What Does Your Personality Say About YOU?!
December 5, 2016
By: Danielle Miller, Marketing Manager
As a communications major, I have always been extremely interested in human interaction. I have always been drawn to other’s stories, and to understanding why people do what they do. Perhaps that is also why I decided to take emphasis classes in journalism and minor in psychology. Simply put, people are interesting, and while not everyone needs to major in communications and journalism and minor in psychology, I do think it is important that we take the necessary steps to learn how we interact with others. In the process, we may just discover our passions.
Like many college students, I had no idea what I wanted to go into when I first started taking classes in the fall of 2011. I wasn’t quite sure what my strengths and weaknesses were yet, and I certainly didn’t know what I was passionate about. What I did know, however, was that I wanted to find out. So, like the millennial I am, I googled: “What am I good at?” Several personality tests popped up on Google, and I started down the list. While many of them were helpful, I found the Myers-Briggs personality test to be the most influential.
After taking the test, I learned that I am an “ENFJ Personality Type.” Meaning, I am an extrovert rather than an introvert, I rely on my intuition rather than my senses, I rely on my feelings rather than my thoughts, and I often judge rather than perceive. Because these letters and definitions won’t necessarily resonate with everyone, the Myers-Briggs also provides a detailed description of the “ENFJ Personality Type.” For example, the test describes the ENFJ’s strengths and weaknesses, how he or she interacts romantically, how he or she is as a friend, how he or she is/will be as a parent, what career paths he or she should consider, his or her workplace habits, etc. Needless to say, after taking the Myers-Briggs test, I learned a lot about myself.
Specifically, I learned that “When it comes to finding a career, people with the ENFJ personality type cast their eyes towards anything that lets them do what they love most – helping other people!” The test illustrated that I would make an excellent teacher, counselor, HR administrator, event coordinator, and/or a sales representative/advertising consultant. While I didn’t rely on this test entirely to determine my future career, (as I currently work as a marketing manager) the test did help me learn more about what I am passionate about and how to channel that passion in everyday life. Not only that, but I have learned how my personality influences others in the workplace, how my personality relates to my husband’s personality, how my friends perceive me, etc. I also understand that the “ENFJ Personality Type” does not define me, but it certainly has helped me in understanding more about myself.
If you’re interested in learning a little more about your personality type, your strengths and weaknesses, etc., I would recommend taking the test today! Even if you already know a lot about yourself, encourage your friends to take the test, or even your coworkers! Understanding one another is great too!