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Personality Reflection Essay

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Maria Johnson

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Personality Reflection Essay
Maria Johnson

Personality differences
There has always been a huge strain on the relationship I have have with my parents. We are so different. For example, at my little sisters funeral. Hundreds of people called the funeral home asking when it was taking place. My father only allowed immediate family to come. All those people didn't get any closure. This is a huge example of the difference between extroverts and introverts. My father was a very private person. It always bothered me.
Although the MBTI personality test has its benefits, people should proceed with caution. Ron Zemke talks about the dangers in pigeonholing someone with a personality test.

Representing approximately 2 percent of all people, people with the ENFJ personality type tend to be very influential, often without making any conscious efforts to increase their influence.
(16 Personalities, 2013)
Although I'm an Extrovert
One of my personality traits is feeling. "aware of other people and their feelings, like harmony, need occasional praise, dislike telling people unpleasant things, tend to be sympathetic, and relate well to most people. Tend to base decisions on values & subjective evaluation of person- centered outcomes."
"They prefer to live their daily life in a structured, scheduled, & orderly fashion."

(16 Profiles at Work, 2013)
"Their energy comes from the outwardly directed, socially oriented, gregarious external world."
(16 Profiles at Work, 2013)
"Prefer to perceive the world as having endless possibilities & meanings."
"They make subjective, interpersonally based decisions."

(16 Profiles at Work, 2013)

My MBIT type was ENFJ
(16 Profiles at Work, 2013)
My father was an introvert. He was always sort of a mystery to me. He was very quiet unless he had something to lecture me about. We didn't really see eye to eye when I was growing up.
My mother is also an
introvert. We also don't really see eye to eye. She just likes to stay home & is afraid to talk to people, which I always found to be odd.
Relationships with Parents
MBTI in-depth on ENFJ
I'm an extrovert. I like to travel and meet people. I like to help people. "Extraverted-Feelers, have a high need to please others. They present a pleasant & acceptable image acting out their natural caring & concern for others."
I butt heads with my parents but try to get along.
(16 Profiles at Work, 2013)
"I like getting my energy from dealing with the ideas, pictures, memories, and reactions that are inside my head, in my inner world. I often prefer doing things alone or with one or two people I feel comfortable with. "
Introvert vs. Extrovert
"I like getting my energy from active involvement in events and having a lot of different activities. I’m excited when I’m around people and I like to energize other people. I like moving into action and making things happen. I generally feel at home in the world. "
(Extraversion or Introversion, 2013)
(MBTI, 2013)
I don't agree
Although I don't always agree with my mother and fathers decisions like the example regarding the funeral, I can understand and respect why someone would make a decision like that. "Highly attune to the motivation & needs of others." I would not have made the same decision.
2nd Thoughts about MBTI
(MBIT, 2013)
Susan Cain talks about how our society in American became focused on extroversion with the economic change of an agricultural society to an urbanized society. Instead of conversing with neighbors we had to stand out among strangers. This was the big shift.
Susan Cain talks about how our culture is obsessed with movie stars because they project "personal magnetism." I think this is instilled in us from a young age unknowingly. I suppose my understanding of social norms was what the television was telling me a mom & dad should do and be like. My parents were not like that. So it wasn't just a personality difference, there were other influences that I assumed were normal, which isn't necessarily true.
(Cain, 2012)
(Cain, 2012)
"The fact that the MBTI is a "manipuable" test can make its readings questionable. As Taylor puts it, "I've taken it a number of times, and I pretty much have been able to get the profile I want." Critics say, the instrument becomes a way of pigeonholing people."
(Zemke, 1992)
2nd Thoughts
"A recent study done at the University of London, for example, found that MBTI was one of the most easily manipulable instruments among those scrutinized. In other words you, can make the MBTI describe you pretty much as whatever type you want."
(Zemke, 2013)
So What?
The MBTI test is a nice tool to help individuals understand how they act and why they make decisions. It allows individuals to reflect and grow. However the MBTI test, is simply that, one test. It doesn't define who people are because we has humans are more complex than what a 93 question test can answer about us. It does however give us a foundation for seeing our differences and building on our strengths and improving on our weaknesses. It also gives us insight to other peoples personality traits & helps us understand why we don't agree & no one answer is right.
Now What?
With the results of the MBTI test, Susan Cain's insight on how we became a culture that rewards extroversion, and Ron Zemke's 2nd Thoughts, I have come up with my own understanding. This test can be useful but it does not define who I am. It is important to understand the overall picture with pros and cons. Ultimately what the MBTI test does is help me to understand how I may react to situations and where I can improve. Self awareness is the biggest factor I've taken away from this and how to improve my relationships professionally and personally.
Work Cited

Cain, S. (2012). Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking. New York: Crown Publishers.

Unknown. (2013, November 23). Extraversion or introversion. Retrieved from http://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-type/mbti-basics/extraversion-or-introversion.asp

Unknown. (2013, November 23). Myers briggs type indicator - mbti . Retrieved from http://cup.blackboard.com/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_tab_group_id=_2_1&url=/webapps/blackboard/execute/launcher?type=Course&id=_21419_1&url=

Unknown. (2013, November 23). 16 personalities enfj personality. Retrieved from http://www.16personalities.com/enfj-personality

Unknown. (2013, November 23). The sixteen profiles at work, enfj smooth talking persuaders. Retrieved from http://cup.blackboard.com/bbcswebdav/pid-358828-dt-content-rid-6869976_1/courses/20142020868/ENFJ.pdf

Zemke, R. (1992). Second thoughts about the mbti. ProQuest Education Journals, 29(4), 43. Retrieved from http://cup.blackboard.com/bbcswebdav/pid-358824-dt-content-rid-6869994_1/xid-6869994_1
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