Personality Types

How does your personality impact your career choice? Do certain jobs and careers better correlate to different personality types? Are there even such things as “personality types” for that matter, or just 8 billion different combinations of traits that are then impacted by changing states? Indeed, better understanding the topic of personality, and (more importantly) understanding your own personality will help you maximize your unique strengths and be aware of your shortcomings as it relates to choosing a career and then performing to your optimal ability.

Personality Assessments for the Workplace: a Scientific Review of 13 Top Models

In this blog post we’ll go through a comprehensive review of 13 of the most popular personality assessments that are being used in the workplace setting. We compare the different models and assess their validity, reliability, cost and overall applicability to both employers and job seekers. Ready? Let’s get into it! “Trait vs. State” Workplace Personality Assessments First a primer on personality assessments in general…  You may recall from my other posts that personality has two key components: trait-based and state-based. Generally speaking (and please don’t take offense to this), state-based personality is far too complex to measure for the …

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five factor model

The “Big Five” model of Personality: an introduction and review

The Big Five is a trait-based model of personality that proposes that human personality can be measured across five broad personality traits. The trait theory, which is different to the type theory of personality, proposes that traits are aspects of personality that are relatively stable over time and situations differ across individuals and influence human behavior. There are different trait perspectives to personality and there has always been, and most likely always will be, a disagreement on exactly how many personality traits should be measured to explain human behavior. Some psychologists argue that using three traits is enough to describe …

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Trait Theory vs. State Theory: Why we shouldn’t confuse our personality with our response to situations

Personality is becoming increasingly more popular, with many corporations looking at personality when it comes to hiring and building culture.  Indeed personality is a hot topic, and individual interest in personality assessment has created an explosion in the volume of both discussion and personality testing online. In recent years, both practitioners and researchers have become obsessed with incorporating our personality and behavior into many elements of the workplace. But before we get much further, let’s first understand what exactly “personality” is in the first place. In his book “The Personality Puzzle”, Dr. David Funder  defined personality as “an individual’s characteristic …

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Holland Codes

HOW are you intelligent? An introduction to the Holland Codes (RIASEC)

The question may not be “are you intelligent” but rather “HOW are you intelligent”. This is a question that is asked, and answered by the “Holland Occupational Themes” theory, aka the RIASEC work-personality types model. Holland’s six unique types The Holland Occupational Themes theory and its “Holland Codes” were introduced by American psychologist John L. Holland in the 1970’s. It is a type theory of personality that looks specifically at careers and vocational choice. Holland proposed that there are six unique personality types, which are determined by our interests and how we approach life situations. These six types are: Realistic …

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Carl Jung

The 8 Jungian Cognitive Functions: Overview & Career Implications

A Glance into the History of the 8 Jungian Functions Carl Jung, the famous Swiss psychiatrist, proposed his model of the eight (8) functions in his work, Psychological Types (1921). He divided the functions into two groups, extraverted (tethered in the external world) and introverted (unfolded in the inner world). Jung’s work would later be built upon by Isabel Briggs Myers and her mother Katharine Cook Briggs, who created a personality model we know today as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®). The Myers-Briggs approach used scales for Extraversion-Introversion, Sensing-Intuition and Thinking-Feeling based on Jung’s work and then added a fourth …

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How to make a career decision based on 16 personality types

I’m a Student. How Can the 16-Personality Types Model Guide My Career Direction?

Prior to entering the workforce, you may have taken a personality test (or two!) in a high school or college careers course. Chances are, the four letters can seem a bit jargon-y and perplexing at first. ENFP…ISTJ…ESFJ…what’s going on here? The four letters represent four separate dimensions of your personality traits, as part of the MBTI®. It currently stands as one of the most widely-used assessments in onboarding and talent search—with over 88% of the Fortune 500 using it. The four-letter type codes are not just used by the MBTI® but also other recent personality typing models have also adopted …

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INTP

INTP: The Thinker

INTPs are called The Thinkers (and sometimes “The Logician”) for a reason. These personality types enjoy dealing with things logically and rationally, thinking about how things work. They have a knack for coming up with out of the box solutions and gravitate using reasoning rather than following the crowd. But before offering any type of solution, they like to have all the facts and a complete understanding of the problem. INTPs spend time looking at it from all angles and use not only imagination to see other possibilities, but past experiences as well. They take pride in categorizing things to …

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ESTP

ESTP: The Entrepreneur

The Extraverted Sensing Thinking Perceiving (ESTP) personality type is what others would call a straight shooter. If you’re an ESTP, you enjoy action and are comfortable with risk. When evaluating a situation, you look at the facts and not necessarily the feelings of other people involved. You don’t have a lot of patience for theories, preferring to work in a more concrete and literal fashion. Although introspection isn’t a strong point, people can count on you to jump right into a situation and get things done. Strengths and Weaknesses of the ESTP ESTPs are practical and observant, but they are …

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ESFP

ESFP: The Entertainer

As someone who fits the Extraverted Sensing Feeling Perceiving (ESFP) personality type on the Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory, you primarily take in new information via your five senses. You analyze things in a concrete and literal fashion with your internal senses playing a secondary role. You love people and new experiences. Other people think you are a lot of fun and view you as a natural performer. Since you love being the center of attention, you relish the role. With your natural love of people and strong interpersonal skills, you may frequently find yourself in the role of peacemaker, whether you …

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ISFJ

ISFJ: The Defender

People with the ISFJ personality type, which stands for Introverted Sensing Feeling Judging, are nurturers at heart. As an ISFJ, you process the world around you internally. This means you use all five senses to take in information in a concrete and literal manner. You tend to process information according to how you feel about it and how it fits into your personal value system. As with most ISFJs, you are genuinely warm, kind, and have an overwhelming desire to see the good in others. Sometimes you give people the benefit of the doubt to your own detriment. You pay …

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