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April 2, 2013

What ‘type’ are you?



Emily shares her experience of some recent self-reflection, courtesy of a personality profiling tool…

We have been having some ‘cosmo moments’ at CC HQ recently, courtesy of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. It’s described as a “personality inventory that helps make the theory of psychological types described by C. G. Jung understandable and useful in people’s lives.” Apparently, “the essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in behaviour is actually quite orderly and consistent, being due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment.”

All sounds a ‘psychobabble’ and I’ll admit, I was sceptical until I indulged my boss and had a go with a pared down version of the tool. Turns out that the conclusions are pretty perceptive! I am apparently an INFJ (but only just) and should apparently fit the following description:

“Seek meaning and connection in ideas, relationships, and material possessions. Want to understand what motivates people and are insightful about others. Conscientious and committed to their firm values. Develop a clear vision about how best to serve the common good. Organised and decisive in implementing their vision.”

Now I am not sure just how insightful I am always, but individual motivators is one area that I have always been interested in. Anyone that has experienced my obsession with spreadsheets and whiteboards – essential for me to survive any given working day – will know my reliance on being organised too! As for ‘firm values’… well, I can be pretty stubborn, does that count?

So what is the point? Well as this article explains, tools such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator can be used to track how the typical personalities of  of a group (in this case vets) change over time. Perhaps it can allow employers to select individuals that will be better suited to particular roles? At the very least, it gets people questioning themselves and how they truly react to the world around them. Actually no, at the very least, it gives a bunch of women something to natter about in their pink offices.

Give it a go – maybe you’ll realise a facet of your personality that you hadn’t even known was there? Or maybe, like one of our team members, you’ll be completely torn as to which option to pick, mull it over for ages, get frustrated and give up. An INFJ she ain’t – nothing ‘organised and decisive’ about that!