Updated: Aug 31, 2021
You have had a long week at the office and it is now the weekend. What would you do to relax? Everybody’s view of what is relaxing is unique - mine may be to enjoy a wine, someone else’s may be to watch a movie.
Either way, our responses to how we de-stress are largely based on our personalities. They influence how we interact with people, decision-making, and even how we do our jobs. Can knowing your personality type help you improve your performance at the office?
First, the basics: there are 16 distinct personality types, according to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment, the go-to framework for personal development (globally!). Basing their work off of psychiatrist Carl Jung, the duo presented that four dimensions could be used to categorise folks:
Introversion v.s. Extroversion
Sensing v.s. Intuition
Thinking v.s. Feeling
Judging v.s. Perceiving
After discovering your “preference” in each dimension, the four preferences would make up your personality type.
Here’s an example:
After taking the assessment, you discover you have these preferences: Extroversion, Sensing, Feeling, and Judging. These would make your personality type ESFJ. ESFJ types are energized by time spent with others (Extroverted), focus on facts and details rather than ideas and concepts (Sensing), make decisions based on feelings and values (Feeling), and prefer to be planned and organized rather than spontaneous and flexible (Judging).
By knowing this, you can discover new tools and tricks to navigate the workplace/home and create a roadmap that outlines how you can maximise your strengths, while improving your weaknesses.
This creates a sense of self-awareness, of course, but also an awareness of how others may operate, allowing for deeper understanding, more meaningful collaboration, and an opportunity to take these relationships to a higher, more fulfilling level.
Sounds interesting enough?
If you’re ready for some self-discovery, click here to get started (and don’t forget to tell us what your type is!)