Personality Profile Test
How it can help you with your career and life
Have you ever wondered what drives your every decision, every behavior in life? Why is it that one man's meat is another's poison? Your personality type can give clues to the deep psychological drivers of your self. We typically find out more about ourselves, what lies at the core of our beings, through life experiences as we grow and mature. Wouldn't it be great if you can accelerate that natural process? Avoid many of those bumps and dead-ends people typically have to go through before they find their place in the world? A personality profile test could help.
Not living life in a way that is congruent with your personality can lead to constant frustration, dissatisfaction or even misery. In fact, some psychology researchers argue that personality is one of the best predictors of career success and satisfaction, not to mention other aspects such as interpersonal relationships. This is the one of the premises behind the book by Paul and Barbara Tieger - internationally recognized experts in personality types - named 'Do What You Are’:
In short, you can give yourself the best shot at success and satisfaction by living in a way that is congruent with your personality. Unfortunately, most people go through life with little understanding of their own personality type. They live their lives doing what they think they are good at, what they think they should do, or worse still – what other people think they should do.
Take a quiet moment to reflect on several questions: Do you feel energetic and enthusiastic about living life when you wake up every day? Are you surrounded by people whom you can ‘click’ with, whom you can share a good laugh with? Are your developing deep, meaningful or intimate relationships with people? At the end of your workweek, or at the end of every day, do you feel any sense of accomplishment?
If you answered ‘no’ to one or more of the above questions, you could be living a life that is incongruent with your personality. Perhaps you have the right goals and are developing quality relationships in your life, but you might be sabotaging them because you do not understand your personality traits and how you can leverage them. Fortunately, there are many tools available to help you understand your own personality better. The Myers Briggs Type Indicator or MBTI is one of the most useful personality frameworks available. Read on to find out more about the MBTI and why I strongly encourage everyone to take an MBTI test.
The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
The MBTI classifies people into 16 distinct personality types, based on 4 key personality dimensions. An individual has a preference for either of two sides of each dimension. The full MBTI theory can be fairly complex, but I will try to explain each of the 4 dimensions in simple terms below:
Extraversion/ Introversion (E/I)
Are you an action oriented person, and get energized by interacting with external objects and people? If so, you are likely to be an Extraverts (E). Extraverts are action oriented and prefer to act first, reflect, and then act further.
If you spend a lot of time reflecting, dwelling on concepts and ideas, then you are likely to be an Introvert (I). Introverts draw their energy from their internal worlds – their minds, and may spend a lot of time reflecting before acting, and yet more time reflecting after they have acted.
Sensing/ Intuition (S/N)
Do you prefer concrete information, e.g. facts and data, and information fed directly to your five senses? If so, you could be a Sensor (S). Sensors tend to be preoccupied with the ‘here and now’ and tend to distrust hunches.
On the other hand, if you and drawn to abstract concepts and ideas, and are inclined to processing information in terms of how they relate to patterns and theories, you could be an
Intuitive (N). Intuitives live in a world of patterns and possibilities, and are more future-oriented.
Thinking/ Feeling (T/F)
Do you tend to make decisions from a detached angle, based on what appears most reasonable, objective and logical to you? If so, you could be more of a thinker (T). Perhaps you prefer to empathize with the context of the situation and the people involved, and make decisions that achieve the greatest fit, consensus and harmony? If so, you could be more of a feeler (F).
Do note that in no way is one preference for making a decision superior to the other. Both the thinking as well as the feeling functions are important in the decision process. Contrary to common misconception, feeling is not irrational. In fact, both are rational.
Judgment/ Perception (J/P)
Are you the sort of person who likes to “have things settled”, in other words you like to make plans and you stick to them until you accomplish your goal? Or do you prefer to “keep your options open”, changing and adapting your plans and goals as you are exposed to new information? If the first type of person sounds more like you, then you are likely to be judger (J). If preferring to keep decisions open sound more like you, then you are probably a perceiver (P).
Your Personality Type
After you have taken the MBTI test, you will be given a personality type based on your preference in each of the four personality dimensions. For example, if you are extroverted (E), sensing (S), thinking (T) and perceiving (P), your personality type would be ESTP.
How to Leverage on Your Personality
Understanding your own personality gives you tremendous advantage in all areas of your life, from your career to your personal relationships. This self awareness is an extremely powerful internal compass that gives you direction in living your life. In this age of information explosion, with so many self-proclaimed gurus dispensing advice on how best to live your life, one could easily fall into the trap of perpetually trying to live someone else’s life, without ever being able to find real contentment and to be at peace with oneself. Only when you understand your own personality can you begin the journey to live life in your own terms, and find sustainable fulfillment and satisfaction.
It has to be added, however, that personality tests and analysis are not without their pitfalls. One should not be too dogmatic about personality types. Human personality is extremely dynamic and has innumerable possible dimensions. That is why every human being is unique. Personality theories and frameworks like the MBTI are a good starting points for you to understand yourself, but will never fully describe you nor completely useful in predicting your future. Treat them as useful tools and illuminating guides in your life, but do not let them restrict you or dictate the way you should live.