Aspects of Personality
Professor Sally Gill
PS330-02: Personality Development
February 15, 2014
Aspects of Personality
The main purpose of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality assessment is to make Jung’s theory useful in each individual’s life (Friedman & Schustack, 2012). Carl G. Jung looked at personality in terms of the person’s goals and future orientation, and he called his theory the analytic psychology; according to Jung the mind is divided into three parts the conscious ego, the personal unconscious, and the collective unconscious (Friedman & Schustack, 2012). I will be going over the outcomes of my MBTI and if I agree with the results; how the MBTI relates to Jung’s theory; how will the results help me as a counselor; and if I will use this self-assessment tool with my clients.
The results of my MBTI personality assessment was INFJ; with 56% being introvert, 38% intuitive, 12% feeling, and 33% judging (HumanMetrics, 2014). In the assessment, I had moderate preference of introversion over extraversion, moderate preference of intuition over sensing, slight preference of feeling over thinking, and moderate preference of judging over perceiving (HumanMetrics, 2014). INFJs are complicated characters they are idealists, dreamers and doers; these individuals are quite concerned with their relationships as well as the state of humanity (Heiss & Butt, n.d). INFJ individuals are usually mistaken for extroverts because they seem to be so outgoing and are truly interested in people; however, they are true introverts and can only be emotionally intimate and satisfied with close group of friends, family, and soul mates (Heiss & Butt, n,d). This is why the INFJs trait is good in counseling, because this assessment would indicate that the counselor would have a closer connection to the counselee and their emotions.
At a first glance, I didn’t agree with these results but after reading further into it I must say that, I do agree with this outcome. I like doing things alone or with the people I am extremely comfortable around, I much rather go on a run by myself to reflect on things before making decisions. My husband says I overthink the littlest things instead of quickly making a decision; and a lot of people think I am very anti-social; because I’m usually verybquiet; and won’t take the time to approach me or befriend me. I tend to focus on the big picture instead of the details and I suppose that is why I scored 38% intuitive. I am not sure if only scoring 12% feeling is a good thing, but I usually make decisions with my heart for example I left the army to make a life with my family, and husband; I took a leap of faith and it worked for my benefit. At the time when I made this decision if I would have actually put a lot of thought into it I might would have chosen to take my son and go back home with my family. I try to make everyone happy. This last part is what I had a hard time with moderate preference of judging over perceiving, at first I thought I practiced perceiving behavior over judging. I had judging confused with judgment, I can understand why I scored higher on judging because the J preference for closure and completion makes me a doer (Heiss & Butt, n.d). I make lists and my decision making process is very precise and final; which drives my husband crazy, because for both of us there is no room for changing minds after a decision has been made.
The MBTI assessment relates to Jung’s theory of personality development because it helps each individual understand their selves in a deeper level, and it also explains how you can have different personalities and each has their own weakness or strength. For example, an individual can be an introvert and an extrovert but the introversion will be stronger than the extraversion. The MBTI relates to Jung’s theory of personality development because it was based on his ideas of judgment...
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