Personality tests. At some point everyone’s had to taken one. While no one can ever get a 100% complete picture of a person, some can get pretty close to what a person’s personality is or at the very least, makes interaction and understanding of them a little easier. I’m going to be doing a series about some of the personality tests. As a disclaimer, I’m not a psychologist or even a pysch major. I’m just someone who’s interested in these subjects and want to better understand the kind of person I am and my interactions in work.
This entry is about the Myers Brigg. I decided to do this first because it’s the main topic being discussed now in my management class. I’ve taken an online version here:http://similarminds.com/jung.html , and of the 3 times I took it have gotten ENTJ. I’ll do a later post on tips for understanding ENTJs and their traits.
Myers-Brigg is probably one of the best tests out there since it breaks up the personality traits into four different sections instead of just having one. The first letter is E or I which stand for Extroverted or Introverted, the second is iNtuitive or Sensing, the Third is Thinking or Feeling and the last is Judging or Perceiving. Each person will have a letter from each of the pairs, some having higher percentage in one letter than others.
The first pair is easy to understand, you’re either an extroverted or introverted person. I will admit, from what I can tell companies prefer to have extroverts in their top positions as you’ll have to interact with people but introverts can be sociable, so that won’t be a problem. Just have some set alone time for yourselves.
The second pair is where there starts to be huge differences in work. If you intuitive, you’re going to be in the minority except in top level positions because of the ability to see the big picture.If you’re sensing, this means you focus more on the details.
The third pair can be summed up as cold vs. warm, with thinkers being more rational to their approach while feelers care more about how this will impact people.
The last pair can be summed up as the planner vs. spontaneous. The Judging person will always have a plan, needs rules and can make decisions whereas the Perceiver can go with the flow, doesn’t need as many rules and tends to be a lot more playful.
Here’s the big thing: No matter what your type is, you are no better or worse than the other types. This test is designed to give insight and not to condemn or praise certain types. We need all these types to function both in the workplace and society.
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