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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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    The Gentle Art of Saying No

    The Gentle Art of Saying No

    No!

    It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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    But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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    What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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    But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

    1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
    2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
    3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
    4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
    5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
    6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
    7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
    8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
    9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
    10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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