Today we are going to analyse personality types following Myers Briggs’s test, and see how they can affect your business or professional life. Hence, the test (which you can easily take online) categorises us within 16 personality types: introvert, extrovert, thinker, and so on.
Moreover, the algorithm of the test will tag you as being an extrovert or introvert, for example, based on how do you behave when surrounded by people. We find various indexes here:
- Are you a sensing person? Or are you an intuitive type, perhaps?
- Are you a thinker or a feeler? In terms of business, thinking versus feeling means how we approach decision-making processes.
- Judging or perceiving. As a perceiver, you adapt to life, and do not like making plans! Meanwhile, the judging person will plan every single detail of its daily life.
Do you want to know what the rest of personalities are, and how can these can make an impact on your professional life? Stay tuned and listen to our podcast here.
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So, hello and welcome to another edition of WATCHTIME. My name’s Elliot King.
And I’m Aleksandra King.
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Today we’re analysing personality types. We’re diving in deep, and we’re going to see what, who we are, what we made of and why it’s important to know. Right. Well, there is a test that you can take and you might’ve heard of it. It’s called Meyers Briggs and it categorizes us into 16 personality types, depending on whether you are an extrovert and introvert, a thinker, feeler and so on, and you can probably find it online and take the test yourself quite easily. So we won’t go into the details of that on this episode of the podcast. However, we will look at the types of personalities and the application of these personalities and why that potentially might be important to you in a business context, as far as your career is concerned. In a personal relationship, and so on.
Yeah, that’s right. And so the way that you get your results, as you take a series of questions and based on your answers to those questions, the algorithm that sits behind this test will place you on a scale across four different indexes that the first index is, to what extent are you an introvert versus extrovert? And the interesting thing about that first index, is not so much about whether you’re shy or outgoing. It’s more about where you get your energy from …
That’s right. I mean, are you energized when being around other people or are you one of those personalities that if you are around other people for too long, you kind of want to run away off to some time and feel drained? I think that’s a really important one because we don’t, it’s not really in the traditional sense of, you know, ‘Oh, you’re shy or not.’ It’s how do you derive your energy? What, what gives you, what, what sets that fire on inside of you? Is it being around other people or really, is it being away from other people?
Yeah. And obviously the idea of this test is that it’s a scale. So you’re not all one thing. And not the other thing, it’s a question of, of scale and the results of most of these tests will tell you how much of an introvert or an extrovert are you. And yeah, some people are very extremely extroverted and some people are marginally extroverted since plenty of ways. “so what are you?” Well, when I take the test in, in most cases, I’m, on the introverted scale. So we get my energy from being alone, but I’m marginally introverted. “I’m very extroverted.” Yeah. Why am I not surprised about that one?
But, you know, I actually took this test for the first time when I was about a 20, a young 20 something year old. And I started to work for a very big corporation, a consulting company, and they forced us all to take these tests. And it was actually amazing because, you know, they then showed us the application of it. At first, I thought, why are we doing such fun things and doing these lovely personality tests, but actually it was really to see where they could best position you in the business. Are you client facing or you best working alone? Do you work well in a team? Are you a leader? So these are all really relevant questions in an organization. And really it’s something that even if, you know, your company, doesn’t send you to do this test, just do yourself a favour and do it for yourself, know thyself, because if you don’t know yourself, how can you relate to other people? How can, you know other people, if you don’t know yourself.
Yeah, that’s right. once you know yourself and you can start to answer those questions that might have been nagging you, why do I get home with these types of people or in this type of situation? You know? And, and it actually might open yourself up to some of the strengths that you might not realize that you had and possibly even your weaknesses too.
I mean, this company, for example, they put me into a role of a business analyst. And the reason why I was put in this role is because I communicate quite well. And my job was to communicate with the people that didn’t communicate so well, but were extremely good at the detail that they were doing. So the really, really hardcore programmers who were actually quite reserved, you know, they didn’t particularly like too much of this interaction, but I had to learn to work around that. And for example, instead of just pouncing on them and saying, “can you do this for me? What’s the answer to that?” And I would send an email. I would warn them that I’m on my way. I’ll be introduced in five minutes. He said, all right, we can have a meeting. This is what they would hate it. If you just spontaneously said, Oh, what’s the thing about, you know, the answer to that. No, you have to warn them. What exactly do you want from them? And so on. So the tests will really help you. It is amazing though.
Yeah. It sounds like this. It sounds like you’re talking about different species, but the interesting thing is there, there, there are six 60 different personality types, and it’s not the case that the same personality types will necessarily match perfectly. So someone like you is quite extroverted can match quite well with an introverted person. If you approach them in the right way, which I think is what you’re talking about.
You have to learn a method, different people want you to approach them in different ways. You interact with different people in different ways. So, the more you learn about this, actually the better of a communicator, you really become, it’s quite scientific.
Yeah. So the second index after extroversion versus introversion is sensing or intuition. And this is about how you perceive information. So are you, if you’re a sensing person, you take the information very much. As fact, if you’re an intuitive person, you’ll look to pattern match, or most different aspects of, of different information in order to come to your conclusion.
So intuition is attention to meaning, to the possibilities that can be to all these wonderful, great ideas. Whereas sensing is more paying attention to the world around us through actual experience. So, which would you say you are?
Well, then the tests like come out as, as an Intuit intuitive person in an intuition person, which again, it’s not necessarily what I would have thought of myself before taking the test. It’s definitely very different ways.
It’s very different. So for example, for an intuitive person, it’s more about what is the actual truth. The absolute fact that’s presented, you know, if you’re, if you’re analysing a problem and for the sensing person will be well, let’s look to the world and look around us and see the, you know, sense of feelings about it. Not so much fact and absolute truth, but more of an objective outlook. So it’s quite tricky in a way.
It’s tricky. But if you answer the questions on these tests, it will sort of give you the answers and it will, to some extent explain you know, why those, what, you know, why you are that personality type. And then the third index is this thinking or feeling, and what’s that all about, “well, do you consider yourself more of a thinker or a feeler?” Well, “it’s a good question” I typically will not. I will typically end up being a thinker with a T when I run this test. Most of the time when in fact all of the time, I’m a pretty strong thinker.
This is not really about who we would like to be. It’s who we are. So hopefully when you do this test, you answer it honestly, not your ideal person. “Ohh I wish I” was just be honest with yourself. I thought I was a massive feeler and I’m actually a thinker. So, it’s surprising. were you surprised with your test?
No, because I’ve always considered myself a bit of a thinker, but I also wanted it quite honestly. But what does it actually mean?
Well, as a thinker, you will look at the logical decisions in a logical way. You’ll look at the pros and look at the cons, even for something as simple as buying a car, you’ll perhaps do it in the more of an analytical way. You’ll rise on all the pros of one car or the cons of it. And you’ll compare it against, you know, 15 other cars. Whereas if you’re a feeler, it’s your personal opinion that really comes into play versus the pros and cons.
And feel is when you use instinct and gut to make decisions more, more than more than thinkers will tend to base their decisions on all the logical conclusions. They draw from the facts in front of them. So thinking versus feeling is very much about how we approach to decision making, certainly in the context of looking at this in terms of business, “that’s it”. And then the fourth index is this concept of judging or perceiving so are you a judger or a perceiver
Judges are list makers of which I am definitely a list maker, very orderly. They like to have control over their lives, whereas perceivers are more flexible and spontaneous and all those lovely things.
Yeah. And so it’s very much how, you interact with your outside world apparently. And so as a perceiver, you will do.. what sort of traits would you find from a perceiver?
In a perceiver? You adapt to life, don’t you, you don’t really like plans. You like, just to, you know, you let’s go here on holiday today. We’re going to mauritius, you know, whereas the judging person will say, no, we’ll go to mauritius next year. We’ll have a financial plan. We’re going to say these five hotels, and then we’re going to eat this and that. And you know, it’s a totally different way of approaching anything.
So the next one and this one, what are you? “I’m definitely a judger” You are. I’m complete, I’m completely opposite. I’m a strong receiver, which is sort of interesting to see from the outside in, I would say that I would have thought that you would be more of a perceiver. And I would be more of a judger, but it’s actually the other way around, quite strongly. “So what personality type are you then” typically? I’m an INTP
And INTP, right? You’re a thinker. Surprise, surprise
Could be do well in a, in a professor position as a technical writer, chemist physician. Cause you’re a critical thinker, an analyst, a discover of connections.
I think that’s fairly accurate “intelligence over all these stuff”
I don’t know any famous INTPs do you know any a conflict? Okay.
And what about you then? What, what personalized?
So I’m an ENTJ a commander executives, managers, entrepreneurs, judges, lawyers. I did want to be a lawyer ACTUALLY.
So yeah, so also a thinker and an analyst, but extroverted. And you know, the funny thing is about all of this is that I know my personal support. I’ve done it years ago and I’m still the same. I made him do it and now we know, and then we looked at the relationship side and apparently our personality types are completely and utterly compatible.
We’re a Perfect match “isn’t that amazing?”. Yeah. It’s great. So if you’re a husband and wife viewer out there, why don’t you check this out and see how compatible you are or not with your, or maybe not, it could be a bit controversial, like kind of “just analyse and see”, yeah, but in the workplace then, so quite an increasing number of organizations are using this personality test to evaluate their teams and then potentially look at some of the information to help inform their decisions when creating teams and project teams going forward, how relevant and valid of an approach do you think this actually is for organizations
It’s extremely valid. So as I say, when I went into this test I didn’t quite, before we actually even sat down to do the test, the lady who was in charge of it was just observing us in our different groups before, before anything actually even started and was already looking at the personality types, the extroverted ones chatting really loudly over one another, the more introverted, quieter, strategic thinkers, looking at the detail on, on a, on a notice board or just having a quiet discreet conversation just to have them in a group and so on. So you can already very quickly start to tell which personalities are, which actually very… You know, once you have this information, it is so much easier to understand people, to understand how to approach them. And as a business leader, to understand where best to place your employees should somewhat as much as you like them, should they really come to the meeting with you? Really?
I think, that’s a really good point. It’s a great methodology to, to apply to the way that you look at personality types and to help you make decisions as a thinker, as an INTP. I would say that obviously, any modelling process like this, it’s just a model. It’s not the real world in the real world where rule individuals with our own unique characteristics. But there’s no doubt that by applying this model, you can, you can draw some useful insights, potentially.
Well there’s 90%, at least 90% accurate. It’s been around for a very long time. It’s very famous and it’s pretty well respected.
Absolutely, and I suppose final point that I would like to get your thoughts on. So obviously when it comes to getting on with people and forming relationships with people, you were talking earlier on about your ability to work well with programmers, even though we’re very different personality types to yourself. So what would, what would be your tips in that regard, how should we, as individuals, whatever our personality type get on with others, particularly, you know, in the workplace?
Well, listen, you’re not really going to be able to hand someone a little sheet or point them to a website. You can say, listen, we have to work together. I need to know your personality type. So please sit down, you have an hour, see you later, Tommy, you know, you’re not always going to get that, but if you do your own one, and then you read up more about it, rarely learn about the different types. Then when you next speak to a different personality type, try and really listen and pick up signals of where they might be coming from and then try and apply this methodology to it, to see, well, how best could I approach this person? For example, is it the sort of person that can handle direct feedback? Or is it someone that, you know, you should tread more carefully because they are really a feeler. And if you go in there, you know, you might just break them.
So, it really is about self-awareness,
Self-awareness, and the ability to take the information that you have and apply it to real life. So really it wouldn’t harm you at all. In fact, you’ll be do yourself a huge favour to inform yourself about different personalities and how best to apply these strategies that you can learn. “Yeah.” It’s fantastic stuff.
So just to clarify, because I’ve seen you being pretty blunt and direct with me, but other people in the past, are you saying that you are successful in applying different approaches to different personality types?
So, I think I, you know, if I find someone I I’m, you know, I do analyse well. And if I see that someone is a little bit more thick skinned, if I pick that up and normally I’m correct, then I’ll exert a bit more pressure. And if I feel that they’re a bit more sensitive, I’ll reign it back and I’ll just mind the, you know, I’ll help them in a little bit. I think it’s really important to tune yourself into others. And if you can do that, that will make you a superb communicator in every aspect of your life, politics, business, family relationship, whatever. 100%
Yeah. I think, look, that’s a good point. So what type of personality type you are having an understanding about yourself?
Yes. And also look, I mean, American elections going on now, you can Google personality types of the candidates. I mean, what did we Google? What was. Boris Johnson ENTP for those living in the UK, a visionary, he imagined that intelligent, but let’s look at president Trump an E S T P, “what’s that type?” which is a personality type. That’s a doer, hands-on no rules, no obstacles, no warring focus and quick decisions, which can sometimes lead them into problems and trouble. It sounds pretty accurate versus Joe Biden, ESFJ, who is a, how can I say, a classic extrovert, craves others company of others wants to be in the spotlight and is actually quite a helpful person. And someone who brings people together builds relationships has a natural warms.
Hmm. So very different, different personality types with their pros and cons. Yeah.
Yeah. I don’t, really want to get too deep into things. Look, they both have their advantages and disadvantages, but you know, if you have the sort of information and we’ll also give insight into their personalities.
Well, I think the, a lot of the political parties actually do certainly do run person and say tests on the candidates and then look for the affinity of the general population towards those different personality types. And it’s pretty obvious that they would be asking their candidates to engineer their personalities, to fit with what the voting public and data is telling them.
Well look. I mean, if you are going to, for any position, if you want to energize the public, you, you want someone who gets energy from the public. You know, you want that person to, you know, engulf themselves in this energy and then bring it back and motivate people. So you wouldn’t really look to the introverts of the world for that role similarity in sales.
So it’s fair to say that most successful and, you know, famous politicians and celebrities would be more likely to be extroverted and introverted.
Not always because for example, when you have someone like Oprah Winfrey, she’s more of a, She’s very famous. She’s extremely successful. She’s on TV, but she’s a counsellor type. So in her role, although it’s a very public facing role, she will sit and listen to the concerns of others and really, you know, communicate incredibly well in an extroverted way. But she’s not, she’s more of an introvert. However, the other elements of her personality support the role that she does. Interesting. So it’s actually much more complicated. So you’ve got to, you’ve got to spend time and get into it and look it up online and do your own research. And you will be fascinated. It’s so much to learn on this topic so much
The topic of conflict. So top tip, let us know in the comments and feedback, what personality type are you? Okay, there you go.
Let us know if you, you know, look into it and let us know what you think. Do you find it helpful? Do you think it’s a load of nonsense? I mean, your comments are always welcome.
Yeah. So thanks very much for watching, it’s bye bye for me.
And have a lovely day.
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