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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 18, 2019

    7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

    7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

    Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

    But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

    If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

    1. Limit the time you spend with them.

    First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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    In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

    Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

    2. Speak up for yourself.

    Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

    3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

    This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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    But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

    4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

    Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

    This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

    Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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    5. Change the subject.

    When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

    Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

    6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

    Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

    I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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    You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

    Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

    7. Leave them behind.

    Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

    If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

    That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

    You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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