For years, I thought I knew my Myers-Briggs personality. I never formally took the MBTI test, but Facebook and Buzzfeed quizzes told me I’m an ENTJ. I read up on my personality and my compatibilities with other personality types. I became accustomed to understanding myself, at least through some lens, that I am the direct, efficient, competent, and natural leader in many settings. I used to squirm at this assertion, but just look at my resume. I always end up being the president, the chair, or point person for projects I’m involved in.
In undergrad, I discovered personality tests: True Colors, StrengthsQuest, DiSC, and the pinnacle one, MBTI. I became fascinated by what they told us about a person, how tests could categorize people into personality boxes, and how they could guide relationships. I accept all this with a dash of salt and pinch of cynicism. I will be the first to say personality tests are not definite, your personality can change, there are not only four or six or 36 personalities in the world, and maybe there are misdiagnoses—but they can also help us! It’s nice to know who thinks more with their heart than their head…so I can make them agree with me in any way I have to. Insert sly smile emoji.Read More