Myer-Briggs Test, aha!

The first conversation happened here.

About 3 months into my new job in a new city, I was at the all country staff retreat at a beautiful resort on the outskirts of Bangalore. In this phase of transition, I was trying to understand how to connect with the office crowd with the appropriate amount of warmth and congeniality in the new setting. During one of the small groups discussions late afternoon the second day, my super boss suggested that I take the Myer-Briggs test to learn my personality type and also help my situation when I have to deal with and manage other staff. I made a note and decided that I will get to this sometime once I have a better grip on my current projects and task in this new job.

Like it goes with office retreats, the agenda was tightly packed with tons of group activities and exercises, sessions on inclusiveness, respecting diversity and town-hall style meetings to fill out the three days. The surprising part was that the there was no time and energy left after the sessions use the amenities — pool, massage, and sports activities. At one point, I thought the first thing I will do o n my return would be to return my new swimming shorts that I had picked up for this stay.

Few weeks after I got back in the city, I pulled up the notes towards the end of a slow day and decided to follow through on this to-do item.I printed out this short questionnaire and sharpened my pencils to take a stab at this. Within 12 minutes of completing the objective test and calculations on the scoring sheet, I learnt about the four-letter code for my personality type. There are 4 dimensions and one could swing either one way or other — creating a total of 16 combinations.

Hungry for a longer explanation, I searched to get my hands on my longer version of the meaning and explanation of each of the types. Lo and behold, the 11-page detailed description of the type that I matched was so accurate that I have smitten with this tool ever since. The same night right before dinner I asked my Mom and aunt who were visiting me that weekend to also take the test. My selfish reason here was to further test the accuracy and validity of this tool. And it did well here too — they matched very well to the traits and habits described under the identified types. Yes, for both of them!

I believe each one of us goes through those phases when you feel a strong urge to understand yourself and your equation with others better. In order to find balance and atleast be wary of traits and habits that **unknowingly** create problems, distances in important relationships and come between between us and our goals, this simple tool can be powerful if we act on what we learn about ourselves.

Do check it out here.

If you get really interested in this kind of stuff like I have, I suggest you check out this book called “Please Understand Me” by David Keirsey that I learnt about from Jessie’s post.