It’s like a house with many rooms. If you are like me, you have a favorite room in your home where you spend some time. Do you ever go to other rooms? Sometimes, you go to the attic but you don’t stay there forever. Sometimes, you go to the bedroom, kitchen, or bathroom, but you don’t stay in those rooms either. You will generally have a favorite spot but you move throughout your house. This is how your personality is…. you aren’t defined in one particular way, but your personal preferences give definition to your personality. You will absolutely move through the “house” of personality traits, but you usually feel your best when you are operating in a natural, inborn way.
Personality assessments are informative and useful if you are willing to delve into learning about yourself and others. Career decisions, personal strengths and stumbling blocks, and tendencies that build or weaken relationships can be explored through assessments. Young executives are learning the value of this tool as they enter the workforce already understanding themselves and others better. This gives them an edge above others because they will lead groups by appreciating what drives individuals, the process people use while meeting deadlines and preferred communication style among teams.
Through the years, I’ve taken different personality assessments and find positive aspects in them. My preferred assessment is Myers-Briggs. I was fascinated when I realized how accurate the results were for me. There are 16 personality types and individuals may relate to each of them. You determine if the 4 letters given to you based on your answers in the assessment are the 4 letters that describe you best. You know yourself better than anyone else, so you determine if the descriptions best describe you. The letters represent your personal preferences. They are simply representative of where you are most comfortable, what you tend to do naturally, “which room is your favorite.”
As people act on their inborn tendencies, patterns of behavior are developed. Swiss psychiatrist Carl G. Jung developed this theory of personality type and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator instrument is a self-report questionnaire designed to make Jung’s theory understandable and useful. The authors of the MBTI instrument, Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Briggs Myers, studied and elaborated on Jung’s ideas and applied them to understanding people.
When we use our preferred methods, we are generally at our best and feel confident, natural and energetic. The MBTI preferences indicate the differences in people in 4 areas:
- Where they focus attention and get energy
- The way they prefer to take in information
- The way they prefer to make decisions
- How they orient themselves to the external world
Differences among people can be the source of misunderstandings and miscommunication and this assessment gives insight to learning about and appreciating differences. It helps identify your unique gifts, enhances the understanding of yourself, your motivations and natural strengths. It will bring awareness to potential areas for growth and appreciation for people who differ from you. This is a self-affirming tool and encourages cooperation with others.
I feel that the results can change over time because we (hopefully) grow as individuals, learn good practices and habits, live through hardships that change our perspectives and have different social environments that impact our daily life. So, if you have taken the assessment at one time in your life and take it again, you may get different results. My results have changed slightly over time.
Do you want to understand your partner better?
Are you seeking to improve leadership skills?
Are you trying to choose your college major or change your career path and want to discover professions that match with your natural preferences?
If you are interested in this assessment, reach out to me and visit My Store. I can give you access to the online assessment and will explain the comprehensive results. Use the assessment to point you in the right direction and I will guide you through the process.
Knowledge is power.