How knowing your Personality Type can help you


How knowing your Personality Type can help you.

How knowing your Personality Type can help you. How well do you know yourself? How can knowing yourself better contribute to your success?

These are important questions that you should be asking yourself each and every day whenever you have to make decisions or whenever you are faced with challenges or tasks you need to complete.
Take for example Beatrice or ‘Tris in the movie Divergent. Once she got to know herself better and learned that she was a divergent, she was able to overcome the many challenges she encountered.

Outside of the movies and fantasy worlds, there are real life challenges that you have to face every day. Knowing yourself better just might help you conquer the ones that you “fear” the most.

In particular, knowing your personality type might help you appreciate how and why you are different from other people, you can find out your personality type

You might then be able to understand the way people react to you and, possibly, why which in turn will help you make better choices for yourself.


Personality Type. What is a “personality type”?

The most researched personality type assessment is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or MBTI, which was derived from Carl Jung’s book. Then the theory was put into practice by Isabel Briggs Myers and her mother, Katharine Briggs.
According to MBTI, there are 16 personality types which are made up of one of each of four dichotomies. These dichotomies are:

  • Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I)
  • Sensing (S) or Intuition (N)
  • Thinking (T) or Feeling (F)
  • Judging (J) or Perceiving (P)

Personality Type. Appreciate that you are different from other people.

Sometimes, when you sense that you’re different from your peers or the person next to you, you tend to think maybe there’s something wrong with you or how you think.

Once you identify and understand your personality type, you may be able to gain a better understanding of why you are different from other people.

Going back to the MBTI personality types; if your personality type is ESTJ, you are said to be: an active organizer, logical, assertive, fact minded, decisive, practical, results-oriented, analytical, systematic, concrete, critical, responsible, and a take-charge type of person. On the other hand, the opposite, INFP is described as deep-feel valuing, quietly caring, compassionate, pursues meaning, harmonious, creative, idealistic, empathic helper, inquisitive, enjoys ideas, is into language writing, independent and adaptable (

Knowing and understanding your personality type can help you appreciate yourself better as an individual and accept that it doesn’t mean there is something wrong with you.

You might be able to better appreciate that people really differ from one another and that it shouldn’t be a problem or a cause for distress on your part.

Personality Type. Understand the way people react to you and why.

Once you understand that it’s okay you’re different from other people, you will also understand why people react to you the way they do. Why your colleague gets angry when you contradict their ideas during meetings. Why that one family member gets hurt when you make certain comments. How you can adjust to their reactions and have a better relationship with them.

Understanding the people around you and getting a clue of their personality type from their actions and reactions can help you in all aspects of life, to be a better manager, colleague, family member, friend, etc.

Imagine that you are a training facilitator. You’re successful only if you’re able to help all of your participants gain the skills and knowledge the training was designed for. Knowing the personality types of your participants can help you achieve this training goal. If you have more extroverts in your class, you might have more participation if you do group activities, however the only way you’d know this is if you knew their personality types. Otherwise, your participants might not respond to your training style and you would have a harder time achieving your goal.

Personality Type. Make better choices for yourself.

Finally, once you understand yourself better, you’ll be able to make better career choices and decisions in your personal life.

You’ll have some clue of what career you have a higher chance of succeeding in based on statistics and other findings involving your personality type. You’ll be able to choose which activities you will most likely enjoy more based on the same things. You will also be able to figure out which people you will most likely get along with or whose personalities you are most compatible with.

A good example is in choosing a company to work for. When scouting for companies to apply to, you should look at their websites and check out photos, to see the type of activities they do as well as company culture and values.
When you have a good understanding of your personality type, you’ll be able to easily decide if you would fit in at a company that promotes teamwork or a company that encourages competition.
All in all, you’d be able to make the choice of where you would most likely succeed.
In reality, your success is right in front of you and knowing your personality type can help you reach out to grab it. When you close your eyes to go to sleep at the end of the day, remember there is always someone in front of you, behind you, to your left and to your right, but the most important person to get to know is you. That is how you will learn to grab success.

Dr.ssa Marie Miguel



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