Learning my personality type was a game changer for improving my personal and professional relationships. Here’s an overview of the different types of personality tests and how knowing your results can benefit your life.
Can you guess my types?!
Some of you have been following for more than a decade. Can you guess my types???!
While I’ve openly shared my life on the internet for well over a decade, I actually tend to be more of an introvert. An extroverted introvert if we’re being precise.
While I do love a party and hanging out with friends, I definitely recharge with down time and alone time. A common misconception is that introverts don’t like people, but what defines your type is where you get your energy vs. what drains you.
I love people, but after a day of talking I can’t WAIT to unwind and read a book alone.
If you know me well, you know I can be a total homebody. If my home is where I recharge, I want it to feel calming and cozy (which is probably why I love neutral home decor).
While the terms introvert and extrovert get thrown around a lot, the older I get, the more interested I’ve gotten in understanding my personality types in more depth.
Not only has it given me a better understanding of why I do the things I do, but it’s been eye-opening for my personal and professional relationships.
Whether it’s my family, friendships, or collaborating with the KERF or Beautycounter team, understanding their motivations and stressors has been monumental in how I interact with individuals in my life.
How Personality Type Assessments Can Benefit Your Life
Knowing other peoples’ type help you better understand how they think, including:
How they respond to conflict and solve problems
What motivates them or stresses them out
How to work better as a team by avoiding conflict and improving communication.
Knowing your type can help you more clearly identify your likes and dislikes, which helps with relationship growth and communication
You have a better understanding of which situations and environments are ideal for you (e.g., working in a coffee shop, working in a busy office, or working from home)
You can recognize your strengths and weaknesses, which helps you focus and achieve growth
Let’s dive into some of the various personality type assessments!
I’ve been an ESTJ (extroversion/sensing/thinking/judging) since high school (and have repeated the test a few times!). I will say that my E/I has gotten “weaker” over time – I used to be a strong E and now it’s a coin toss between E and I. The strengths and weaknesses (!) match me very well. This is one of my favorite personality tests because I think there is enough variation that you can really pinpoint a personality.
This is a newer-to-me test that I took this year, and when I read about the Rebel SO MUCH made sense to me. I value flow and flexibility more than anything else when it comes to tasks and work, so the fact that I rebel against both outside and inside expectations makes so much sense! If I write a task for myself for Thursday I immediately start to not want to do that task on Thursday. I want to do something else.
This all makes so much sense now, and I’ve changed how I’m planning my week a bit, shifting from a daily to-do list to a weekly one to embrace the flow.
Followed closely by Physical Touch and Quality Time. It’s funny how I will cling to words for weeks but I will forget about a gift quickly. I don’t want to sound unappreciative, but gifts is last on my list. I don’t really like giving or receiving them!
Words of Affirmation is a bit of a tough one for us because it is not Thomas’s love language! He is Quality Time and Physical Touch though, and those are very close seconds for me (I sort of have a three-way tie with Words being at the top of the triangle) so we are good most of the time 😉