“But I have A Brilliant Personality”
I must admit, when I initially saw that I would be responsible for a class assignment that required students to complete and submit their results from the Myers-Briggs’ “Personality Type” test, I was a bit reluctant. This reluctance came from my previous experience with the test and the experiences of others who shared their stories with me in the past. Feelings of nervousness, doubt, and even anger surfaced prior to and while taking the exam. Being aware of how some organizations use the test results to unfairly discriminate, was at the core of my apprehension. Close friends unveiled how they were either next in line for a promotion, or waiting to be selected as a team member to work on a invigorating work project, or just seeking general employment opportunities and required to take the MBTI exam; the repercussions were dismal. Being denied a promotion, being declined from certain team projects and being told that “We’re looking for a better match,” were the results.
One evening, during my Adult Learning course, after a heated debate over the validity of the test and its culturally biased orientation, I was approached by my professor who suggested that I look deeper into my results and attempt to grasp the interpretation of it. She also asked that I focus on the valuable components that are essential for enhancing an individual’s learning experience. I did just that and my results revealed that I share the personality traits of those individuals who are grouped as ENFJs. To my surprise, the interpretation of my results was quite accurate and because of this, it is the goal of this paper to show how this interpretation correlates to three specific and important areas of my life. I will first discuss how Keirsey’s interpretation describes portions of my personal development. I will then explain how Keirsey’s interpretation mirrors my career path. Next, I will tell how his interpretation is...