Know that one person who is the nastiest of them all, waiting to taunt, comment or hurt you? Probably he will leave no opportunity to belittle you, and if you are affected by all the things people say to you, then God save your little butt! Personality is what makes you unique from the rest. But for the sake of argument, we have categorised all the unique people personalities into 3 broad spectrum – Bread, Sponge and Stone!
Where to find the Damage-causing People, the triggers to our Personalities?
Okay, so probably all of us have been to either a school, college, office, or worse, ALL 3! In school, we are all too naive and maybe haven’t realised the personalities we are molding into. Even in Colleges, we are at the liberty to NOT take any fellow student’s crap. (However, we do have some crazy teachers whose words can cut like a knife.) But the best place we have some of these narcissistic, highly detrimental people are at our workplaces! The bonus here is that you can rarely do anything TO them but only be at the receiving end of the crap they have to fling at you.
So, here is the perfect little experiment to determine what sort of a personality you are:
Hypothesis: People can be categorised broadly as three personalities: Bread, Sponge and Stone.
Proposed Experiment: Consider yourself working at XYZ company. It pays you well and you like your work. But your immediate supervisor is a big pain in your tushie! He taunts you, comments inappropriately, spreads rumours about your alleged personal life, tries to portray you in a bad light to his peers and supervisors and turns the team on you. You have also spent two years taking this nonsense.
Situations: Based on the People’s personalities, we suggest everyone can relate to one of the three situations:
Situation A: The Supervisor’s negativity has got to you so much so that you eventually stop working as hard as you would. Your passion for your work falters, you slowly slide into the black pit which stops your personal and professional growth, and your career graphs goes south.
Situation B: The negativity has got to you, but you have prevented that from leeching into your work and personal life. You have weak moments, but you quickly resume your path, having realised that the right decision would be to keep working hard to achieve your goals.
Situation C: The harsh tactics have slide over you, without your mind even giving it a second thought. On the contrary, you have started to imagine this supervisor as a mad clown who tries to get your attention. This might lead to the supervisor ensuring you leave the company.
Results: Based on the options chosen, we can effectively relate the situations and people’s personalities to the following objects:
If you chose Situation A, you are a Bread!
A bread ends up soaking a lot of unnecessary moist and liquids which slowly allows fungus to grow on itself. It is then rendered useless and simply has to be thrown out into the bin. A person who ends up been affected with a lot of office politics but does nothing to survive it, is as good as a rotten bread.
If you chose situation B, you are a Sponge!
A sponge soaks equal, if not more, amount of water or any other liquid that comes its way; but it quickly drains the same out without letting it affect its core self. On the contrary, it works even better with due course of time. People with this personality realise this as a tactic to be pulled down. To combat this, they perform even better, sometimes outperforming his supervisor, his good-for-nothing-team and draws a career that is both envious and inspiring!
If you chose Situation C, you are a Stone!
A stone gives no f*** to amount of water or liquid thrown at it. Nothing percolates inside this object – likewise, people of this personality simply consider such negativity as another joke of the day. They continue their own work and pay no heed to the mad clown! Of course, this irks the supervisor, who in no time, will find different tactics to throw this person out at any chance!
What are your thoughts on this? Did we get the three personalities right? Or are there any more? Let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to add those as our guest blog!