What Happens When You Defy Your Personality Type?

Personality testing can tell you a lot about yourself, including your strengths and the best path for you. But what happens when you defy your personality type? 

From finding new interests to risking your relationships, ignoring your personality type can have some unexpected outcomes – good and bad. You might feel lost or confused but you might also end up uncovering traits you didn’t know you have.

Here are 9 things that can happen when you defy your personality type.

5 Understated Ways ISTJs Show Their Sensitive Side

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on June 15, 2022

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.

What is Extraverted Sensing?

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on June 10, 2022

Extraverted Sensing (Se) occurs when someone is really focused on the outside world and all the information they’re getting from their senses. People who use Extraverted Sensing live in the now, and find joy and purpose through their interactions with other people, culture, and nature. Unlike types who ‘live in their heads,’ Extraverted Sensors are energized by the sights, sounds, smells, feelings, and emotions they get from interacting with the world.  

Sound like you? Read on to learn more about this fascinating function! 

Individualized, Personality-backed Strategies for Reducing Covid-era Stress

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on June 08, 2022

Is there anyone on the planet who is not incredibly stressed these days?

Over the past few years, depression, anxiety, and alcohol and substance abuse have all skyrocketed. As have damaged relationships, disrupted careers, devastated finances, delayed social development, and numerous other consequences we are only now beginning to appreciate. And even before COVID-19, stress was a significant factor in increased heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and many other serious medical conditions.

What Each Enneagram Type Packs for a Road Trip

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on May 26, 2022

Some believe that road trips should be planned, itinerized and run like a well-oiled machine, while others have a more go-with-the-flow style. And these differences appear before you even hit the road, with very different attitudes about what to pack and why. 

Here’s what we think each Enneagram type will pack for their road trip. Read on to find out what’s in store for you and your travel companions!

There Are 9 Types of Intelligence - Which One Fits Your Personality Type?

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on May 24, 2022

You’ve heard of the 16-type personality system, but what about the 9 types of intelligence? The multiple intelligence theory organizes people into different categories depending on where their skills lie. You might be a logician or have strong musical intelligence or anything in between.

If you want to know which type of intelligence fits your personality type, keep reading!

5 Highly Sensitive Person Traits that are Often Misunderstood

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on May 19, 2022

In 1991, psychologist Dr. Elaine Aron coined the term highly sensitive person (HSP) to refer to people who demonstrate high sensory-processing sensitivity. According to Aron’s research, while all of us can display sensitivity, highly sensitive people (HSPs) tend to have a greater response to stress.

7 Unintended Consequences of Personality Testing

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on May 17, 2022

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 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.


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