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Your Myers Briggs Personality Type

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You went to a career counselor or other career development professional because you needed someone to help you figure out what to do with your life. He or she did a self assessment which included administering the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) in order to learn what your personality type is. The results say you're an ENTJ and you don't know quite what that means and how it can help you decide what career is right for you. Help is here.

Career development professionals believe that when you know your personality type, you an use that information to assist you with career-related decisions. That's why he or she used the MBTI with you. This instrument is based on Carl Jung's personality theory that says every individual's personality type is made up of four pairs of opposite preferences. These are the ways in which a person chooses to do certain things. The stronger preference of each pair becomes part of your personality type code, in your case ENTJ. Let's take a look at those pairs:

  • Introversion [I] or Extroversion [E] (how you energize)
  • Sensing [S] or Intuition [N] (how you perceive information)
  • Thinking [T] or Feeling [F] (how you make decisions)
  • Judging [J] or Perceiving [P] (how you live your life)

Your code of ENTJ indicates that your strongest preferences are Extroversion (sometimes spelled extraversion), Intuition, Thinking and Judging. Now let's take a look at each preference. Before we do, it is important to remember a few things. First of all, although you have a preference to do things a certain way, if a situation calls for you to use the opposite preference, you usually can. Second, each preference affects the other three in your type. Finally, your preferences are dynamic. This means they can change over time.

E, N, T and J: What Each Letter of Your Personality Type Code Means

  • E: The first letter of your type indicates that you prefer extroversion. You are energized by other people and things outside of yourself. Therefore, you would be most successful working with others rather than alone.
  • N: While others use only their five senses to take in information, you also rely on a sixth sense that gives you the ability to look beyond what is physically in front of you in order to imagine possibilities. Like anyone whose preference is intuition, you are inclined to take advantage of new opportunities.
  • T: Your preference for thinking means that you make decisions by analyzing your options carefully. You aren't guided by emotion but, instead, by logic. You consider different options and their consequences.
  • J: The "J" in your type indicates that your preference for how you live your life is judging. This is not to be confused with being judgmental. It means that you like structure and order. You would rather be in charge and often take on leadership roles.

Using Your Code to Help You Make Career-Related Decisions

When making career-related decisions, such as choosing a career or evaluating whether to take a particular job, you should pay attention to what your personality type code tells you about yourself. When you make a career choice, pay attention to the middle two letters, "N" and "T", in your case. While the first and last letters play a role as well, the middle two are most relevant. As someone who prefers intuition, choose an occupation that allows you to embrace future opportunities. A career that involves using thoughtful decision-making would also be suitable for you. Some options are economist, biochemist or biophysicist, attorney and regional planner.

When evaluating a work environment in order to decide if a job is right for you, consider you preferences for extroversion and judging. Working with other people is important to you, so make sure you will be doing that. Given your preference for structure and order, look for a job in which you have a lot of control over both the day-to-day activities and results.

Sources:
The Myers-Briggs Foundation Web Site.
Baron, Renee. What Type Am I?. NY: Penguin Books
Page, Earle C. Looking at Type: A Description of the Preferences Reported by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Center for Applications of Psychological Type

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