Your Personality Type And How It Can Help You Take Things to the Next Level
Imagine it’s Friday night, and you’ve just made it home. This week at the office has been busier than usual, and you need to find a way to unwind. What was the first thing that came to mind? For some, it’s grabbing a hot cup of lemon tea, throwing on a fleece robe, and curling up on the couch with a great read. For others, it’s going out for drinks with friends. Either way, our responses to how we de-stress are largely based on our personalities. They influence how we interact with people, decision-making, and even how we do our jobs. So, can knowing your personality type help you improve your performance at the office (and in general)? (Hint: we’re about to tell you!)
First thing’s first, the basics: there are 16 distinct personality types, according to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment, the go-to framework for personal development (globally!). Created by mother and daughter duo Isabel Myers and Katharine Briggs in the 1960s, this assessment helps you discover why you do what you do while gaining confidence in your strengths and make decisions that are true to your nature. Basing their work off of psychiatrist Carl Jung, the duo presented that four dimensions could be used to categorize folks:
- Introversion v.s. Extroversion
- Sensing v.s. Intuition
- Thinking v.s. Feelings
- Judging v.s. Perceiving
After discovering your “preference” in each dimension, the four preferences would make up your personality type. Confusing? No problem. Here’s an example:
After taking the assessment, you discover you have these preferences: Extroversion, Sensing, Feelings, and Judging. These would make your personality type ESFJ. ESFJ types are energized by time spent with others (Extroverted), focus on facts and details rather than ideas and concepts (Sensing), make decisions based on feelings and values (Feeling), and prefer to be planned and organized rather than spontaneous and flexible (Judging). By knowing this, you can discover new tools and tricks to navigate the workplace and home and create a roadmap that outlines how you can maximize your strengths while improving your weaknesses. This creates a sense of self-awareness, of course, but also an awareness of how others may operate, allowing for deeper understanding, more meaningful collaboration, and an opportunity to take these relationships to a higher, more fulfilling level.
Sounds interesting enough? Nowadays, there are plenty of versions of the Myers-Briggs assessment you can take to begin your personality typing journey. The most popular one was created by www.16personalities.com, boasting over 400 million “freakishly accurate” results so far. (Note that the dimensions are slightly different, but the results are still based on the Myers-Briggs assessment.)
If you’re ready for some self-discovery, click here to get started (and don’t forget to tell us what your type is!) After such a wild year (#pandemic) kept teams apart, personality typing would be an excellent way to rediscover ourselves and one another.
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