Have you ever had the opportunity to take the Myers Briggs evaluation? I have taken it twice now and am still amazed that so much insight into who I am and how I approach problem solving can be determined just by answering a few questions.
There are four items that comprise your results. My personal Myers Brigg is INTJ. For each of those letters, there is an alternative. The categories are:
- Introvert or Extrovert
- INtuitive or Sensing
- Thinking or Feeling
- Judging or Perceiving
Therefore, my complete opposite would be ESFP.
The category that people seem most familiar with is the first one – Introvert or Extrovert – so I’ll start there and then work my way through the others in subsequent posts.
I don’t know about you, but I always had a picture in my head that an Introvert was a shy, wallflower that was intimidated by people. Alternatively, my “picture” of an Extrovert is gregarious, social, and loud.
Per the executive coaching I’ve had and various leadership programs – that isn’t how it works. You could be at a party and an Introvert and an Extrovert could behave exactly the same way. You would not necessarily be able to identify which was which by watching their behavior.
However, after the party is a different story.
The Introvert will head home and want alone time in order to recharge his internal battery.
The Extrovert will be asking everyone where the after party is going to be because he is so energized after spending the last few hours in a group of people.
And to be fair, if you watched VERY carefully, you may be able to pick them out. The Introvert will gravitate toward more one-on-one conversations and seek a deeper connection to the person with whom they are speaking.
The Extrovert will likely be found in a group of people regaling them with details of his life.
More information can be found at the Myers and Briggs Foundation. And in these posts:
I’d really appreciate some feedback to understand how widely understood is the Myers Briggs. Is this news to you? Or did you already know this?
Also, which are you? Extrovert or Introvert? How do you know?