Do you know your Meyers Briggs?
What about your Chinese Zodiac or other astrological signs?
I keep my Meyers Briggs result on a handy chart that describes all of the personality types. It has been surprisingly useful! Then, I did some fun Googling to see if my coworker and I are considered compatible by Chinese Zodiac standards. While this note on the combination of Rat and Horse was fun to read, it didn’t really apply to us, & it certainly wasn’t true.
Meyers Briggs, on the other hand, has been really useful. I am primarily an ENTJ, with my secondary trait being ISTJ. Terrifyingly enough, my top four scores fall in the corners of the sheet, which makes me feel like a serial killer. Here are my two descriptions:
“Life’s Natural Leaders”
Visionary-Gregarious-Argumentative-Systems Planners-Takes Charge-Low Tolerance for Incompetency
For the most part, I think this is true about 85% of the time. When I am stressed or feeling Autoimmune, I regress into a passive, unable-to-make-decisions kind of person who just needs to be organized and get to bed on time. When I feel my best, I am an ENTJ through and through. You can read more about ENTJs here.
“Doing What Should Be Done”
I display these characteristics the rest of the 15% of the time (and here’s alink to even more info about ISTJs). Perusing the rest of the chart, I can tell that my coworker is an INFP (“Performing noble service to aid society,” MOST IDEALISTIC). I can tell that JHubbs is an INFJ (“An Inspiration to Others,” MOST CONTEMPLATIVE). You can read more about compatibility here.
While I wouldn’t run my HR program based on these tags, I must admit it is helpful and comforting to see how accurately they describe some personality types. I might even be interested in a course like Penelope Trunk’s Meyers Briggs Seminar if I had the cash flow. Especially with honest quips like this:
Q: Why do I hate my INTJ co-worker?
A: Everyone hates INTJs but INTJs don’t care. They just want the work done.
As for how this affects my career, it gives me confidence that entrepreneurship or higher leadership positions might indeed be a good fit for me, but that I need to stay in touch with the part of my brain that loves checking off the to-do list and getting things done on the fulfillment side of things. An ENTJ without time to think or to be alone would be a bad combination!
Do you put much stock into Meyers Briggs? Or, for that matter, Chinese Zodiac?