Do you ever wonder how some people seem to love the most mundane job, while others absolutely loathe a job that you would kill to have? When it comes to different personality types, there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to our career preferences.
Teaching is an attractive profession for people who prize learning, and for those who like to help others grow and advance. The best teachers have a passion for their topics and truly enjoy passing their knowledge on to eager students. They even embrace the challenge of trying to reach underachieving students, believing that all young people have innate abilities and the potential to achieve.
Fives are the investigators of the Enneagram world. They are known for their laser-sharp attention to topics of interest, hunger for knowledge, and drive toward autonomy. They value individual competence, practice and intellectual mastery—but they are not known for their teamwork and interpersonal skills. This may result in miscommunications at work and with loved ones.
I love speaking to others just after they’ve taken a personality assessment based on Briggs Myers' typology. I want to hear their reactions, what they learned, and how they plan to use this new information about themselves. However, what fascinates me the most is how people with the same personality traits use them differently throughout various parts of their lives.
Are you an INFJ that finds yourself questioning why you feel so different? Maybe you’ve read the description of the INFJ personality type and that’s made it a little easier for you to understand yourself. But…something’s not quite gelling. The typical run-down of INFJ personality traits includes sensitivity, empathy, introversion, creativity, a strong values orientation and organization as some of your top strengths. But what about the other traits you observe in yourself?
The Enneagram is the latest obsession among the self-aware—an elegant personality typing system that sneakily reveals our most private drives, motivations and vices. Knowing your Enneagram type can help you play to our strengths and get ahead in the world in a way that feels authentic to you. But at times, the less-than-stellar qualities of our Enneagram type take hold—and really get on our loved ones’ nerves.
What is the secret of successful teams? What qualities do team members need in order for the collaboration to work? For the typical business, these are some pretty tough questions to answer. Luckily, Google – a company whose success depends on the collaborative powers of its teams – has done the heavy lifting for you.
What comes to your mind when you think about your favorite book? When I think about my favorite reads, I remember the characters I fell in love with and with whom I wouldn’t mind trading places for a day. What I’ve come to realize is that in literature – as in life – we often identify with characters who share the same hobbies, interests and personality traits we do.
For many ENTP personality types, the corporate world can seem deeply alien. No amount of innovation or charm can mask the contrast between the traditional expectations of the workplace and the free-wheeling, wacky, inventor lifestyle that ENTPs often find most comfortable. If left unexamined, this incongruity can manifest in some unsavory workplace habits that only put more distance between ENTP personality types and their professional communities.