I am a firm believer in understanding who you are and how you react to certain situations, whether it be a personal or professional setting. We won’t like everyone that we encounter and vice versa. But that means it’s important for us to understand how to deal and work with other personality types.
In college, we were required to take two types of personality tests: Myers-Briggs and DISC profile. Both tests helped us understand how we react to certain situations, as well as why we react that way.
The Myers-Briggs test categorizes people into 16 categories. This is based on the the placement of each individual in 4 sets of opposing personality traits: Extroversion vs. Introversion, Sensing vs. Intuition, Thinking vs. Feeling, and Judging vs. Perceiving. In general, it is harder to determine what personality type someone is unless you know them pretty well and are familiar with the charasterics of each personality trait.
Since the beginning of freshman year in college, I have consistently produced the same results: ENFJ – Extroverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Judging. Based on the definition provided by the Myers & Briggs Foundation, this means I am:
The DISC Profile, on the other hand, places people into 4 categories: Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, and Concientiousness. It is a lot easier to determine which DISC personality type a person is when you first meet them, and it is often encouraged that sales employees are familiar with these traits.
I have also been consistent with my DISC personality type. I am considered an I, which means that I am motivated by social persuasion and influence. Unfortunately, there are no free DISC profile tests available, but I would encourage any company to invest in this test to help their employees work more efficiently.
Please take the Myers-Briggs test and share your results. I’d love to hear more about my readers!