7 Unintended Consequences of Personality Testing

When you try personality testing for the first time, you might be surprised by the knock-on effect it can have in all aspects of your life. Knowing your personality type can open up new doors to understanding yourself and the people around you.

Curious to know more? Here are 7 unintended consequences of personality testing that you might not be prepared for…

What Role Do You Play on Teams, Based On Your Personality Type? (And How To Make Yourself Indispensable)

Let’s say you were going to field a basketball team. Now admittedly, I’m not a huge sports fan (basketball is the round orange ball, not the smaller pointy one, right?). But I do know enough to understand that different positions usually require different skill sets. For example, since rebounding is important for a team’s success, one would probably put the tallest players closest to the hoop. And the most agile ball handlers – who are often smaller and quicker – would be given the job of bringing the ball up court. Makes sense, right?

What is a Highly Sensitive Person?

If you’ve ever wondered if you’re more sensitive than others around you, you might be a highly sensitive person (HSP). But what is a highly sensitive person? Although it’s easy to assume that a HSP experiences a greater reaction to sad situations and criticism, and is therefore more prone to stress and overwhelm, what makes someone an HSP goes much deeper than that. There’s biology involved, as well as personality science, which explains why HSPs respond differently to others and may face different challenges. 

Let’s take a deeper look.

Introverts, Extraverts, and the Enneagram

“He’s much too extraverted to be a Type 5 Investigator.” 

"She’s way too introverted to be a Type 7 Enthusiast.”  

As someone who’s conducted hundreds of Enneagram typing interviews, I cringe when I hear these statements because these generalizations highlight a basic misunderstanding of the Enneagram – the mistaken belief that someone’s Enneagram type can be uncovered based solely by observing their behavior. 

Thinking vs Feeling: Is Your Preference Holding You Back?

Each personality trait has its own strong points. No type is “better” than the other. We’re just each better at certain things. And, we should value our own strengths and rightly expect others to respect us as we are, too.

Our preferences usually are our strengths. However, there are times when even our strengths can hold us back in certain situations, or when we’d just benefit from trying out the opposite way of doing things for a more balanced approach.

Take the case of Thinkers vs. Feelers. Both traits have benefits, and both tendencies are valuable.

6 Common Career Shift Mistakes to Avoid

You’ve been feeling it coming for a while now: you’re frustrated and unhappy in your job, and it’s time for a career shift. As exciting as the idea is, the decisions you make next must be tailored for you personally and approached professionally. Taking the time to create a clear path now will keep you from stumbling mid-transition.

While we don’t want to throw obstacles in your way, there are various pitfalls that you may not have thought about. Here are six mistakes to avoid when making a career shift.

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