What’s your 4 letter profile?

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[ENFP] [INFP] [ENFJ] [INFJ] [ESTJ] [ISTJ] [ESFJ] [ISFJ] [ENTP] [INTP] [ENTJ] [INTJ] [ESTP] [ISTP] [ESFP] [ISFP]

Do any of these four letter combinations mean anything to you? If so, you’ve taken a Jungian-based behavioural profiling assessment. From Extraverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving [ENFP] to Introverted Sensing Feeling Perceiving [ISFP] it is always a great idea to go through these exercises. Joe Butt put together this really easy to follow site to provide one an insight. My caveat is that not everyone fits nicely in these tight boxes. There’s more to a personality and work behaviour than tendencies but with awareness of one’s leanings there leads increased flexibility ,,, and to be fair some tests are more in line with potential behaviour than others. So overall I’m all for taking the assessment.

There’s a lot of self-diagnostic programmes out there that you can find with a simple Google query. There are companies as well that solely provide assessments like this including Thomas’ PPA [Personality Profile Analysis], Dr. Kolbe’s A index, and Dr. Ritberger’s Color Personality. With New Year resolutions being outlined by some, if not most, individuals as well as organisations may have a use for these exercises especially if no one in the team has gone through it before. At the very least you gain a bit more background of yourself.. and for me, that’s always valuable information.

Let me know if you have a self-assessment model that you use for yourself and/or your organisation and tell me your challenges and successes in using them.

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  • Good point Jeffrey. There is a danger of using the profile to well… “profile” someone. As you’ve indicated we are complex beings.

  • I can’t help but think these tests are money-making opportunities for tests that oversimplify complexities.

    I like the idea of learning more about my own tendencies and interests, but to try to quantify people in this manner seems to raise another whole set of issues and potential problems. For example, couldn’t David (another commentor) use his results as an excuse to not travel, or Roland (whose ENFP is anti-bureaucratic) be overlooked for a project that requires process and workflows because of the test results alone?

    It seems that as soon as we suggest “they should be used as a guide,” then aren’t they just another pop-psychological classification to accept or decline depending on our needs?

  • As much as we all think of ourselves as unique individuals (and we are!) I find it helpful to know which of the MBTI profiles I “am.” A year ago I took (professionally administered) the Myers-Briggs test. I came up INTP, with which I have a hard time agreeing. I feel strongly that I am a hybrid of INTP and INFP. Regardless, reading in-depth information on these profiles helped me understand why I do, think, and feel certain things/ways. For instance, I rarely get excited about going somewhere – be it the movies or vacation. Not that I don’t enjoy these things, but, per Myers-Briggs, it’s part of my profile.

    Anyone else taken the tests?

    Robin – great point about New Years resolutions – what a great way to learn more about yourself before you start planning for the new year!