Friday, July 30, 2010

Myers Briggs and The Strength Finder

I'm a little obsessed with the Myers Briggs personality test. When my friends are describing how they make a decision I find myself thinking, "Oh they're such a J."
I'm an ENFJ. To a lot of people this means nothing, but to a few people it says a lot about how I function in the world, in my head, and make decisions.

I think to take the full personality typology test you have to pay money, but here's a free one. If you're interested.
Another great personality assessment is the Strengths Finder, founded on the principle you work better and gett a better outcome if you work in your strengths, identifying those strengths and working within them will make for a better, happier person.

Here are my top five strengths themes according to the Gallup Strengths Finder assessment:

Activator - People who are especially talented in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They are often impatient.
Strategic - People who are especially talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.
Woo - People who are especially talented in the Woo theme love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over. They derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection with another person.
Communication - Communicators generally find it easy to put their thoughts into words. They are good conversationalists and presenters.
Arranger - Arrangers can organize, but they also have a flexibility that complements this ability. They like to figure out how all of the pieces and resources can be arranged for maximum productivity.

On both the Strengths Finder and Myers Briggs my husband and I are opposites. His strengths are my weaknesses and his letters mirror mine. I'm extroverted, he's introverted. I'm into people and communication, he's analytical. After three years of dating and four years of marriage it shouldn't surprise me, but I guess we get along so well because of our differences it doesn't seem that polar.
At the same time, when we do have a disagreement I can now trace it back to our differences in how we view the world and relate to the world.

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