So, I don’t talk about my job very much, but one of the benefits of working where I work is that I am surrounded by psychologists. Okay, maybe that’s both a cost and a benefit. Anyway, about two weeks ago, I decided to take this personality test. I’m not sure why I decided to do it, but I did. The key to this test, if you are going to do it properly, is to take it and have a professional go through the results with you…which is what I did.
The test gives you results in four different areas, each represented as a letter.
- Extroversion vs. Introversion
- Sensing vs. iNtuition
- Thinking vs. Feeling
- Judging vs. Perceiving
I am an ENTJ.
Frank, decisive, leaders in activities. Develop and implement comprehensive systems to solve organization problems. Good in anything that requires reasoning and intelligent talk, such as public speaking. Are usually well informed and enjoy adding to their fund of knowledge.
Well, don’t I sound fabulous?
In case you were wondering, the description for any of the sixteen types is very positive. No type is better or worse than the others, just different. What this really did for me was to solidify what I already basically knew about myself. And it really helped me to see why I interact with certain people the way I do, why I just don’t “get” some of the people out there, and why I am pretty much over my job and can’t wait to be done.
Some adjectives to describe me (this is fun and less positive):
My favorite part of the analysis? Suggestions for development:
- May need to factor in the human element and appreciate others’ contribution. Translation: I’m self-centered and insensitive.
- May need to check the practical , personal, and situational resources available before plunging ahead. Translation: My desire to move forward often outweighs my logic.
- May need to take time to reflect and consider all sides before deciding. Translation: I’m impatient and rash, same as above.
- May need to learn to identify and value feelings. Translation: I’m a b@#!*.
Don’t you want to be my friend?
Truthfully, I like who I am, in general. And, just as you would expect from someone self-centered, I think the way I am is a great way to be (except for when it comes to dating, where this particular type makes me a little bit of a crazy person, but that’s an entire post of its own).
I’m still learning a lot about how my personality interacts with others’ (the counselor who interpreted my results loaned me a great book), but so far I feel like it has helped me understand a lot about my interactions with others and the motivation behind why I do what I do.
And, in case you wanted to know, I highly recommend the test, if you ever have the opportunity to take it. You can click here for a basic overview of the test and types, if you’re curious. Can you guess what your type is?