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Entries in Myers-Briggs type indicator (2)

Thursday
Mar102011

Military Transition Career Assessment help from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

The goal of the MBTI is to identify four key areas of personality:

  1. World View – An Extrovert favors an outer world focus. Someone who is more interested in their internal reactions and interpretations of the events of their world is considered an Introvert.
  2. Information Processing - A preference for tangible, clear information is the mark of a Sensing individual. A person who leans toward supplying additional meaning to the information received via the senses is considered to be Intuitive.
  3. Decision Making – Do you give more weight to concrete information for the purpose of decision making? If so, that would assign you to the Thinking category. If on the other hand, you consider the information's consequences on others, or perceive unique circumstances, you are a Feeling personality.
  4. Structure, or how you deal with the outside world – A person who prefers to get decisions made is assigned to the Judging personality category, while a Perceiving personality type will allow a certain degree of flexibility and wait for events to unfold prior to reaching a decision.



Applying MBTI Results For Career Assessment

Your response to the results you obtain using the assessment will very likely give you fresh insight into situations that always seemed puzzling.

If you're surprised or upset that your personality does not conform with your self image, take it as an opportunity to learn. You may for the first time understand why some of your past experiences may perhaps have been stressful or unpleasant. Don't take this as an indication that you have done anything wrong. It simply means you finally get to spend some time thinking about how you act and feel, and see where your true strengths lie.

Apply this new knowledge to identifying careers that mesh well with your type, and you can avoid careers built precariously on your weaknesses, and concentrate on those that capitalize on what you're naturally good at.

You'll begin to understand, if you're an INTJ for example, how a career that includes a great deal of interpersonal interaction, requires rapid decisions, doesn't allow for considering others' feelings, and lacks a clearly quantifiable outcome may not be ideal for you, but would suit you fine if you were an ESFP.

We are all to some extent products of our environments. Our education and many of our early work experiences focus on eliminating weaknesses and shaping individuals who are well-rounded and "successful" according to the prevailing norms of our society. Not a bad program. But too often this grooming and shaping comes at a price for the same attention is not given to developing your natural abilities.

Career assessment tools like the MBTI can help you shift your focus away from minimizing weaknesses--many of which can never be totally eliminated anyway-- and concentrating instead on building strength.

Self knowledge and understanding of the sort provided by the Myers Briggs will help you in all areas of your life. The insights gained though the use of an instrument like the MBTI are just as valuable in relationships or parenting.

But when it comes to your career transition this information is often extraordinarily helpful: heading off detours down paths with no future and setting you on the road to personal success and fulfillment in an occupation powerfully aligned with your unique talents, preferences and personality.

Thursday
Mar032011

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

Millions of people have used the Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator to learn about their personal strengths and preferences. Those transitioning from highly structured environments such as those found in education or the military will find it especially helpful as they begin to explore careers in the dynamic, sometimes chaotic, private sector.

Test Background

The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) was developed during the 1940s and '50s by Isabel Briggs Myers and her mother Katherine Briggs. They were interested in making psychologist Carl Jung's personality theories easily understandable, accessible, and applicable to individuals or groups of people who were not necessarily interested in a thorough understanding of Jung's theories, but sought to benefit from using these theories to determine how best to apply their particular perceptions and strengths to their lives.

The first versions of the Myers Briggs instrument were administered in 1962. Almost fifty years of results and refinements have demonstrated the validity of the test. This validity is responsible for the test's being highly regarded as a reliable indicator of how personality and behavior can influence people and groups of people in a consistently predictable way. Further validity is evidenced by the fact of people taking the test more than once, sometimes after a substantial number of years elapsing, and coming out with very similar results.

Personality Traits Identified

The goal of the MBTI is to identify four key areas of personality:

  1. World View – An Extrovert favors an outer world focus. Someone who is more interested in their internal reactions and interpretations of the events of their world is considered an Introvert.
  2. Information Processing - A preference for tangible, clear information is the mark of a Sensing individual. A person who leans toward supplying additional meaning to the information received via the senses is considered to be Intuitive.
  3. Decision Making – Do you give more weight to concrete information for the purpose of decision making? If so, that would assign you to the Thinking category. If on the other hand, you consider the information's consequences on others, or perceive unique circumstances, you are a Feeling personality.
  4. Structure, or how you deal with the outside world – A person who prefers to get decisions made is assigned to the Judging personality category, while a Perceiving personality type will allow a certain degree of flexibility and wait for events to unfold prior to reaching a decision.

These four areas of perception are sub-divided into either/or classifications. In other words, Extrovert OR Introvert, Sensing OR Intuitive, Thinking OR Feeling, and Judging OR Perceiving.

The four types can be combined to form a possible sixteen primary variations that can be applied to making a decision regarding what careers are most suitable for any particular personality type.

For a couple examples of these combinations, let's consider one individual described as Introverted/Sensing/Thinking/Judging or INTJ by Myers Briggs , and one individual described as Extroverted/Sensing/Feeling/Perceiving, or ESFP.

These two types are essentially opposite personalities. If you were to expose these two types to an identical situation, it would be quite remarkable to see how differently they perceive the same event.

It is worth pointing out that none of these sixteen personality types is superior to another, but that certain types are better suited for certain occupations.

It's also important to view the MBTI as an indicator of preferences, and not an ironclad set of rules. Think of them more as guidelines. An introvert, for example, might not make an ideal public speaker, but given a subject about which they are passionate, they could be highly competent in that role.



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