Have you noticed that you're the kind of person who, while inherently empathetic, is also an independent thinker? Or perhaps you're more the type who is a little self-critical and insecure, but can defend yourself when needed? Maybe you're a human being, with various thoughts and feelings that sometimes contradict. Maybe you're that!
Welcome, my friends, to the Barnum effect, named after famous 19th-century showman P.T. Barnum, who was happy to manipulate people by drawing on their belief that he "understood" their personality in some implicit way. What was really happening? Simple: Barnum was giving a very broad description of "personality" and finding that many people were gullible enough to consider the terms unique to them. As he's famously quoted as saying, "There's a sucker born every minute."