We have all heard the words Introvert and Extrovert. These are the two words which are very broadly used to group individuals and label them how comfortable each feels in social settings and in the art of social interaction. Its commonly understood Extroverts see them as social butterflies and easily mingle with the crowd, not to say Introverts are not capable of social interaction they feel much more comfortable in their own thoughts and familiar surroundings. Is everybody inherently an Introvert or Extrovert or they acquire such traits as they grow up? This is a very interesting question and I with a deterministic outlook would argue individuals are Introvert or Extrovert by birth and agree they have the potential to mold themselves contrary to what they really are as per the demands of the society. Extending the scope of the discussion Extroversion and Introversion are best described as Personality traits.
We all have our Unique Personality Traits and our Personality Type is a Sum of all the Personality Traits bundled together. Personality Traits share a close relationship with adjectives and in fact are adjectives used to describe a person. Well to be fair all human Personality Traits fall under the umbrella of good and bad adjectives. The more good adjectives used to describe a personality the person is endowed with a lot of positive personality traits on the contrary more the bad adjectives the negative personality traits predominate. Accessible, Amiable, Appreciative, Balanced, Charismatic, Compassionate, Cheerful, Dutiful, Energetic, Enthusiastic, Friendly, Generous are some of the words when associated with our personality we come out as positive personality type. Negative personality types have more in common with the words like Arrogant, Angry, Barbaric, Careless, Charmless, Cynical, Discouraging, and Envious. The list of these adjectives can go on and on but I think I made my point here. Most of us have a mixture of positive personality traits and the negative personality traits. I failed to mention there are also a bunch of traits grouped as neutral personality traits. I would say a positive personality type is a person who can tap into his positive traits consistently all through the highs and lows of life and particularly if the person can let the positive traits predominate during the rough patches and can see life through a positive prism, the negative personality type more leans towards the negative traits most of the times and lets the negative thinking rule the roost during difficult times. There is more to Personality Type than positive and negative personality types. In the grouping of adjectives which plays the primary role in describing a personality different psychologists played around and came up with far more personality types after grouping sets of adjectives together. I mean they picked and choose and grouped together a few from all adjectives describing different personality types and came up with a few more personality types than what meets the eye. Now things get a bit interesting here.
Have you heard before of Type A, Type B, Type C, & Type D. What are they certainly not Blood groups they are the personality types. As I mentioned Psychologists have grouped a set of personality traits together to come up with these Personality Types. Let see if we see ourselves fitting into one of these personality types
Type A – competitive, over achiever, things done on time.
Type B – calm, relaxed, laid back, flexible, analytical.
Type C – detail oriented, not assertive, suppress wants, needs and desires.
Type D – negative outlook on life, fear of rejection, prone to depression.
Most of us have shades of these four types of personalities however we more learn strongly towards one or two of these four types of personalities. I would say I am both Type A and Type B type of a person with Type A and Type B accounting for eighty percent of my personality traits. The Four type classification is one of the many personality type classifications and for people who want to label their personality type on a different set of traits they have reason to cheer because there are a few more personality theories out there which have come out with more personality types. There is a big five personality test based on the factors Openness to Experience, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness and Neuroticism. OCEAN is the acronym commonly used to refer to these five traits collectively.
A more extensive Personality Type Indicator charts called the Myers Brigg Type Indicator Chart was developed on the basis of theories proposed by the famous psychologist Carl Jung. In The Myers Brigg Type Indicator Charts the traits which are taken into consideration are Extraversion vs Introversion, Sensing vs Intuition, Thinking vs Feeling and Judging vs Perceiving. With these type of factors we end up with Acronyms like ISTF ESFJ, ISFP as possible personality types. In all we end up with 16 acronyms all describing different personality types. If you are curious which acronym fits your personality type feel free to answer this questionnaire.
Now that we have all the tools to evaluate our personality what is the next step. That truly depends on how much one is comfortable under his own skin. If you feel you are absolutely fine the way you are I say you don’t have to give a damn about understanding your personality type. But if you feel that there are some personality traits of your which are acting as true impediments in achieving your goals the first step would be to identify those traits and how it’s impacting your life. Once you know the traits which need a bit of tweaking you have done yourself a favor and all the personality tests out there will be thankful to you for their utility value in making you realize your Achilles Heel. Well how about Personality Quotient let’s leave it for a discussion some other time.