Dear Dr. Archer:
Do you have any suggestions for high traited people to keep balance in their lives? My lowest score was on the shy scale, at 5.2; the highest two were hyper alert and dramatic, at 7.8.
I've been on antidepressants for years and really got burned out at my previous job. I was a school psychologist for ten years, and finally quit because I just couldn't stand it anymore.
I've been working on some writing projects this year, but kind of have a hard time dealing with large amounts of unstructured time, especially with things that have no deadline.
I'm not sure I could make a living with just the writing. I can get things finished, but it takes me longer than I'd like. I haven't made much money from it, either.
In addition, writing requires so much time alone, which I like, but this is too much. I hate the confinement of traditional jobs, but being left entirely to my own devices might not be the best thing, either.
I'm not sure if I've given you enough information, but do you have any suggestions?
The biggest challenge for folks with high traits is finding a career that blends those traits together to make a satisfying and enjoyable life. I know, because I'm one, myself! It definitely can be done, however, so do not get discouraged.
Writing would be boring for you since you're a high anxiety and histrionic individual. I suggest you consider the entertainment industry, perhaps as a DJ, or put yourself right into the middle of the public, such as sales.
Representing a company, as in Public Relations would also suit you, as would real estate, politics and anything that requires dealing with people.
If you enjoy writing then consider reporting. That requires getting out to get your story, writing it up and delivering -- all within a designated deadline, giving you that structured time frame you need.
Sometimes it takes a while, but if you consider what you truly enjoy and apply it to your traits, you'll come up with jobs that would suit your personality and give you personal satisfaction, as well.
I hope the suggestions work for you. Whatever you decide, I wish you much success.