Who are you?
In a previous job, I had long conversations with HR people about the Myers Briggs personality inventory. I was resistant to it from the get go. It made me uncomfortable…..laying all my cards on the table seemed invasive. I didn’t like the idea of being boxed-in and cataloged. What about inner change and growth for the better? I noticed MBTI advocates saying things like “It’s my temperament to be this way.” Which could be translated into “please accept my annoying behaviors.” I also thought that the tests couldn’t be accurate if taken in the context of an employer-employee relationship. Wouldn’t the employee just pick answers that would appease the employer? And I began to wonder how did the types get inventoried? How many people did they test to develop the characteristics? Some of these HR people swore by the tests claiming it helped understand each other in the workplace. Years later, I borrowed the book, Please Understand Me II by David Keirsey, about the topic and read through it. This was kind of a big deal because even the title of the book annoyed me. Can’t we all just “understand” and accept each others preferences with plain old “get to know you” conversations?
I did however, identify with some of the inventory descriptions and could see other traits in my husband and son…For example, we are, all 3 introverts. I do not mean shy. Rather, we value quiet alone time to recharge. I have friends that are the opposite and crave constant interactions, filling their calendar with social events daily.
Recently, I took the inventory again at my community college to help determine a field of study. My results were the same, INFJ only now my “Feeling” score was quite a bit lower. The test didn’t really narrow down any career desires, rather it just confirmed what I already knew…And there is comfort in confirmation with decision making so I’m glad I took it again.
There are quite a few online tests that can be taken for free and don’t take much time. What do you think about these tests? Isn’t it worth the time to find out Who are you? Or do you already know?