ISTJs have an inner willpower that other personalities can only dream about. We stare down a situation and take notes, willing to remain aloof until we can arrive at a solid conclusion. The right conclusion. And if this keen observer forgets that she is being observed, well, things get messy.
And you know how we feel about messy.
ISTJs are unhealthy when our best characteristics turn a corner to the dark side.
The Tin Man was wrong all along. When he rapped on his chest, all he heard echoing back was hollow emptiness. Everyone else could hear it, too. The Tin Man decided that he’d been built without a heart.
Isn’t that just like an ISTJ? The Tin Man was so attuned to only what he could observe that he missed what his friends did not. “He was tender, he was gentle, and awful sentimental,” but it took some paying attention to notice it.
Welcome to parenthood! So you’ve read all the books, watched all the videos, and pumped every new parent you know for information. The cupboards are stocked with sippy cups, the crib with diapers, and the car and house with more paraphernalia than any ten infants might need.
You never know.
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.
Are you a super Sensor? Does your body thrill with sensations as you move through your environment? Are colors, scents, or sounds the first thing you notice when you walk into a room? Does feeling hungry distract you to the point that you will stop what you’re doing for a snack?
The ISTJ and INTJ are similar in so many ways. These personalities appreciate introverted periods of alone time, use their heads instead of their hearts to make Thinking decisions, and like planning and structure to stabilize their daily Judging lifestyle.
The difference between them lies in the way they handle incoming information.
Introverted Sensing (Si) is the dominant cognitive function for the way certain personality types absorb and understand the world around them. All types utilize some variation of the Sensing function and roughly half of the population functions as an Si user. You will be able to identify them once you are familiar with their processing techniques.
Job interviews are an inevitable part of life and the anxious preparations made for them are akin to school exams, auditions, or even blind dates. The questions are coming. The scrutiny. The judging. The measuring up against everyone else. The timeline is finite and you’ll almost never get a second chance for this exact opportunity.
If your resume closely matches the job description and your experience proves you’ve done the legwork to be qualified, then you can focus on what makes or breaks the interview: personality.
Personality typing can be validating, encouraging, eye-opening, and occasionally…frustrating.
The Myers and Briggs Personality test places your personality somewhere on a scale between introversion and extraversion. You might, even before testing, have a definitive answer for this one. Many people know whether time spent in large groups leaves them feeling drained or energized. They can tell you whether spending time in isolation feeds their soul or leaves them empty and lonely.
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