According to authors of the MMTIC (Murphy-Meisgeier Type Indicator for Children), “The elementary and beginning middle school years are important and formative in the development of healthy type.” Your personality type is an “inborn disposition”. With Intuition as my dominant function, I automatically look at situations metaphorically. For Intuitive personalities, current situations/facts are the foundation for new ideas.
On Wednesday June 22nd, I read a story online about a monkey that attempted to flee from a zoo in Springfield, Massachusetts. The article cites a report by WWLP-TV that “a 12-pound guenon monkey named Dizzy escaped from its enclosure at The Zoo in Forest Park.” According to the zoo website, “An employee was cleaning the enclosure and had walked out to help a visitor when Dizzy twisted a doorknob and let himself out.”
Immediately, my Intuition kicked into gear. Of course Dizzy the monkey doesn’t want to be trapped in a cage for the purpose of entertaining zoo patrons. There, the creature has no opportunity to use his natural instincts and abilities. Like Dizzy the monkey, you have strengths and inclinations. You don’t want to be stuck in a career or job that gives you no opportunities to use them. Identifying your personal preferences helps you to choose a career where you can put your strengths to good use and not feel trapped.
Identifying the things that trigger stress is also important. In their book “Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type (2014), authors Tieger, Barron & Tieger state: “Acknowledging your innate weaknesses helps you avoid the circumstances or types of work that places you at the mercy of your lesser functions.”
Insights gained from understanding your personality type are invaluable throughout life. Whether you are a professional seeking to find the right career or a parent helping your son or daughter discover his/her academic and personal talents, the MBTI and/or MMTIC can help you. These discoveries may also uncover that the times you thought someone was being difficult they were merely fighting to be themself.