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Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type

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Instructions

Below are four questions, and descriptions of two different lists of personality "preferences." Both lists have their own strengths and blindspots. BOTH are equally valuable -- NEITHER one is better or worse than the other.

Read both sets of descriptions for Question #1 and decide which list -- as a whole - describes you better (even if just a little better). Then click the appropriate button. Try to answer as you really are, not how you may wish you were, or have to be at work.

Continue with the other three questions and hit the "Discover Your Type" button for your results.

1. Where is your energy naturally directed?

Extraverts' energy is directed primarily outward, towards people and things outside of themselves. Introverts' energy is primarily directed inward, towards their own thoughts, perceptions, and reactions. Therefore, Extraverts tend to be more naturally active, expressive, social, and interested in many things, whereas Introverts tend to be more reserved, private, cautious, and interested in fewer interactions, but with greater depth and focus.

    Extraverts often:
  • Have high energy
  • Talk more than listen
  • Think out loud
  • Act, then think
  • Like to be around people a lot
  • Prefer a public role
  • Can sometimes be easily distracted
  • Prefer to do lots of things at once
  • Are outgoing & enthusiastic
    Introverts often:
  • Have quiet energy
  • Listen more than talk
  • Think quietly inside their heads
  • Think, then act
  • Feel comfortable being alone
  • Prefer to work "behind-the-scenes"
  • Have good powers of concentration
  • Prefer to focus on one thing at a time
  • Are self-contained and reserved
Extravert (E) or Introvert (I)

If you are confident with your above choice, select 'Confident'.
If not, select 'Not Very Confident' for more information!

Confident Not Very Confident


2. What kind of information do you naturally notice and remember?

Sensors notice the facts, details, and realities of the world around them whereas Intuitives are more interested in connections and relationships between facts as well as the meaning, or possibilities of the information. Sensors tend to be practical and literal people, who trust past experience and often have good common sense. Intuitives tend to be imaginative, theoretical people who trust their hunches and pride themselves on their creativity.

    Sensors often:
  • Focus on details & specifics
  • Admire practical solutions
  • Notice details & remember facts
  • Are pragmatic - see what is
  • Live in the here-and-now
  • Trust actual experience
  • Like to use established skills
  • Like step-by-step instructions
  • Work at a steady pace
    Intuitives often:
  • Focus on the big picture & possibilities
  • Admire creative ideas
  • Notice anything new or different
  • Are inventive - see what could be
  • Think about future implications
  • Trust their gut instincts
  • Prefer to learn new skills
  • Like to figure things out for themselves
  • Work in bursts of energy
Sensor (S) or Intuitive (N)

If you are confident with your above choice, select 'Confident'.
If not, select 'Not Very Confident' for more information!

Confident Not Very Confident


3. How do you decide or come to conclusions?

Thinkers make decisions based primarily on objective and impersonal criteria--what makes the most sense and what is logical. Feelers make decisions based primarily on their personal values and how they feel about the choices. So, Thinkers tend to be cool, analytical, and are convinced by logical reasoning. Feelers tend to be sensitive, empathetic, and are compelled by extenuating circumstances and a constant search for harmony.

    Thinkers often:
  • Make decisions objectively
  • Appear cool and reserved
  • Are most convinced by rational arguments
  • Are honest and direct
  • Value honesty and fairness
  • Take few things personally
  • Are good at seeing flaws
  • Are motivated by achievement
  • Argue or debate issues for fun
    Feelers often:
  • Decide based on their values & feelings
  • Appear warm and friendly
  • Are most convinced by how they feel
  • Are diplomatic and tactful
  • Value harmony and compassion
  • Take many things personally
  • Are quick to compliment others
  • Are motivated by appreciation
  • Avoid arguments and conflicts
Thinker (T) or Feeler (F)

If you are confident with your above choice, select 'Confident'.
If not, select 'Not Very Confident' for more information!

Confident Not Very Confident


4. What kind of environment makes you the most comfortable?

Judgers prefer a structured, ordered, and fairly predictable environment, where they can make decisions and have things settled. Perceivers prefer to experience as much of the world as possible, so they like to keep their options open and are most comfortable adapting. So, Judgers tend to be organized and productive while Perceivers tend to be flexible, curious, and nonconforming.

    Judgers often:
  • Like to have things settled
  • Take responsibilities seriously
  • Pay attention to time & are usually prompt
  • Prefer to finish projects
  • Work first, play later
  • Seek closure
  • See the need for most rules
  • Like to make & stick with plans
  • Find comfort in schedules
    Perceivers often:
  • Like to keep their options open
  • Are playful and casual
  • Are less aware of time and may run late
  • Prefer to start projects
  • Play first, work later
  • May have difficulty making some decisions
  • Question the need for many rules
  • Like to keep plans flexible
  • Want the freedom to be spontaneous
Judger (J) or Perceiver (P)

If you are confident with your above choice, select 'Confident'.
If not, select 'Not Very Confident' for more information!

Confident Not Very Confident

How to decide if you're an EXTRAVERT or an INTROVERT

We all feel like Introverts sometimes and Extraverts at other times, depending on the situation and how much time we've spent alone vs. with lots of people. The question is which seems to be (and has been over time) your more natural "default" setting. Which of the following two paragraphs describes the real you better, even if only slightly better?

Extravert

You get energized by activity, people, variety and talking and when you are at social gatherings and probably prefer to talk to lots of people about a wide range of topics. You like to be in the thick of the action and are eager to share your thoughts and ideas, even if they are not yet fully formed. Some of your best ideas come out during conversations. You usually get energized by being around people and usually look forward to social gatherings. You tend to be outgoing and share information about yourself with others fairly readily.

OR

Introvert

Your best ideas often come after you've let them "percolate" for a while inside your head. While you enjoy some social gatherings, you tend to prefer in depth, one-on-one conversations with a few people rather than having lots of brief conversations with many different people. After spending several hours socializing, you'd probably like to recharge your batteries by being alone for a little while. You tend to listen before talking and don't like to compete with others for "air time." It may take awhile for others to get to know the real you.

Hopefully now you have more confidence about your natural "preference" on this scale. Go back to the assessment and verify your answer. If you still are uncertain, leave the "Not Very confident" checked. (Note that you will only be allowed to have 2 of the 4 scales as "Not Very Confident.")

How to decide if you're a SENSOR or an INTUITIVE

On a daily basis, we all operate in "Intuitive mode" some of the time and in "Sensor mode" other times, but one of these two modes is as natural and comfortable as writing with our dominant hand and the other takes extra effort like writing with our other hand. Which of the following two paragraphs describes the real you better, even if only slightly better?

Sensor

You tend to be most interested in talking about things that are "real", tangible, practical and concrete - what you can see, smell, taste, touch or hear. You probably pay great attention to details and might even be able to relay many recent conversations close to verbatim. He said (this) and I then said (that), etc. You tend to tell stories with lots of specifics and like others to also give you all the pertinent details. You would probably rather implement plans than spend lots of time discussing the long-term implications of the plans.

OR

Intuitive

You tend to be most interested in ideas and like to consider future possibilities. When you are having a conversation, your brain is constantly making associations and you can easily see connections to other ideas and concepts. As a result, you often remember your impression of conversations and can relay the gist, but not the precise wording that was used. You probably enjoy brainstorming ideas and seeing long term implications and would prefer to be involved in creating the vision of what could be rather than executing the many steps involved to get there.

Hopefully now you have more confidence about your natural "preference" on this scale. Go back to the assessment and verify your answer. If you still are uncertain, leave the "Not Very confident" checked. (Note that you will only be allowed to have 2 of the 4 scales as "Not Very Confident.")

How to decide if you're a THINKER or a FEELER

Women are socialized to be more "feeler" and men to be more "thinker", which can make it challenging for some people to determine which one is their "true" natural in born preference. Try to think of yourself in lots of different situations where you are making decisions, not just as a parent or at work, where you have certain roles to play. Which of the following two paragraphs describes the real you better, even if only slightly better?

Thinker

You tend to be most comfortable with the part of the decision making process that involves logically analyzing the pros and cons and looking at the situation as objectively as possible, taking the particular feelings of individual people out of the equation. Your objective is to arrive at a decision that "makes sense" and is treats everyone fairly. You probably find it easiest when you can be very straightforward with people and not have to worry too much about possibly offending them with your directness.

OR

Feeler

You tend to be most comfortable in the part of the decision making process that involves focusing on how the people involved will be impacted. You tend to decide based on how you and others will feel about the situation and have a strong need to be true to your own personal values. A top priority for you is maintaining harmonious relationships and avoiding tense, conflict-ridden situations. You may be very sensitive to the emotional undertones of any interaction and probably work to avoid others having hard feelings or not feeling valued.

Hopefully now you have more confidence about your natural "preference" on this scale. Go back to the assessment and verify your answer. If you still are uncertain, leave the "Not Very confident" checked. (Note that you will only be allowed to have 2 of the 4 scales as "Not Very Confident.")

How to decide if you're a JUDGER or a PERCEIVER

Most of us are encouraged to be in "Judger mode" at work, so for this dimension, it is best to think of yourself when you are working on a project at home or making plans for your social life. When there are two Perceivers or two Judgers in a relationship, one person often plays the opposite role, so try to be conscious of what is your natural preference is, vs. what role you may tend to play in any given situation. Which of the following two paragraphs describes the real you better, even if only slightly better?

Judger

You tend to be driven towards closure whether making a decision, making a plan or completing a project, and may feel uncomfortable when things are too unstructured or left undecided. You probably have two separate modes: "play" mode and "on-task" mode. When you are "on-task" you can seem rather serious and get stressed since it's important to get your tasks accomplished on time. You may work for long periods of time without taking a break especially when you are close to finishing a project. You probably have a to-do list and derive satisfaction from checking off completed items.

OR

Perceiver

You like to keep your options open and take in lots of information before making a decision. You enjoy being spontaneous in your social life. You generally prefer an informal and casual approach to most things and probably don't like a lot of unnecessary rules. While you've learned to meet most deadlines, you may do your best work when you get the adrenaline rush at the last minute. You might like to take frequent breaks especially when working on lengthy projects.

Hopefully now you have more confidence about your natural "preference" on this scale. Go back to the assessment and verify your answer. If you still are uncertain, leave the "Not Very confident" checked. (Note that you will only be allowed to have 2 of the 4 scales as "Not Very Confident.")



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