When I opened my results and saw the scores that were marked next to each category, I was kind of surprised! For the majority of the personality traits, I received a score of “medium” and was pretty close to each class average. I am mostly shocked about my “sensation seeking” score of 14, which is a score that is considered medium/high. Even though I 100% want to skydive one day in the future, I view myself as someone who almost always stays in their comfort zone. I do like to try new things, but oftentimes I get scared and back out because I’m nervous about what could happen or that I simply don’t want to fail at the given task. In class, one of the main points of sensation seeking that was pointed out is a willingness to try anything. That is definitely not me. If it puts me out of my comfort zone, I’m probably not going to do it. This survey made me realize that always staying in my comfort zone is something I will definitely start regretting. I think there are pros and cons of trying anything, but I want to challenge myself and do all that I can! My “anxiety sensitivity” score was 12, which is medium, and I’m surprised because I thought it was going to be a lot higher. I get stressed out easily, but in a way it pushes me to get things done and I’m usually satisfied with the results. My anxiousness about something bad happening affects my sensation seeking a great amount. I want to work on finding a balance between the two! It can be healthy to get a little scared sometimes, but I don’t want it to take over opportunities that could really benefit me.
When making decisions, there are definitely pros and cons of trusting your gut feeling. I think trusting your gut is making a decision that your heart is telling you to make and making it quickly, but that decision doesn’t always benefit you or workout the way you planned it to, which is where the cons come in. When you trust your gut, you are blocking out your surroundings in order to make that quick decision. To me the biggest pro is definitely that you’re usually right when trusting your intuition and having that hunch. Listening to your heart can take you so many places. One of the cons of trusting your gut when making a decision is that you aren’t always being logical and taking everything into consideration. This could lead to negative outcomes. I think the pros outweigh the cons because life is all about following your own instincts and seeing where they take you. If you take too long to make a decision using logic, life will start to pass you by and you may regret not trusting your gut.
When it comes to my personality, I usually think things through by being logical and rational. Sometimes I ignore my gut because I don’t want to be wrong, even though I know that you’re usually right when doing so. I’m not usually optimistic, but that is something I am working on. When making a decision I usually think about the negatives more than the positives, which directly affects my cognitive style. There are still times I do trust my gut, but I want to do it more! When I applied to college, I was thinking about where exactly I could see myself going and VCU was the only place. I didn’t want to apply anywhere else. I kept telling myself that I was meant to go here and that’d I’d get in, but in the back of my mind I was thinking about the consequences of only applying to one university and not getting in. I ended up trusting my gut by only applying to VCU, and luckily got in! It was a risk but it was so worth it, and coming here is one of the best decisions I’ve made. Trusting your intuition can be hard, but when I look back at all of the times that I have, I’ve usually been right.