Well, the 2003 Conference of the Canadian Association of Pre-Retirement Planners is over, and I survived being a member of the Program Committee! In the process, I ate some wonderful food, drank some even better wine, met some fascinating people, hugged and kissed old friends and acquaintances, and learned a good deal more about myself and my own perspective on pre-retirement planning.
One of the workshops that gave all of us a great chuckle was "The Psychology of Risk: Nature or Nurture?", with psychologist, author and HR professional, Donna Dunning. During her time with us, she gave us a little taste of personality theory, which she uses to explain (at least in part) the way in which people view risk, and taking risks. She named four personality types, and identified each with a particular animal; I'm a 'Guardian' -- typified by the trusty Canadian beaver!
Does that mean I'm a waddly, buck-toothed, brown-haired wood-chewer? No...(thank goodness!) but I tend to be:
Practical, serious, efficient;
Steady, with a step-by-step approach to situations;
Seen by others as responsible and dependable;
A planner and organizer of facts and details for practical results; and
One who prefers structure and routine.
Yep, that's me down to the ground! :-) "Slow and steady wins the race," I always say.