True confession: I tune out when you talk about your Myers-Briggs type.

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I’m an INTJ.  I’m detail-oriented and set high standards.  And you’re a…oh, sorry, what?  I was checking my Facebook feed.

Yep, that’s me.  I enjoy learning about my own personality type but lose focus when it comes to the other…15?… types.  It’s like reading someone else’s horoscope: it’s mildly interesting but it doesn’t really resonate.

But Penelope Trunk recently wrote about teaching kids to identify personality types being a key factor in their ability to navigate relationships and, ultimately, find the right partners, personally and professionally.  I like this because it offers a tangible way to help kids build a very intangible skill – a sort of curriculum for teaching emotional intelligence.

And THAT resonated.

I can be hyper-analytical and demanding, so I know I have to flex my communication style to be more approachable and supportive.  That knowledge gets me a long way, without giving much thought to personality type.  But I can do better.  And helping my kid navigate the world is my number one priority.  If Myers-Briggs will help me do that, I’m in.

How about you?  What’s your experience with Myers-Briggs or other personality typologies?



6 thoughts on “True confession: I tune out when you talk about your Myers-Briggs type.

  1. ihstreet

    Not a huge fan of Myers-briggs or other personality tests (I’m INTJ too) since they really tend to put people in boxes. That said, I’m as introverted as they come and I do need to play to that; to manage my energy level ,find my best working environment, etc.

    1. Bernadine Post author

      Ian, the idea of managing my energy as an introvert was an Aha! moment for me. Particularly around understanding why I feel so physically drained after a lot of social activity.

      1. ihstreet

        for me too. I’m still not great at it honestly, or realizing when I need to lower my stimulation levels. Just understanding that I’m an introvert was huge for me too (‘Quiet’, Susan Cain’s Book changed my life for the better. Also Beth Beulow is great (@IntrovertCoach).

  2. robertlfs

    I had a staff do Meyers-Briggs tests a bunch of years ago. Two people who had worked in adjoining offices for over 10 years had an insight. The E said to the I “Oh, I get it now. The reason you often close your door and don’t talk as much as me is that you are just introverted and I am an extrovert.”

    I now administer a Meyers-Briggs type of test on the orientation day each fall for the 4 graduate assistant students who I will supervise for the year. We go around, review each others type, go over their characteristics, favored/unfavored careers, with the idea of getting to know each other a bit better. I always ask “Is this a pretty accurate description of you?” Answer is always yes.

    So, yeah, it is a box – and one that morphs through time, but it can also provide a good bit of personal insight, and team building.

    1. Bernadine Post author

      Hi, Robert. I like the idea of using personality testing in a small group, get-to-know you situation. And I do find that the types are usually pretty spot on. Which is another reason I want to push myself to learn more about types other than my own. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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