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Why Personality Type Is More Relevant Than Ever


Wed Aug 24 2022

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How is a method of understanding personality differences developed in the early 1900s still relevant today? The accuracy and relevance of Jungian Typology in psychology has been widely discussed, but in this blog, some basic facts will be presented for you to reach your own conclusions.

“Who Are You” is not just a song by The Who. It flows from our personality type, helping us understand what we may want to avoid and what is a principal component of our happiness. Learning about your personality type can help you understand how you acquire and distribute psychological energy, as well as the direction of that energy, which is known as extraversion (external) or introversion (internal). Personality types provide insights into the mental process for disseminating information about physical surroundings and mental concepts. This perception has two forms: sensing and intuiting. The mental process of forming decisions about perceived information is understood as deciding or making judgments, and the two forms of judgment are thinking and feeling. Personality types also help form an individual’s orientation to living, which determines how you interact with the outside world. The two methods of orientation relate to the mental processes of judgment and perception.


It takes time to learn about these elements of our personality type. Your personality type will determine why some things are attractive and compelling, while others are draining and irritating. According to Jung, an individual’s personality type is based on genetics, and it is not a good or bad characteristic. It is possible to adapt to different situations, but our personality type will always remain the same.

Knowledge of your personality type makes it easier to communicate with those with a different type. This awareness also prevents the development of mistaken beliefs that are based on personality differences. It reduces the number of snap judgements, minimizes conflict, and promotes cohesiveness by learning to accept others in the workplace. For teams, the strengths and limitations of personnel can be clearly outlined, saving time and money, improving productivity, and reducing tension.

The assessment of personality type must be accurate to be reliable. A valid assessment will give the professional and client informative and meaningful results. In selecting an assessment, it is necessary to evaluate the source as well as the research that confirms its accuracy and effectiveness. Once an assessment provider has been selected, the information must be distributed, and there must be training for the professionals who will be using it.

There is more involved than just choosing the assessment and receiving the training to provide feedback. It takes time to understand personality type! Although you may be using an accurate assessment, individuals must understand the concepts and be given enough time to let them sink in. Learning about your personality type should be an enjoyable and informative process. Once an individual has developed this understanding, they may want to learn more about situations in life that may promote or constrict their expression of their type. Good assessments allow deeper exploration into individual differences within a type, including the reasons why two individuals of the same type can seem so different at work. There should also be information about what personality elements the individual finds most and least accessible or useable.

The assessment chosen to provide an understanding of personality type should promote growth and development in the individual and understanding of their work experience. It shouldn’t just be something that is required by HR but something that provides helpful information for the clients’ lives during and after work. If employees see value in these efforts, it will lead to growth, development, and increased productivity.


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