Hi everyone! Hope you're all having a great weekend. It was a light posting week for us here - work has been super busy for me, but I have to say, it's also been pretty exciting. I'm starting to feel recharged and excited about what I'm doing, which is a really great feeling.
For all of us, regardless of our chosen occupations - be it full-time professional, working mom, stay-at-home mom, part-timer, or student (haha, some of us are quite gifted at making an entire career of this ^_-) it matters that what you're doing resonates with you and aligns itself to 1) your goals and values, and 2) your temperament, talents, and other more intrinsic attributes. While neither of these things are particularly fixed or static, it helps to be able to get a snapshot of what they are to help us better assess what may or may not be working for us in finding satisfaction and meaning in our jobs.
There are a lot of tools out there that can help you do this, and I'll be mentioning at least a couple of them in this series. The first - and one of the best known - is the Myers-Brigg Type Indicator (MBTI). Based on the work of Carl Jung, it seeks to measure and identify the psychological preferences of individuals that influence how they see the world and make decisions. The MBTI sorts these preferences into four dichotomous pairs (Extraversion or Introversion, Sensing or Intuition, Thinking or Feeling, and Judgment or Perception), resulting in a total of 16 possible types. These types aren't totally fixed, and in some people, can change over the years.
If you don't know your type yet, you can take a free online version of the test here. For more information about the different types and how they see/interact with the world, there's a pretty good website on it here. Also, if you want to read more in-depth on the Myers-Brigg types and how they interact with each other, I recommend David Kiersey's Please Understand Me II: Temperament, Character, Intelligence. It's fascinating stuff (if you find this sort of thing fascinating. Clearly, I do).
So my type? I'm an ENFP - extraversion, intuition, feeling, and perception. I love being around and with people. I'm pretty darn idealistic - and I'm usually pretty vocal about it. I'm fairly open-minded, and find interest in a variety of issues, ideas, and content areas. I'm also more messy than neat, more likely to be diplomatic or spare someone's feelings, than be blunt and (harshly) truthful, easily distracted (because everything is interesting!), impulsive, and goofy. I hate routine, repetitive tasks (housekeeping is anathema!) and love big ideas (hence my fangirl tendencies about TED).