Leonidas here, welcome.
I’ll be clear and concise.
I believe in learning everything about oneself, in order to fully maximize one's potential.
Everyone is different, yet once in a while, someone you know will mention how similar you are to someone else they know.
That is no coincidence.
Patterns in People
As different as we are with our own knowledge and experiences, we have similar personality traits.
We all fall under a dynamic scale (think 0 to 100) of extroversion or introversion, intuitive or sensor, thinker of feeler, and judger or perceiver.
If you’ve heard of these terms before, then you’ve probably heard of the Myer’s Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), or better yet, you have taken the test yourself.
How Can A Test Say Anything About Me?
The MBTI theory itself was first introduced by Carl Jung, the founder of analytical psychology, and one of Sigmund Freud’s disciples.
The MBTI was then used in WW2 for the women entering the industrialized workforce to better find suitable roles according to their personality types.
In the current century, the MBTI is used by companies and businesses of all degrees to determine whether new job applicants and potential promotions are suited for the right people.
According to Wikipedia, “the underlying assumption of the MBTI is that we all have specific preferences in the way we construe our experiences, and these preferences underlie our interests, needs, values, and motivations” (MBTI).
Why You Behave the Way You Do
Upon taking the MBTI test, you will clearly learn why you are full of energy while around people or why large groups can be unnerving and tiring to you.
You will learn why you have an ability to foresee the outcome of an event based on things you’ve learned, or maybe you have an amazing ability for determining the vibe of an immediate situation simply by looking at people’s body language.
How about those who have the ability to evoke emotions in those around them? Yet, some of us can only interpret people and things logically.
And finally, why is it that you never make any plans? Everything always works out. Yet for some, they can’t stand having a day that isn’t planned.
Adapting Due To Knowledge and Experience
I first did the MBTI in university. And at that time, I was typed as an ENTJ (extrovert, intuitive, thinking, and judging).
I won’t go into too much detail, but I did the test again several times over the course of 4 years. And gradually, I shifted from ENTJ to ENTP (extrovert, intuitive, thinking, and perceiving). And today, I'm ESTP (extrovert, sensor, thinking, and perceiving).
Confusing as this may be, our personality types change. It changes when we acquire more knowledge, adapt to the personalities around us and gain experiences.
For example, my intuitive interpretation (N) of the world (using learned knowledge and theories to gauge a situation) shifted to a sensor-type (S) because of my obsession to learn body-language, and my infatuation with salsa dancing and music.
Also my judging (J), a planner-type shifted to a perceiver (P), a non-planner-type because I learned to live more in the moment and go with the flow.
Or maybe I was simply a situational ENTJ (Chief/CEO) because I ran a school organization for some time, yet my natural state is an ESTP (persuader/promoter).
Yet, I do know how my current state (ESTP) handles information, what motivates me, how I learn, how my relationships are/will be, and everything else in between.
And so can you.
Take the Test Now
Hopefully, after completing the test you have more questions, instead of a simple “Oh, that’s interesting.”
Instead, you go into Google, and type in “<your 4 letters> personality” and spend a couple hours reading your strengths and weaknesses.
Everything on how you can interpret the world is out on the internet, free for you to read, accept, understand and improve on.
Seriously, learning and becoming more aware of how you really interpret the world around you is incredibly important.
The MBTI is one of the top inner-game boosters to add to your arsenal for success and happiness in life.
So start now, it will only take 15 minutes.
Quote of the Day:
“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can't be any large-scale revolution until there's a personal revolution, on an individual level. It's got to happen inside first.”
― Jim Morrison