Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. – Steve Jobs
For the 3 remaining humans in the world who don’t know what Myres-Briggs is, allow me to remind you of those stupid quizzes you took in elementary school to decide if you were an Otter, a Golden Retriever, or a Bear. The point was to help you better understand your personality, and hopefully help you see your classmates in a more empathetic light upon learning how you approach things differently. The problem(s) with telling a sixth greater that she is an otter are extensive.
- WTF is that supposed to mean? I’m a furry semi-aquatic rodent? I live in bodies of water and really enjoy a good urchin? I enjoy non-consensual sexual actives (look it up, otters are shady)?
- Don’t bears and golden retrievers eat otters? Am I inferior some how?
- But bears are my favorite animals! I’m going to tell everyone I’m a bear anyway.
- This seems extremely general and diminutive, are there really only 3 types of mammalian-humanoid personality types in this world?
- What do I do with this useless information? Hello, I’m Piper, I’m an otter?
Myers-Briggs utilizes 16 personality types with helpful letters that stand for dominant character traits. Due to its explosive popularity, it’s pretty difficult to find a real Myers-Briggs test online for free anymore, but here’s a pretty similar one: *click me*. Instead of 10 questions, they have 93 (this one has 64). And most significantly, they suggest careers that might be well-suited for your unique personality, how individuals with your personality traditionally achieve happiness and satisfaction, common shortcomings, strengths and weaknesses in communication, positives and negatives in romantic partnerships, among other helpful tidbits.
The letters stand for:
First Letter: I – Introvert OR E – Extrovert
Second Letter: S – Sensing OR N – Intuition
Third Letter: T – Thinking OR F – Feeling
Fourth Letter: J – Judging OR P – Perceiving
A problem can be what I faced when I took this test in high school. At the time I scored as an INFJ for a few reasons. 1) What I thought about myself did not align with what was true about myself. 2) Someone had suggested that I might be an INFJ, so I went in with preconceived notions. 3) Once discovering that INFJ was the rarest personality type, I assumed that being one would make me unique and superior. Of course.
Self awareness, growth, and retesting has set me up with the far better-suited ENTJ, and let me tell you, reading these descriptions feels like I’m looking into my own diary. It calls out all of the things that were often thought of character flaws (“Nobody likes a bossy girl,” – my mother) and helps you channel them into constructive outlets. I may be bossy, but I make things happen.
Let’s quote some of the things said about ENTJ’s that in the past have made me idly consider whether or not I might be a sociopath:
Especially in a professional environment, ENTJs will simply crush the sensitivities of those they view as inefficient, incompetent or lazy.
“It’s my way or the highway” – People with the ENTJ personality type are notoriously unsupportive of any idea that distracts from their primary goals, and even more so of ideas based on emotional considerations. ENTJs won’t hesitate a second to make that fact clear to those around them.
Their obsession with efficiency and unwavering belief in the merits of rationalism, especially professionally, makes ENTJs incredibly insensitive in pursuing their goals, dismissing personal circumstances, sensitivities, and preferences as irrational and irrelevant.
ENTJ personalities keep their eyes on the long term, and if they determine that a relationship is heading towards a dead end, they will cut their losses and move on in what will seem to their partner an abrupt end.
I’m effective but ruthless. Insensitive but insanely efficient. I enjoy growth, self-improvement, and know how to make things happen. I’ll get it done. So instead I choose to see it for all of its wonderful potential:
ENTJs are natural-born leaders. People with this personality type embody the gifts of charisma and confidence, and project authority in a way that draws crowds together behind a common goal.
If there’s anything ENTJs love, it’s a good challenge, big or small, and they firmly believe that given enough time and resources, they can achieve any goal. This quality makes people with the ENTJ personality type brilliant entrepreneurs, and their ability to think strategically and hold a long-term focus while executing each step of their plans with determination and precision makes them powerful business leaders. This determination is often a self-fulfilling prophecy.
ENTJs exemplify the difference between moment-to-moment crisis management and navigating the challenges and steps of a bigger plan, and are known for examining every angle of a problem and not just resolving momentary issues, but moving the whole project forward with their solutions.
Anyone who can match ENTJs’ ability to brainstorm and theorize will find an honest and dedicated friend.
So it makes sense that I would be a difficult employee but an incredible boss. Fortunately, also being creatively-driven, I will spare the world my dictatorship and be my own boss with my self-employed content creation.
Knowing yourself is the first step to not only figuring out why you’re unhappy, but also an imperative in discovering how to relate to others in a kind and productive way. I definitely encourage everyone to get on the Myers-Briggs train, take the test, and become self-aware for yourself and those around you. Good luck kids, now time to make some startup dreams come true!