Transitions, Conditions and Decisions – How Life Events Impact Personality

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on April 06, 2015

Does your personality influence what you do with your life and the decisions you make, or do life events and decisions influence your personality?

It’s now generally accepted that the environment plays a role in personality development, especially over the course of one’s formative years. But how? What factors steer an individual in one direction or another? How do life events, especially in early adulthood, shape an individual’s lasting personality?

Why Using Briggs Myers in Hiring is a Terrible Idea

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on March 31, 2015

When I worked as a consultant using the MBTI®1, there was one type of call I dreaded: the calls from firms who wanted to start using the assessment in their hiring process. They’d heard about the MBTI® and its popularity in organizations. Maybe they’d even assessed some of their existing employees, with inspiring results. Now, how great would it be if they could use it to weed out all the undesirable candidates in their hiring pool?

Why Are ESFJs So Happy With Their Jobs, and What Can the Rest of Us Learn from Them?

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on March 20, 2015

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?

Why Personality Matters in the Workplace

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on March 05, 2015

Personality is at the center of how we interact with each other on a daily basis. It provides a framework for understanding why our lives look like our own, and not like our neighbors. Whether we’re choosing a job, a partner, or even a home, our personalities drive our choices and shape the paths that our lives take.

It’s Not You, It’s Me: Personalities, Politicians and Why We Vote for Who We Do

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on January 27, 2015

Why do you vote the way you do? Is it because of a candidate’s platform or because he or she made a good first impression on you? How do you evaluate an unknown candidate? Well, you may just be surprised by the answer.

Who You Vote for Is a Lot about You

With the mid-term elections behind us and the presidential elections less than two years away, voting behaviors are a hot topic. So, what makes people vote the way they do? 

An INTP Finds an Uncommon Niche as a Master Carpenter and Perpetual World Traveler

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on January 06, 2015

When a member of the rock band he played in during college hung the nickname “Spench” on Michael French, it never occurred to him that this moniker would have an extended lifespan. But after its resurrection a few years later at the hands of friends, the name stuck. Now, almost everyone who knows Michael well refers to him as Spench.

Category: INTP

5 Reasons Extraverts Are Happier

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on December 09, 2014

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:

“One of the most robust findings in personality research is that extraverts are happier than introverts.”1 

What Makes an Extravert an Extravert?

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on December 01, 2014

Recent research on extraversion and what it really means to be an Extravert has us questioning our notions of what the “People People” are really all about.

Most of us think of Extraverts as people who are noticeably friendly, outgoing and chatty. When psychologists talk about extraversion in the context of the Big Five model of personality, they're referring to a collection of traits encompassing sociability, processing externally (i.e. thinking out loud) and talkativeness.

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