do.

15

I am comfortable telling people how I feel and what I think.

16

I like finding out new information about many different topics.

17

I enjoy competing with others.

18

I enjoy decorating my room.

19

I like to finish one task before I start another one.

20

I like, or would like, to enter information into a computer.

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2 = usually true for me


1 = sometimes true for me
0 = never true for me

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3 = always true for me


2 = usually true for me
1 = sometimes true for me
0 = never true for me

I like to teach others.


I am curious about the world around me.
I like, or would like, to make speeches or presentations in front of an audience.
I prefer to be with people who enjoy the arts (theatre, film, dance, music, drawing & painting).
I like doing things more than talking about them.
I enjoy collecting things such as stamps, coins or sports cards.
I like, or would like, to do volunteer work.
I want to spend my whole life learning new things.
I am energetic and enthusiastic.
I like, or would like, to collect artwork.
I like to make things that are useful.
I am good with details that require me to be precise.
I am a good listener.
I like to find creative solutions to problems.
I like to think up new business ideas.
I enjoy looking for new ways to be creative.
In my free time I like to be active (skiing, playing tennis, cycling).
I like, or would like, to work in a comfortable office setting.
I am good at helping people improve their relationships with others.
I can spend long periods of time just thinking about life.
I am good at motivating people (getting them to do something).
Photography is an interest of mine.
When I work on a project, I do best if I can immediately see the results of my work.
Job security is important to me.
I feel that I can make a difference in the world by helping others.

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3 = always true for me


2 = usually true for me
1 = sometimes true for me
0 = never true for me

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46

I like mental activities (using my mind) better than physical action (using my body).

47

I like to take charge when I am in a group.

48

Music, colour, and beauty affect how I feel.

49

I enjoy, or would enjoy, taking care of animals and plants.

50

I like to make charts and graphs.

51

I believe that people are basically good.

52

I enjoy TV programs about nature and science.

53

I would take a risk and invest in something that might make me a lot of money.

54

I enjoy the creative work of other people.

55

I like using what I have already learned rather than looking for new ways of doing things.

56

I like to know exactly what people expect of me.

57

I enjoy explaining things to other people.

58

I like the challenge of solving difficult math problems.

59

I like people to notice me.

60

I enjoy, or would enjoy, acting in a play or movie.

61

I like to work with tools or machines.

62

I like to keep accurate records and notes.

63

I will go out of my way to pay attention to someone who is lonely.

64

If I had a lot of money I would buy a telescope.

65

Having money and power is important to me.

66

People who know me see me as an original person (imaginative, creative).

67

I enjoy, or would enjoy, activities which may be dangerous (motorcycling, skydiving).

68

It is important to me to keep careful records of the money I spend.

69

When I feel unhappy, I find a friend to talk to.

70

I enjoy an intellectual discussion with a few close friends.

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3 = always true for me


2 = usually true for me
1 = sometimes true for me
0 = never true for me

I would like to rise to the top of any organization I am in.


I would like to play a musical instrument.
I enjoy the outdoors.
I like to plan a schedule so that I can finish my work on time.
My friends see me as understanding and caring.
I like, or would like, to find answers by doing science experiments.
I like, or would like, to supervise the work of others.
I prefer an unstructured environment (without many rules).
I enjoy participating in athletic activities.
I usually prefer that someone else takes charge (be the boss).
I have an active social life. I like to belong to clubs, go to parties, make new friends.
I like to understand how things work.
After I suggest a plan, I prefer to let others look after the details.
I love to dress in different ways, to try new colours and styles.
I am not interested in the arts (art, music theatre, song, drama, writing).
People think that I am sensible and careful.
I can accept other people even if their ideas and values are different from mine.
I like to research topics thoroughly in order to solve problems.
I find it exciting to take the lead in important decisions.
I like my surroundings to be attractive. Colour and design are important to me.
I am good at reading maps or charts.
I would enjoy being the treasurer of a club (keeping the financial records).
I prefer to solve problems by talking with people.
I am not a very sociable person when I am busy working on a project or learning a new skill.
I would like to own my own business.

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3 = always true for me


2 = usually true for me
1 = sometimes true for me
0 = never true for me

I enjoy, or would enjoy, going to art galleries, theatres, concerts, museums, libraries.
I have good physical skills (strength, coordination and endurance).
People who know me say that I am dependable and trustworthy.
It is important for me to have close relationships with others.
It is important to me to be an expert in everything I do.
I enjoy taking an active role in helping people work out their conflicts with each other.
I am good at creative writing (poetry, stories or plays).
I like to work with materials such as wood, metal and cloth.
I like to organize information and things so that it is easy to find.
My friends and I have long conversations about people and their relationships.
I like to be free to do challenging work without a lot of rules or supervision.
I like, or would like, to take part in a political campaign.
I like to read articles about art and music.
Winning at sports is important to me.
I check my work carefully.
I feel comfortable spending time with people who are elderly or disabled.
I need a private place to think and read.
I like to be well-informed about the news, finance, politics and the economy.
I like to do things differently, I dont want to be like everyone else.
I am good at handling things in an emergency.
When I assemble something, I read the instructions and follow them step-by-step.
People often tell me their problems.
I enjoy challenging activities such as chess and other strategy games.
Others think I am assertive (firm on my opinions).
I am good at sketching, drawing or designing.

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Scoring Your Inventory


Directions for Scoring:
1. Add up the numbers in the boxes of each column on pages 8-12 and place the totals in
the boxes at the bottom of each column on every page.
2. Transfer the totals from the boxes at the bottom of every page to the Summary Table below.
3. Find the total score for each column in the Summary Table and enter this in the Total Scores
circles at the bottom of each column.

Summary Table

DOERS

THINKERS

CREATORS

HELPERS

PERSUADERS

ORGANIZERS

Total from page 8


Total from page 9
Total from page 10
Total from page 11
Total from page 12
TOTAL

4. Enter the names (e.g. Doer, Thinker, etc.) of your three highest scores below. If your highest
score is tied, enter the names in Group 1 and Group 2 then enter your next highest in Group
3. If your second highest score is tied, enter the names in Group 2 and Group 3. If your third
highest score is tied, enter both names in Group 3 in pencil. Later you can decide which group is
more like you.
Group 1 .....................................
Group 2 .....................................
Group 3 .....................................

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