Beginning in early childhood, certain sights, sounds and activities captivated your attention. In school, you were enthused about some projects and activities, while others were of lesser or no interest to you. There were assignments were easy and even fun. Then, there were those that were a real chore to complete. Your reaction to these tasks is a by-product of your unique personality type.
Theory of Personality Type, Carl Jung
The theory of Personality type was developed by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung in the early 1920s; it highlights “the normal differences between healthy people”. Jung theorized that behavioral patterns result from “individuals’ inborn tendencies to use their minds in different ways”. Evidence of your unique personality type began to appear during early childhood in play activities and learning patterns. Type development is a process that continues throughout your lifetime.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Isabel Briggs-Myers and her mother Katherine Cook-Briggs studied Jung’s work and developed the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), an assessment to identify an individual’s personality type based upon a combination of preferred ways to:
- Gain energy
- Gather information
- Make decisions
- Organize information and come to conclusions
Personality Type Strengths and Challenges
Each personality type has its own strengths and challenges. People who share the same personality type are definitely not the same. They simply share some of the same preferences. So, it is not better to be one type over another. Type is a tool that will help you capitalize on your strengths to succeed in school, work and in life.