Do you have a winning personality?Â Would you like one?Â The truth is, anyone can have a winning personality.Â You simply need to understand your personality type so you can learn to utilize your traits to benefit your success.Â The Myers-Briggs Personality Test is a great way to learn about your personality â€“ what makes you tick, what are your strengths and weaknesses.Â Never heard of this test?Â Well, here is a brief overview:
The Myers-Briggs Personality Test provides an indication of where your personality lies within four scales.Â Each of the four scales has two possibilities for your personality.Â Based on your answers to a test of 50-100 questions, you will be one of 16 profiles.Â Each profile consists of four letters taken from the area in each scale that you lean toward.
The four scales are: (1) Extraversion/Introversion, (2) Sensing/iNtuition, (3) Thinking/Feeling, and (4) Judgment/Perception:
E -Â Extraversion - focuses on the outer world of people and things, enjoy being in social situations, like to be the center of attention, and are revived by being around people.
I -Â Introversion - focuses on the inner world of ideas and impressions, prefer small group settings, need time alone to revive.
S- Sensing - focuses on the present and the concrete information gained from their senses.
N- iNtuition - focuses on the future, with a view toward patterns and possibilities.Â "N" types take what they see and play it out to what may happen in the future.Â Some "N' types are quite good at this and are called "psychics."Â
T -Â Thinking - base their decisions on logic and objective analysis of cause and effect.Â "T" type people are a "believe it when I see it" type person, and rely heavily on facts and figures.
F -Â Feeling - base their decisions primarily on values and on subjective evaluation of person-centered concerns.
J -Â Judgment - tend to like a planned and organized approach to life and prefer to have things settled. They are more scheduling with their activities and are uncomfortable with vague scheduling â€“ sometime, soon, next week. J types prefer "the destination" rather than "the journey".
P -Â Perception - tend to like a flexible and spontaneous approach to life. They are less scheduling with their activities and prefer to keep their options open. They are more probing with their activities and are suited to do things as it suits them rather than by schedule.Â They would rather not set definitive timetable and would rather work as they perceive it fit. "P" types prefer "the journey" rather than "the destination". Â
NowÂ you have a basic understanding of the test.Â As I stated before, knowing your personality profile can be fun and insightful and help you to develop a winning personality.Â For instance, I am ENFPÂ - Extraversion/iNtuition/Feeling/Perception.Â Here is a summary for my profile according to http://www.knowyourtype.com/enfp.html: Â
"Theme is inspiration, both of themselves and others. Talents lie in grasping profound significance, revealing truths, and motivating others. Very perspective of others' hidden motives and purposes. Interested in everything about individual and their stories as long as they are genuine. Contagious enthusiasm for 'causes' that further good and develop latent potential and the same zeal for discovering dishonesty and inauthenticity. Frequently moved to enthusiastically communicate their 'message.'"Â Â Â
Sounds pretty good, eh?Â Don't worry, the first summary points out all the good traits about your personality type, so it is not like if you go look up ISTJ (opposite of my type) it says that you are a really big dummy or anything like that - they all have flattering things that make you feel good about yourself.Â
Knowing your good traits is a good thing.Â It helps you know and understand how you like to work and how you interact with others.Â But it is not only your good traits that you need to know and understand.Â What I have perhaps gained the most from is understanding my personality type's downfalls.Â For example, here are some quotes on ENFP downfalls taken from http://www.personalitypage.com/ENFP.html: Â
"Because ENFP's live in the world of exciting possibilities, the details of everyday life are seen as trivial drudgery. They place no importance on detailed, maintenance-type tasks, and will frequently remain oblivious to these types of concerns. When they do have to perform these tasks, they do not enjoy themselves. This is a challenging area of life for most ENFP's, and can be frustrating for ENFP's family members.
"ENFP's sometimes make serious errors in judgment. They have an amazing ability to intuitively perceive the truth about a person or situation, but when they apply judgment to their perception, they may jump to the wrong conclusions."
Okay, wait a minuteÂ - this touches home and gives me a big "ah ha" moment.Â I can totally relate to these two less than desirable attributes to my personality.Â I HATE doing dishes, and it shows!Â I am also very bad about jumping to conclusionsÂ - relying heavily on my intuition that is frequently right.Â But then sometimes it is wrong.Â Err!Â Maybe it is equally right and equally wrong?Â I like to think it is frequently right, and it gets me into trouble! Knowing this about my personality has helped a lot.Â
Now for the fun partÂ - which famous people share the same personality type? Taken from http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/academic/psychology/alt.psychology.personality/profiles/enfp.html:Â
Franz Joseph Haydn, composer Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)
Will Rogers, humorist
Theodore "Dr." Seuss Geisel, children's author (The Cat in the Hat)
Mickey Rooney, actor
James Dobson, "Focus on the Family"
Andy Rooney, television news commentator
Carol Burnett, comedian
Paul Harvey, radio announcer
Elizabeth Montgomery, actor (Bewitched)
Bill Cosby, comedian, actor (Ghost Dad)
Dom Delouise, actor
Dave Thomas, owner of Wendy's hamburger chain
Lewis Grizzard, newspaper columnist
I. King Jordan, president of Gallaudet University
Martin Short, actor-comedian
Meg Ryan, actor (When Harry Met Sally)
Robin Williams, actor, comedian (Dead Poet's Society, Mrs. Doubtfire)
Sandra Bullock, actor (Speed, While You Were Sleeping)
Robert Downey (Heart and Souls)
Alicia Silverstone (Clueless)
Dr. Doug Ross (ER)
Balkie (Perfect Strangers)
Ariel (The Little Mermaid)
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Want to learn your type? Well it is best to take the official test with a therapist who is trained . . .Â yada yada yada, . . .Â or you can take it online for free and for fun at one of these sites:
If you choose to take the test, tell us what you came out as and what you learned about yourself.Â Most of the links I have given in this article will also have information about the 15 other personality types.Â Learning about your personality is the key to developing a winning personality.Â I challenge you to learn more about yourself today.Â If you take the test and want suggestions on how to make your personality type a winning one, feel free to ask in a comment below or via private message.Â
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