Have you ever taken a personality test to determine what type of personality you have? I’m sure you’ve heard people say that they’re ENFJ or INTJ, etc., so in episode 057, I go over those personality types and the test you can take to determine yours – the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
The reason I wanted to dedicated an entire episode to this test and to this concept, is because I truly believe it can help us work more effective by ourselves and with others if we understand our personalities.
In general, you can gather some information about your personality through some introspection, but we’re better at identifying how we feel during certain situations than identifying specific traits.
Your personality type can be extremely helpful in figuring out what you should be doing ideally with your life, and it can help put you in the right situations. For example, if you like taking risks or being independent, you might want to look into entrepreneurship. People who are very organized and orderly may pursue a career in accounting.
It can help you find a career, and not just a job. We have to play to both our strengths and weaknesses, while having a say in where we’re going… and understanding ourselves can help.
Personality is just one of many factors that guides our behavior. We’re also influenced by our environment, our experiences, our individual goals. Even people who share the same personality type can have significant differences.
Myers-Briggs Foundation says that in its essence, the theory of Myers-Brigg Type Indicator is that seemingly random variations in behavior are actually consistent. And this is due to the differences in perception and judgment, basically the different lenses we all see the world through.
The use of the MBTI should be considered as a starting point for self-discovery, not the finish line. And it shouldn’t be used to judge or stereotype anyone. Instead, it shows an average experience of each type. At the minimum, the test help point out that people behave differently, largely because they view and interact with the world differently.
I go through the four dichotomies of the test – your world (aka – are you an extrovert or an introvert), information, decisions, and structure. Listen to episode 057 while driving to work, walking your dog, cooking dinner, etc., if you’d like an explanation and examples… plus I’ll share my personality type with you as well!
I hope you’ll set aside a short bit of time to take the MBTI test. You’ll discover how it can really help you in the way you interact with people at work, in social settings, and even how you set goals and achieve them!
I think understanding your personality type is such an investment in yourself, so take the time to give yourself that gift of understanding who you are.