Can Learning about Your Personality Improve Your Life?
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator came out as a result of Carl Gustav Jung’s work developed further by mother and daughter Katherine Briggs and Isabel Briggs-Myers. The first version of the assessment was published in the 1940s and it is nowadays used all over the world to measure individual’s personality preference.
Preference does not indicate behavior or competence it refers to preferred style. There is no better, or worse type. The tool indicates what is natural, comfortable, and effortless for different people. Each one of us can use all eight preferences just not always with equal comfort. It is similar to using a left or right hand in writing.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator simply informs us how we operate naturally, what is our dominant mental function, or which mental function overtakes under stress. This tool offers logical structure to identify how different people respond to challenges of life in a different way, helps to design their path towards development, and “more fulfilled version of themselves”. As Aristotle said: “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
MBTI 4 dichotomies are:
Extroversion or Introversion: How people direct and receive energy: whether people are more energized by the external world of people and things or the internal world of reflections, and ideas.
Sensing or Intuition: How people prefer to take in information about the outside world. Some people prefer and trust information obtained through their five senses while others focus on patterns, connections, and possibilities.
Thinking or Feeling: How people prefer to decide and make conclusions. Either by analysis of cause and effect or evaluating process, considering what is important to them.
Judging or Perceiving: How people approach the world; whether they seek closure or options and openness.
There is number of areas where the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and getting to know your type increases life satisfaction and fulfillment:
Career choice: For instance people with the preference for intuition might prefer art or innovation while someone with sensing preference enjoys something more detailed and practical such as accounting.
Communication: Dealing with our team members can be much more efficient and productive once you get to know each member’s unique way of learning, reacting to change, perceiving the world, or sharing their input.
Dealing with change: Certain personality types enjoy change others may take more time but once convinced they will become the heart of change execution.
Mental hygiene: “More than anything else man seeks happiness.” This is a famous quote by Hippocrates. Yet different people may find balance and happiness differently. Some types prefer to look outside while others need to seek within to regain their peace and energy. The same goes for motivating factors in healthy eating or exercise.
Relationships: How many misunderstandings happen due to different angles of perception, for instance, one person starts from an important detail while the other needs to see the big picture.
Stress: When stressed, your inferior (least developed) mental process often takes over. Knowing how to recognize and balance such situations can be an important asset.
These are just a few examples demonstrating the value of exploring and getting to know more about your personality type and preferences.
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