Personality testing and it's benefits


A couple of weeks ago I talked about Introverts and Extroverts and I had such a response (and a few questions) about personality testing and types that I thought I would write a bit more about it.

While there are a few free personality assessment websites out there (and a few you can pay for), it really is most efficient to have a professional administer the assessment which consists of 93 questions. There are no wrong or right answers and you determine your answers based on self assessment.

There are 16 different personality types based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) that you can fall into. I won’t place all of them here; but feel free to explore them online. I will describe just the dichotomies for you. I would like to make a note here that if you do decide to take the test, please answer the questions honestly, even if you don’t like your answer. Also, when researching the different types, if you choose to do so, know that you can not self-diagnose your type. It is easy to look at them and think, “that must be my type because it sounds like me”. But in reality, you may fall into a very different category that you think!

Attitudes: (E or I) Extrovert or Introvert

Extroverts tend to be more action-oriented while Introverts are more thought-oriented. This does not mean that someone who is an introvert cannot exude extrovert properties, and vice versa. It means that the majority of the time, one will tend to be more introverted or extroverted.

Information: (S or N) Sensing or Intuition

Just as with all of the functions of the MBTI, although we may use both of these, we tend to fall more into one category over another more often. Those who fall into the sensing category tend to like concrete, trustworthy information while those who fall into the intuitive category prefer to interpret what they hear, read, see, etc.

Decisions: (T or F) Thinking or Feeling

This is how we move forward in making a decision based on the information we received. Thinking individuals will lean toward using logical, consistent and a reasonable set of rules. Feelers tend to empathize with the situation they are in and tend to take all others involved into consideration before making a final decision.

Structure: (J or P) Judging or Perceiving

Those who fall into the judging category prefer things to be structured. They are more likely to adhere to a calendar and may not like it when things are out of order or do not go as planned. Perceivers, on the other hand, tend to be more flexible and may have a difficult time sticking to regimented lifestyle.

Please note that while this appears to be simple, it very much is not! We can fall into one category in some situations and another category during other situations. However, we tend to have one personality type that fits us the majority of the time.

What are the benefits of discovering your personality type?

 Vocational/Career direction

This is what promotes most personality assessments. During two of my graduate internships, I worked in both the private and public sector of rehab counseling. I worked with those who were either born with a disability or had acquired a disability at some point in their life. Part of my job consisted of conducting personality assessments on these individuals to find out what career suited their personality best. It amazed me the number of construction workers I counseled who discovered they would make great teachers or CPA’s!

Assist in relationships

I found that it was valuable to administer to my (at that time fiancé) husband the MBTI during graduate school for an assignment. Knowing what his personality type was helped us find ways to compromise. We are on completely different ends of the spectrum. So finding balance early on has been wonderful!

Counseling approach

As a counselor, personality testing helps me determine what path is going to work best for my clients, if I’m unsure at the initial session. There are many amazing forms of therapy out there and a strict Freudian, behavioral therapy or cognitive approach, for example, may not work for everyone.

Personal identification

Perhaps the most important of all for my purposes here is to tell you that by understanding your personality type, you can start to make changes in the way you approach all you are learning from the coaches here at My1FitLife. By understanding that you are not the same as anyone else on this page, you can change the way you meal prep or get your workouts in. You can discover where your strengths are and how you can apply those strengths to help you reach those goals.

Know that there is not one type that is “better” than another. They are all equal! Understanding that we each have a different personality type can also help us start to understand why others are the way they are. Or maybe that is just the “F” in me talking.

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