Fields Dunston

My Personality Project

Age: 16

Date of Birth: February 18th, 1998

Height: 5'2

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Food: Queso

A little about me:

My name is Fields Dunston. I am named after my Great Grandmother whose middle name was Fields. My mother's side of the family still lives on the same farm that was home to the Fields family in Calhoun, Georgia.   This beautiful home place was a stop for General Butterfield during the Civil War.  General Butterfield led his troops across the river that flows through my grandparents farm.   They used the ferry boat at Fields Mill and Ferry, which was named for my ancestors.    My parents gave me this name, because they knew I would probably never live in Georgia, but hoped that one day, I might want to learn more about my southern heritage.  

I have two younger siblings, A brother, named Owen and a sister, named Greer. Being the oldest child in my family has taught me a lot about being a leader and caring for others. I am a Lieutenant for the Highland Belles drill team at Highland Park High School. Dancing is something that I am truly passionate about and I love the opportunities that being a Lieutenant has provided for me to learn more about being a good leader and to help other people on the team. Being a Lieutenant is a very important part of my life and is also very time consuming. There are many things that the Lieutenants do behind the scenes of Belles such as: pulling dances, having group practices, knowing all the parts of a dance, teaching and helping anyone who asks, drawing forms for the dance, the weekly Thursday practices and keeping up a good example for others on the team. Even though it takes up a lot of time, I truly love being a leader on the team.

I also participate in activities at my church, First United Methodist in Downtown Dallas, such as the church choir for youth and the youth program. I am part of my churches Youth Action Council (Aka YAC).  I believe that I am an over all positive person with strong moral values and a desire to help others in anyway I can. Although I can be moody, I think I am a caring person who loves to be kind to others. One of my favorite things to do with my church is the church mission trips. Through those trips, I get a sense of accomplishment from helping others, learn more about God and have a lot of fun.

Personality Summaries

Personality Summary: Myers

The results from the first personality test showed that my personality letters were: ESFP, also known as The Performer. Performers tend to look at situations literally. ESFP’s love people and find getting attention exhilarating. ESFP’s are often the peacemakers during conflict and love drama in their lives. They are also usually sympathetic, generous and warm people who tend to be concerned with other’s well-being.  ESFP’s are optimistic and spontaneous. ESFP’s also enjoy entertaining others and making people happy. This description of my personality is pretty accurate minus one factor: Although I love drama on the stage, I am not a fan of personal drama in my life. Drama with friends or in relationships causes me loads of stress and I do not "relish" in it. Possible careers opportunities that are good for a person with a ESFP personality and that I have considered are: child care, social work, a performer (musically, dramatically, or dance),  and photography. I have also considered pursuing some kind of church ministry work with youth and being a teacher.

Personality Summary: Big Five

The other personality test, Big Five, described me as a mostly neutral person in 4/5 categories however in the category of agreeableness I had extremely high scores. I agree with this description of me for a few reasons. One reason I agree is because I tend to “go with the flow” in a lot of situations so I think my agreeableness percentile is on point. Another reason I agree is because other than my agreeableness I am really in between on all the other categories listed (as my results show). My personality is always the same but the way I portray my personality changes with the situation.

Perspectives explored:

A behaviorist would see that my personality developed from learning and watching others around me as I grew up. Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs (Humanist perspective) displays that my personality has developed/is developing in order for me to reach the top of the pyramid to find my purpose and figure out who I truly am. The Social-Cognitive perspective of my personality is all about observation and learning from others. The Social-Cognitive perspective is similar to the behaviorist perspective in that your personality is developed from watching others and from your environment. From this perspective one must assume that I grew up in an cheerful environment to receive the cheerful personality that I have grown up with. The Psychoanalytic perspective would say that I was born with my personality. A Neo-Freudian such as Carl Jung might say that because I am a happy person, I chose the Persona over the shadow. According to the trait theory, a cardinal trait of mine is most likely caring because caring about others shapes my personality and is a big part of who I am.

Erik Erikson Timeline

Stage 1: Trust vs Mistrust

In Erikson's first stage, trust in the world is based on the consistency of a child's care giver. If trust in the child's caregivers develops successfully, then the child will gain confidence and be secure with the world around him. However, if the child is unsuccessful in developing trust, they could develop anxiety and fear of the world around them. As a young child during this stage I did not enjoy being held by strangers. I would reach out and want my mom or dad to hold me because they were my consistent caregivers. I began to trust strangers more when I was about 18 months, after being exposed to other children and their families in school and developing a sense for what the world was. When I was six month old, my parents took me to my mom's 10 year high school reunion and I was passed around to a lot of people and I was comfortable and trusted others besides my mom and dad to hold me. My physical growth during this stage was mostly a growth in hair and size. Cognitively I was learning how to speak and learning about the new world around me as my brain developed.

Stage 2: Autonomy vs Self doubt

Once a child has learned the skills needed to do things for themselves they enter the second stage. Stage two of Erikson's personality development is when a child begins to make their own choices in life and becoming more independent. If a child is supported and encourage when being independent they will become over all more confident. Unfortunately, if they are over controlled the child will feel useless, have a lack of self esteem, and will likely be over dependent on others. I started sharing my opinion on certain things around age 2-3. I expressed how I felt about how my clothes felt, if they were itchy or uncomfortable. I dreaded having my hair brush and was very tender headed. I also had opinions on books, videos, and a strong opinion on what songs I wanted to listen to. Physically I was very active and played a lot. Socially I had a lot of friends and play dates with neighborhood, church, and school friends. Cognitively, I understood music and was good at memorizing songs and dances.

Stage 3: Initiative vs Guilt

The stage of initiative vs guilt is all about leadership. During this stage, children will plan activities/initiate activities with others and make up games. Children who are given opportunities like those listed above gain a sense of security in their ability to lead others. If this sense of security is not developed, the child will feel a lingering sense of guilt and remain followers until they gain confidence to take control. I initiated a lot of pretend play activities, coloring, and playing with stuffed animals with others during this stage. I loved to plan and put on musicals or talent shows for family and friends. I enjoyed being the line leader at school. I always directed the shows and told people what to do but not in a bossy manner, I had a very diplomatic way about leading others. Socially, I was gaining more friends and learning how to get along with other children. Physically, I was still very small and remained small for a majority of my life so far.

Stage 4: Industry vs Inferior

During this stage, children develop a sense of pride and accomplishment from initiating projects. Teachers play a particularly essential role in this stage because if the initiative is not encouraged, the child will begin to feel inferior. In this stage,  I fell in love with ice skating and it made me feel very accomplished and confident. Although I no longer skate,  it really helped me gain confidence in my ability to do something well and helped me with gaining a strong work ethic. I learned that practice is essential and that with practice you can accomplish even the most outrageous goals. I grew the most during this stage. I also had a small friend group at my school, Greenhill.

Stage 5: Identity vs Role Confusion

This stage takes place during a persons adolescence and consists of a lot of self searching. People explore possibilities and begin to try to find their own identities. Throughout this stage, people try many different activities to see what fits their personality best. People also might try different hair cuts, different styles, or even switch up friend groups to find themselves. I tried many different activities during this stage. I tried ice skating from ages 8-12, I always did choir, activities with my youth group, Girl Scouts, cheer, gymnastics, acting classes, musical theater classes, guitar lessons, piano lessons and dance. I went through a period of time when I wrote a lot of stories and songs. I liked to collect rocks for a while toward the beginning of this stage and I also collected scented hand sanitizers. I believe I have found my identity through all of these things combined. From performing arts to writing in journals, I think all have come together to make up who I am today. Performing especially has helped me succeed in being successful as a Belle. I didn't start drill dance till 8th grade, however my other dance background and love of performing has really helped me to succeed.  Spiritually, I have found myself through leadership at my church, getting involved on mission trips, going to the youth program, and talking to others about religion has become a big part of who I am. Socially, I jumped around from friend group to friend group until I realized that I am truly a "Floater". Cognitively, I began thinking more big picture rather than just about what was right in front of me. Physically I grew a bit and my hair grew longer.

Stage 6: Intimacy vs Isolation

As a person finds their identity and transforms from an adolescent to an adult, they want to begin looking for intimate partners and want to share more intimacy with others. Relationships are explored during this stage. Being comfortable and intimate with others leads to a sense of commitment while avoiding relationships may lead to isolation, loneliness, and depression. In the future I hope to be intimate with someone who is witty, genuinely kind, and laid back yet someone who will make me feel safe and has more street smarts than I do. It's also important that they let me be who I am and not have high expectations of who they think I should be and instead will support what I want to be.

Stage 7: Generality vs Self-absorbtion/stagnation

During this stage, humans establish their careers and begin to settle down within a relationship. People start to think about the bigger picture of life as a whole and also begin families. When raising a family, people in this stage want to give back to society what they have gained through their life so  far. If people fail to settle down and establish a career that fits their personality, they will become stagnant and feel unproductive. I have always enjoyed teaching other people so being a teacher at school or in dance is an option of a career floating out there. I also am good at directing and putting together videos, shows or dances and I enjoy that as well. If I directed something it would most likely be more along the lines of working with other people rather than planning a wedding. I also think it would be fun to work with people in a church situation or a camp situation as a conselor would be a good fit for who I am. My mother sees me perhaps doing business in advertising and coming up with commercials, however i have never looked into that.

Stage 8: Integrity vs Despair

This is the final stage of Erikson's personality development. In this stage, productivity begins to slow down and a person develops integrity. They also reminisce about how they live their lives and can fall into depression if they feel they have not lived it well. Wisdom I hope to carry with me into this stage is to always remember to be kind and forgiving, continue learning, keep an open mind, always realize there is two sides to every story and have compassion for both sides, not to be judgmental, and knowing that everyone is capable of doing anything they want if you put your mind to it.

Jean Piaget Timeline

Sensorimotor stage:

The sensrimotor stage of development starts from birth and consists  of many important elements. Infants begin to understand the information that is taken in by their senses. A child learns how to manipulate objects, however, they do not understand object permanency, an object ability to still be in the room even when it is unable to be seen. Not understanding the permanency of objects can cause separation anxiety for a young child if this concept is understood too late. The biggest achievement in this stage occurs at the end when object permanency is understood. When toys were taken away from me as a child I wouldn't cry, instead I would begin to look for something else to play with. If a toy was hidden from me during this stage I would expect the same stimulation but I would think the toy was gone. For example, I loved puppets, so if my mom or dad hid the puppet I would be waiting for the puppet and when the puppet came into sight I would be very excited. I also loved peek-a-boo during this stage and would be very happy.

Preoperational Stage:

Children begin to develop language in this stage and began to interact with their environment in a more complex way. Animism and Egocentrism are two key factors of this stage. Animism is when a child's mental symbols are not completely real or logical. Egocentrism is a child's belief that everyone see's the work the same way they do. During this stage, children also believe inanimate objects have the same perceptions and feelings as they do. The concept of conservation, the ability to understand quantities do not change shape, is also under development throughout this stage.  Children are unable to understand the concept of reversibility and strong centration (focusing on one aspect of an object). My first word was Bye Bye and I said it in September of 1998. It took seven month's for me to say that first word and then I began to learn language rapidly. I said my first sentence after a year and three months. I liked to sing and dance all the time. I modeled what ever I had read in books or seen in movies, such as the Wizard of Oz, and I would reenact what I had seen. I would also set up little figurines and talk to them as if they had personalities and feelings. I also had an imaginary friend named Wind who I would talk to when I practiced riding my bike in a small church parking lot, however, I only talked to her when I was riding my bike so it wasn't a huge obsession.

Concrete Operational Stage:

There is a slow decline of centristic thought during this stage and children increase focus on more than one object. However, they only apply this to concrete objects that they know. I understood more complicated rules and more complicated reasoning after I was five. For example when I 2-3, I would do things because I wouldn't understand the consequences of it like run into the street. When I was five I understood not to run into the street because I would get hit by a car. By the time I was six or seven I understand maybe I would get hit because the car is not looking. This lengthening of the thought process is a big part of this stage. I also loved dressing up during this stage and playing pretend games.

Formal Operations Stage:

This stage is the last of the development stages of Piaget. By this stage, a person has a more abstract view of the world than before and has stopped their thinking growth. During this stage I definitely have gained more knowledge and no more about the world than I did a few years ago.

Johari Window

Johari Window Summary:

The results from my johari window test let me know a lot about who I am and about who other people think I am. The most interesting aspect of this to me was that all of the words that I listed for my self were also listed by the people I had send me words. This shows me that who I believe I am is what I portray to others and not just to myself. The words known to others but not known to self, the blind spot section, shows mostly words that I would fit with my personality. Two words that I did not expect to receive were brave and wise. I moved to Highland Park in 7th grade and I was not very excited about it. It was during this time when I was trying to find my identity and changing schools made this much more difficult for me. It took me a while to make friends and coming from a private school I was not used to a school with so many kids. For the next three years I was pretty shy because I was not confident that people would like me for who I am. Once I  made more friends, I grew more confident and realized that if people don't like you then you shouldn't change who you are to best fit their needs. You should always be yourself, and thats how you find out who your true friends are. I suppose with this new confidence that I have, I have gained wisdom and bravery. But, if you had asked the people who answered the window a few years ago, those answers would not have been listed. The words in the unknown box are rightfully there. If I have those traits I am not aware of them and neither are my peers.

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You're cheerful and energetic personality that was observed by your peers is OBVIOUSLY learned from those who surrounded you when you were younger. #B.F.Skinner

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You are on your way to figuring out who you are and what your purpose is! Your personality has developed thus far but you still have time to figure out more about who you are and what you were meant to do. #AbrahamMaslow

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What were you rewarded with as a child that shaped your personality? How were you punished for bad behavior? Please message me back ASAP. #JULJULRotter #JulianRotter

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Wow! You must have interacted with very happy people growing up and also have been raised in a cheerful environment that has shaped your personality today. #BANTHEMAN #AlbertBandura

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@BantheMan I must agree to disagree with you sir. Miss Dunston was born with this intrinsic happy personality. #FREUDOG1939 #SigmundFreud