2 posts in 3 days… I’m on a roll, LOL! No flim-flam here, so let’s get to the meat and potatoes of the matter.
Number 2: Share your Myers Briggs type.
First of all, what is a “Myers-Briggs Type”? According to Wikipedia, it’s a questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions, based upon the work of Carl Jung. Jung theorized that there are four principal psychological functions by which we experience the world: sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking.
A quick Google search of Myers-Briggs Type will bring you a variety of options to find your type, but here’s a couple to save you the trip:
After taking one of the tests (or all of them to see if there any variations in the results), you’ll wind up with a 4-letter type that should summarize your tendencies and how you generally see the world:
I fall into the INFJ type or Introversion (I), Intuition (N), Feeling (F), Judging (J) if you break it up. The first time you take one of these tests, you’ll likely be surprises and possibly even creeped out at how well it describes you. How well do I fit my MBT shoes? I’m certainly more comfortable in the background and while I can be expressive, especially for topics that I’m passionate about and invested in, I will need a bit more recharging time by myself than most. As for those topics and people I’m passionate about, there are fewer, rather than more, but again, I’m invested in those around me and if I call you a friend, then it’s not something that’s being said in passing. I know I make many decisions based more on feelings than on facts and while I’m not living like a teenage girl, I have certainly screwed myself in my weekly football pick’em pool because I felt the Packers and Brown would pull it out over a clearly better opponent. I will also typically put others ahead of myself to ensure harmony in a group (friendships included), unless something triggers one of those principles, in which case the gloves may come off to get my point across (friends not excluded). Finally, I value creativity over absolutes, yet understand that everything needs a framework, because all ideas have the potential for change, but we have to ask if is that change good?
With that all said, it by no means is meant to define me or you or preordain our futures. I value it because it may help explain why we tend to behave and react in various situations. Since it’s meant to expose the surface of our personalities, it can also possibly help with your current and future relationships by teaching you to be more open-minded about how those around you behave and react, if you know their types.
My employer has been offering a training session that covers a similar topic, using a tool called the “Color Wheel”, that aims to help employees determine their personality type. Their justification is based on the argument that the better you know your co-workers and vice versa, the better you deal with personalities other than yours and that will ultimately result in increased productivity and workplace harmony. And while you’re not going to walk out of training as BFFs with all your team mates, you do walk out with a better appreciation for personalities and how you can better work with them, instead of avoiding them.
Hopefully this prompts you to look in the mirror and at those around you in a different light and realize that there really is a method to everyone’s madness.