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When I Took This Personality Test, I Didn’t Expect It To Be So Accurate

When I Took This Personality Test, I Didn’t Expect It To Be So Accurate

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    Have you ever heard of the Myers and Briggs personality test?  It is a psychology test that Carl Jung’s and Isabel Briggs Myers designed to approach personality, how people perceive the world, and make their decisions. It actually opens up your eyes about yourself because you start to realize that not everyone has the same thought process and decision making process that you do. It has become the gold standard of psychological assessments, used in businesses, government agencies and educational institutions. Along the way, it has spawned a multimillion-dollar business around its simple concept that everyone fits one of 16 personality types (Source). Many businesses use the personality test, especially those with training-intensive programs, to help employees better understand themselves, as well as recognizing their strengths and weaknesses. Here is a description of the four letters:

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    1. First Letter: It will be either Extroverted (E) or Introverted (I).
    2. Second Letter (How do you take in information?): It will be either Intuition (N) or (S) Sensing. People with the Sensing function have a tendency not to trust “hunches” or “intuition”… they trust concrete and present evidence more. People with the Intuition function tend to trust abstract and theoretical information more. They are more likely to collect information gathered in the past and put the puzzle pieces together while seeing the bigger picture of things.
    3. Third Letter (How do you make decisions?):  It will be either Thinking (T) or Feeling (F).
    4. Fourth Letter (How Do You Organize Your World?): It will be either Perceiving (P) or Judging (J).

    Jung identified two pairs of psychological functions:

    • The two perceiving functions, sensing and intuition
    • The two judging functions, thinking and feeling

    According to Jung’s typology model, each person uses one of these four functions more dominantly and proficiently than the other three; however, all four functions are used at different times depending on the circumstances (Source).

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    Take the test here.

    When you take the test, it will allow you to see what exactly your strengths and weaknesses are, possible career goals, how to better communicate with other people (especially in the workplace and personal relationships) and things like that. After you take the test, if you find yourself wholeheartedly agreeing to the entire description, you found your personality type. I actually had to take mine several times because the first two times, the personality type didn’t quite sound like me. Some of the questions take a little thought to answer so it’s okay to take your time while taking this test.

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    Keep in mind that this test has a lot of controversy behind it. Although a lot of businesses use it to improve training processes and workplace relations, many psychologists have difficulty putting their faith into the Myers and Briggs personality test. Pyschologists believe that it isn’t good to throw people into specific categories like introverted or extroverted because there are times where every single person can shift back and forth, some more than others. I still would recommend it because it allows you to reflect on yourself and help you better understand yourself. The career path recommendations for each type aren’t set in stone, so if your personality type recommends a career path that you aren’t doing or don’t want to do, that’s okay. Pick whatever career you desire while knowing what different aspects of your personality are.

    The results being so accurate (for me, at least) blew me away and I would definitely recommend it to people trying to figure out themselves. Knowing your personality type can help you better understand yourself, strengths, weaknesses, how to describe yourself to potential employers, what areas need improvement, and so much more.

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    Last Updated on January 21, 2020

    How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

    How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

    If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

    Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

    So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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    1. Listen

    Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

    2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

    Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

    “Why do you want to do that?”

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    “What makes you so excited about it?”

    “How long has that been your dream?”

    You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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    3. Encourage

    This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

    4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

    After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

    5. Dream

    This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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    6. Ask How You Can Help

    Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

    7. Follow Up

    Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

    Final Thoughts

    By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

    Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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