You may not be aware of the research done on the 16 major personality types, but if you are interested in which you are (or maybe in understanding your kids, partner, friend, etc., more), I am sharing some places where you can take inventory of yourself and then read about the results. I have used personality inventory tools (the original Myers-Briggs MBTI and the Keirsey Temperament Sorter) several times, by different people, over the years and have always come out the same. What is said about my type I have found not only to be true, but also to be helpful as I have tried to figure out my place in various relationships, work situations, and more . . . (still working on figuring out my place in the world LOL)
Using the original MBTI sorter requires a payment, as the results are followed up and discussed with you by a certified practitioner. To read more, go here:
What sparked this post is that I just found this site, which has an online personality sorter:
You may also want to check out:
This is the second sorter I ever was given; to use the sorter, click on the four-coloured logo at the top right of the screen.
The concept of personality types and the initial classification, so far as I know, began with the work of Katherine Briggs and Isabelle Myers. These two personality inventory tools are based on that work.
One of the most helpful books I have ever used is called “StrengthsFinder; do you do what you do best every day?” (“First, Break All the Rules; what the world’s greatest managers do differently” by Marcus Buckingham was written first, then “StrengthsFinder.” I haven’t read the first book yet.)
Buckingham states that we waste a lot of time in our lives (in families, schools, universities, training institutions, workplaces, etc.) trying to get people to improve their weaknesses. He says that instead, we should capitalize on people’s strengths. At my last workplace, all the admins were given a copy of “StrengthsFinder”. Inside is a code one use only) that lets you log onto a website and take an evaluation of your strengths. At the end, you are given your top five strengths. If you want to see a list of all the strengths as they manifest in you from strongest to weakest, you pay an extra $600; or that’s what the cost was then; however, knowing your top five is generally enough to act on. I was not surprised by my top five; what surprised me (stunned me, actually!) was that they were considered to be strengths!! All my life I had known I had these qualities, but I’d had them pointed out to me as things to ‘work on’, ‘get rid of’, ‘get over’, and so on. I can’t begin to tell you how de-motivating that was . . . or how it affected my self-esteem . . .
It’s a bit late for me to use my strengths in a career/life choice way, but what I have learned has helped me to understand others with vastly different strengths and to be more patient with them as we interact. I now expect different things from myself and am thinking about how I might use what I now know to enhance the next stages of my life.
I’m sharing this because this sort of knowledge may be helpful to you, too, especially if you have always seen yourself (or been seen by others) as a misfit, inadequate, lacking in something or other, and so on. Or it might be helpful if you are relating to someone with very different strengths (child, partner, friend, workmate, etc.)
34 strengths are defined in the book; when you think about it, we can’t all have all 34 at the top of our list; something has to be at the bottom, doesn’t it? In the same way, other people will have the same strengths, but in a different order. How cool is that? But we need to understand what that means, and how to work with it in our daily lives.
You can buy the book, complete with access code, new or used, here: http://www.amazon.ca/Strengthsfinder-2-0-Author-Bestseller-Wellbeing/dp/159562015X
or you can buy an access code without the book here:
For me, integrating what I know about my personality type and my top five strengths is making a big difference. I expect to become more effective in my life as I apply what I am learning.
I hope this helps at least one other person to have a richer, more satisfying life.
Here is a list of all the strengths dealt with in the book: