We blog a lot about personality types, and how different parts of your personality type can help you make better decisions in your life.We may be a little biased, but we think this information can change your life for the better.
Here are 6 reasons why knowing your personality type can change your life (for the better!).
1. It answers the question WHY
Personality type can help you better understand yourself and those around you. On the most basic level, knowing your personality type can help you answer the personal “why” question. You think a certain way and feel a certain way, but often it’s hard to understand why especially when other people aren’t thinking or feeling the same way. Why do you feel more comfortable planning out your vacation while someone else feels uncomfortable or even anxious planning out their trip and would rather have no schedule at all? Why you can network with the best of them and you’re not shy but you crave solitude after an hour or two of meet-and-greets. Understanding why you think, feel and act the way you do not only gives you piece of mind but…(continue to #2)
2. It helps you figure out HOW
Now that you know the why, you can use that information to apply to present and future situations (and even look back into the past) to better understand how you can achieve more than you have. Knowing your personality type can help you find better answers to questions like, “how can I be happier”, “how do I find a career I’m passionate about”, “how can I better communicate with my(husband, wife, sister, mother, brother, father, friend, boyfriend, girlfriend, boss, coworker, etc.)”, “how do I stay motivated?” or “how can I make better decisions.” The amazing thing about understanding your personality is that the insights are actionable and applicable to nearly every situation in your life and can help you change for the better.
3. Personality + Situation = Behavior
You can’t predict what sort of situations you’ll find yourself in over your lifetime, but you probably have a good idea that at some point there will be conflict, at some point you’ll be stressed, but hopefully most of the time the situations will be positive. What you can learn about yourself is your personality, and then knowing your personality and reading about different situations, you can start to predict your own behavior. Then you can change your behavior – which is ultimately what a lot of us want to do to be happier. For example, maybe when you’re stressed you tend to binge on Netflix and eat things you know you shouldn’t, or you start catastrophizing possible future outcomes in your mind. Knowing your personality and what common behaviors are associated with certain situations (conflict, stress, change, love) you can learn to stop behavior you don’t want to happen and try other behaviors instead of just letting these behaviors run on autopilot.
4. Want to be happier? Start here
There are things you can change, and things you can’t. When you’re looking at ways of improving your life and ultimately becoming happier, you have to look at the things you have control over. You don’t have control over certain parts of your personality, BUT you have control over changing your environments, your schedule and how you spend your time, and what your behavior is. Knowing more about your unique personality can help you be happier by first telling you how you’re most comfortable based on your personality preferences and second how best to play to your own strengths and address your own weaknesses, whether that be in your career, in your free time, in your relationships (and speaking of relationships…)
5. It’s about you and it’s also about them
Learning about your Myers-Briggs personality preferences can tell you a lot about yourself, a lot about yourself if we’re being honest. But another added benefit of knowing about your personality type is to better understand them – the people around you whom you work with, interact with, go to family gatherings with, fight with, date, marry, take care of, pretty much anyone you have a social interaction with. By understanding your personality, you also understand what your personality is not, and can start to see differences in those around you in a deeper way. You have a language to think about and talk about differences in what energizes you, how you make decisions, how you take in information, and more. If you’ve understood the concept of “self-awareness”, think of this as the next logical step – “others-awareness.”
6. Ready for the “ah-ah!” moments?
Assim que compreenda a base do tipo de personalidade, pode usar esse conhecimento olhando apenas à sua volta. Comece a observar os seus próprios comportamentos, os altos e baixos e as interações com as pessoas à sua volta e depois pense em termos de tipo de personalidade. Chamamos a isto os momentos “ah-ah!” e, acredite, as pessoas que aprendem sobre o seu tipo de personalidade e compreendem o quadro básico têm estes momentos inúmeras vezes. Situações que eram frustrantes tornam-se mais claras e, então, as pessoas começam a fazer mudanças na sua vida porque compreendem o que realmente precisam e como é o melhor funcionamento na relação com o resto do mundo.
Pretty powerful if you ask us.
Original article “6 Reasons Why Knowing Your Personality Type Can Change Your Life”
by Melissa (in MBTI Online)