Welcome to week 1 of this 5-week series all about being an introvert and how you can use this to your advantage. I’m talking both in your personal life and work life, whichever you want to apply it to.
Before we move into more detailed stuff, the first step to realising your potential is to figure out whether you’re an introvert or not.
I’m focusing on the introverts out there now though as certain tasks are more difficult for us. It can be difficult to feel confident in our own body, and talking to people for the first time (this is me sometimes, too).
Once we’ve gone through this, it is worth remembering that it’s okay if you aren’t an introvert! We are all VERY different and that’s the beauty of us as humans. You will still be able to apply everything I’ll be covering if you’re an extrovert.
So, the first step is to find out where you fall, personality-wise.
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16 Personalities use the popular Myers-Briggs model which categorises the general population into 16 groups. When I did mine, it was scarily accurate and I came out with INFJ. Each initial stands for a certain trait and your overall score is given a name. In my case, I am ‘the advocate’.
Answer all of the questions honestly and don’t spend too much time thinking about them. It doesn’t matter what your answer is as there are no right and wrong answer. Once you’ve completed everything, you’ll be presented with your result, as well as a huge amount of detailed information on your personality.
Your results will contain letters which mean a certain trait:
– Introversion (I) or Extraversion (E) – Mind
– Intuition (N) or Sensing (S) – Energy
– Thinking (T) or Feeling (F) – Nature
– Judging (J) or Perceiving (P) – Tactics
– Assertive (-A) or Turbulent (-T) – Identity
Their website breaks each trait down into ‘roles’.
As you can see, each letter corresponds to a part of your personality, and is split up further into two layers, the first (inner) layer ‘Roles’, and the second (outer) layer ‘Strategies’. Please note, all of the information discussed is directly from 16 personalities website (because it is pure gold and really useful).
The Role layer determines our goals, interests and preferred activities. There are four roles:
Analysts (Intuitive and Thinking [ _NT_ ] types, both Assertive and Turbulent variants)
These personality types embrace rationality and impartiality, excelling in intellectual debates and scientific or technological fields. They are fiercely independent, open-minded, strong-willed and imaginative, approaching many things from a utilitarian perspective and being far more interested in what works than what satisfies everybody. These traits make Analysts excellent strategic thinkers, but also cause difficulties when it comes to social or romantic pursuits.
Diplomats (Intuitive and Feeling [ _NF_ ] types, both Assertive and Turbulent variants)
Diplomats focus on empathy and cooperation, shining in diplomacy and counselling. People belonging to this type group are cooperative and imaginative, often playing the role of harmonizers in their workplace or social circles. These traits make Diplomats warm, empathic and influential individuals, but also cause issues when there is a need to rely exclusively on cold rationality or make difficult decisions.
Sentinels (Observant and Judging [ _S_J ] types, both Assertive and Turbulent variants)
Sentinels are cooperative and highly practical, embracing and creating order, security and stability wherever they go. People belonging to one of these types tend to be hard working, meticulous and traditional, and excel in logistical or administrative fields, especially those that rely on clear hierarchies and rules. These personality types stick to their plans and do not shy away from difficult tasks – however, they can also be very inflexible and reluctant to accept different points of view.
Explorers (Observant and Prospecting [ _S_P ] types, both Assertive and Turbulent variants)
These types are the most spontaneous of all and they also share the ability to connect with their surroundings in a way that is beyond the reach of other types. Explorers are utilitarian and practical, shining in situations that require quick reaction and ability to think on your feet. They are masters of tools and techniques, using them in many different ways – ranging from mastering physical tools to convincing other people. Unsurprisingly, these personality types are irreplaceable in crises, crafts and sales – however, their traits can also push them towards undertaking risky endeavours or focusing solely on sensual pleasures.
Strategy – our preferred way of working, and again highly accurate (in my case my strategy is ‘confident individualism and it couldn’t be more spot-on!).
Confident Individualism (Introverted and Assertive [ I___-A ] types)
Confident Individualists prefer doing things alone, choosing to rely on their own skills and instincts as opposed to seeking contact with other people. They know what they are good at and have high self-confidence.
These personality types firmly believe that personal responsibility and trust in yourself are very important values. Confident Individualists do not pay much attention to other people’s opinions and prefer to rely on themselves.
People Mastery (Extraverted and Assertive [ E___-A ] types)
People Masters seek social contact and tend to have very good communication skills, feeling at ease in social events or in situations where they need to rely on or direct other people. These types are confident in their abilities and do not hesitate to express their opinions.
Playing an active role in the society and knowing what makes other people tick mean a lot for People Masters; however, they are not too concerned about what other people think about them.
Constant Improvement (Introverted and Turbulent [ I___-T ] types)
Constant Improvers are quiet, individualistic people. They tend to be perfectionistic and success-driven, often spending a lot of time and effort making sure that the result of their work is the best it can be. As their name says, Constant Improvers are high achieving individuals dedicated to their craft – however, they also tend to worry too much about their performance.
Social Engagement (Extraverted and Turbulent [ E___-T ] types)
The last strategy is adopted by sociable, energetic and success-driven types. Social Engagers tend to be restless, perfectionistic individuals, prone to experiencing both very positive and very negative emotions. Their curiosity and willingness to work hard also mean that they are usually high-achieving, even if quite sensitive people.
Types favouring this strategy also tend to place a lot of importance on other people’s opinions; they value their social status and are eager to succeed in everything they do.
So now that you know what each of the letters means, 16 Personalities also goes into lots of depth about what your particular personality means.
Your homework for today is to finish the test and time reading the information given. If you like making notes/printing, feel free to do this too. If you’ve never done anything like this before you’ll probably going to find this eye-opening, to say the least.
When you’re done, do let me know in the comments!
Next week we’re going to talk about how all of your traits (good and bad!) can apply to your everyday life. I’ll help you think about your good points to feel happier and more confident. Next week is the juicy bit!