We often encounter a misleading stereotype about Extraverts: talkative, party-loving individuals who travel in herds. Such a description matches only a few Extravert profiles such as the ESFP (The Performer) or ESTP (The Dynamo). The truth is many Extraverts have jobs or home lives that are rather isolating, and it severely drains their energy levels. If you’re an Extravert, maybe you can relate to some of these situations.
In a previous post, we talked about how job satisfaction varies widely from one personality type to another. Some types overwhelmingly give their jobs high ratings, while others seem to dread every day in the salt mine. So what’s going on here? Why are some personality types so much more satisfied on the job?
Are people happy because they’re extraverts, or are they extraverts because they’re happy?
Decades’ worth of research has shown that some people tend to enjoy their lives just a little bit more, experiencing higher highs and greater levels of momentary happiness than others. They’re called extraverts. In one study done by Wido G. M. Oerlemans and Arnold B. Bakker, they note:
In a study of University of Wisconsin Colleges students, participants with Feeling preferences were more likely to believe in creationism, while students with Thinking preferences favored secular evolution.
Most of us were encouraged to be artistic when we were children. From drawings and dioramas to noodle jewelry and collages, art is an integral part of a child’s life and no school day is complete without time for arts and crafts. As we grow older, however, we are counseled to settle into practical careers and to confine our artistic impulses to hobbies, if we pursue them at all. There is definitely some wisdom to this advice, as it is very rare for the average person to support oneself as a full-time artist. Therefore, if you feel that you are an artist at heart, it is likely that you also feel torn between pursing your passion for art and finding a well-paying and stable career.
As spontaneous individuals who live for the present moment, ESFPs yearn to connect with people and make positive differences in their lives. They love having fun, being in the spotlight and making others laugh. ESFPs chafe at regimented schedules and thrive on spontaneity. Hot careers for ESFPs are those that allow these free-spirited, gregarious people opportunities to see, moment by moment, tangible results of their heartfelt efforts to help people.
As a result of the current recession, more and more people are looking toward the Federal Government for a good, steady job. Many young people graduating college are interested in pursuing a career that makes a difference, both for individuals and for the country. The Federal Government is doing massive hiring in several mission critical areas, among them security and protection. This category includes Federal law enforcement jobs, such as working as a Special Agent for the FBI, CIA, ATF, or Secret Service.
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