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One of the first things they teach you about marketing is that you must know your own strengths and weaknesses in addition to those of your nearest competitor. For most of us, picking out the strengths and weaknesses of another is a piece of cake, but examining ourselves is a whole different story. Taking a peek under the hood of our own engine is a scary thought, perhaps even impossible for some.

One of our life-mottoes here at Blue Duck is that relationships matter. In fact, we believe life is all about relationships, everything else is just fluff or icing on the cake. That doesn’t make us relationship experts, or even mean that we get it right all the time. It just means that we expend considerable energy on improving and maintaining personal and professional relationships.

For those who don’t already know, I’m in the process of getting my Master’s Degree in Psychology in my spare time. In my studies, we took a look at Carl Jung and his theory on personality development, and I wanted to share that experience with you.

In my former life as an RN, I was responsible for providing a monthly inservice for employees, and I often chose to present an overview of differing personality types. When reading about Jung’s theories, I was instantly intrigued by the similarities and differences in Jung’s views when compared to what I had taught. So, I took the Carl Jung and Isabel Myers-Briggs typology test to see how I would score according to Jung’s categories. I was shocked to see such an accurate depiction of my complex personality. (Less than one percent of the population has the same personality type as I do.)

Empathy

All too often, we tend to view the world strictly through the rose colored glasses of our own thoughts and experiences and fail to infuse our relational interactions with a modest amount of empathy. We are often incapable of seeing things from another’s point of view.

In order to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, you must 1) get to know that person beyond the veneer of social fronts, 2) understand the motivating forces directing that person’s behavior, and 3) often take into consideration the major life events that helped shape that person’s view of the world.

Empathy is a powerful tool, in both personal and professional relationships. It can help you analyze your own strengths and weaknesses (as well as those of your competition) and strengthen the quality of your relationships. Empathy can help diffuse a confrontational situation, provide a connection to a new acquaintance, and produce insight into the behaviors of those around you. It is a crucial component of healthy relationships.

One tool that can help you increase your level of empathy is personality typing, like the one provided by Jung. You can take your own personality test for free here: Carl Jung and Isabel Myers-Briggs typology.

Understanding your own personality is often the first step in personal growth and professional achievement. It’s one of those little nuggets of truth in life that should be taught universally, at least in my opinion. If you would like to learn more about personality types, a popular view is the Four Temperaments. And for those of you familiar with Jung’s theories, I am not supporting all of his views. As with many of the major personality theorists that shape our modern view of psychology, he produced some insightful elements and some wonky ones. If you would like to read more about Jung’s personality theory relevant to the MBTI scoring, PeopleMaps has a decent post about the subject.

If you are interested, I scored as an INTP. My personality is that of a Rational Architect. If you’d like to comment on your own MBTI results, feel free to drop me an email or start a discussion below. You may be shocked at what your test results reveal. 😀

21 thoughts on “Strengths and Weaknesses

  1. I never thought a personality type would ever be attached to me. But lately, I’ve been far more open to the kind of idea. I’m just wondering what kind of type I am and how does that affect me and my relationships with the people around me?

    Matthew Dryden´s last spectacular blog post..I Quit (A Foggy Start)

  2. I never thought a personality type would ever be attached to me. But lately, I’ve been far more open to the kind of idea. I’m just wondering what kind of type I am and how does that affect me and my relationships with the people around me?

    Matthew Dryden´s last spectacular blog post..I Quit (A Foggy Start)

  3. Hey Jamie,
    I couldn’t agree more – relationships matter. And I’m believing this more and more everyday. There is so much deeper we can get with others, and when we really understand another, when we really get to the core – this is when I think we reach much more meaningful connections.

    And then…you’re part of just 1%? I say that makes you unique. Well…we’re all unique. So, now I’m curious where I fall in all of this (fall??). I’ll let you know how it comes out…

    Lance´s last spectacular blog post..Sunday Thought For The Day

  4. Hey Jamie,
    I couldn’t agree more – relationships matter. And I’m believing this more and more everyday. There is so much deeper we can get with others, and when we really understand another, when we really get to the core – this is when I think we reach much more meaningful connections.

    And then…you’re part of just 1%? I say that makes you unique. Well…we’re all unique. So, now I’m curious where I fall in all of this (fall??). I’ll let you know how it comes out…

    Lance´s last spectacular blog post..Sunday Thought For The Day

  5. Hey Matthew! I used to think the same thing…. years and years ago. 🙂 You know, as a fiction writer, personality typing is also a great way to flesh out very realistic characters. It helps gives you insight into what your character might do next, or what shapes their views on love. It can actually make your writing better.

  6. Hey Matthew! I used to think the same thing…. years and years ago. 🙂 You know, as a fiction writer, personality typing is also a great way to flesh out very realistic characters. It helps gives you insight into what your character might do next, or what shapes their views on love. It can actually make your writing better.

  7. Mr. Lance, This was actually a lot of fun. I think you’ll enjoy it. 🙂 And yes, I’m evidently rare. I told my husband and he said, “no wonder you drive me crazy!” I think my oldest son is an ENTP, making us very similar, except for the extroversion thing. I don’t know how we got an extrovert in the family, but it’s making thing interesting. 🙂 It’s good to hear from you!

  8. Mr. Lance, This was actually a lot of fun. I think you’ll enjoy it. 🙂 And yes, I’m evidently rare. I told my husband and he said, “no wonder you drive me crazy!” I think my oldest son is an ENTP, making us very similar, except for the extroversion thing. I don’t know how we got an extrovert in the family, but it’s making thing interesting. 🙂 It’s good to hear from you!

  9. Sean, no, I think it was like 50 yes or no questions. It took under 10 minutes. I think you’ll be pleased with the results. Yours should come as no surprise. 🙂

  10. Sean, no, I think it was like 50 yes or no questions. It took under 10 minutes. I think you’ll be pleased with the results. Yours should come as no surprise. 🙂

  11. Sean,

    😀 Mother Theresa and Writer Dad, yeah, I can see that.

    I wasn’t sure if you would turn up introverted or extroverted, it balances Cindy’s personality well I bet.

  12. Sean,

    😀 Mother Theresa and Writer Dad, yeah, I can see that.

    I wasn’t sure if you would turn up introverted or extroverted, it balances Cindy’s personality well I bet.

  13. Well, Sean, we are also less than 1% of the population, you and I. The book has a much better explanation, though I found a few sites that explain it okay. INFJ=enigma, even to themselves, lol. Glad to meet another one. Eleanor Roosevelt is also a type for us, and I am certainly an introvert.

    We are the vision people, and so intuitive we don’t even know where it all comes from. 🙂

    BJ Keltz´s last spectacular blog post..Artistic Endeavors

  14. Well, Sean, we are also less than 1% of the population, you and I. The book has a much better explanation, though I found a few sites that explain it okay. INFJ=enigma, even to themselves, lol. Glad to meet another one. Eleanor Roosevelt is also a type for us, and I am certainly an introvert.

    We are the vision people, and so intuitive we don’t even know where it all comes from. 🙂

    BJ Keltz´s last spectacular blog post..Artistic Endeavors

  15. Hey BJ, Well, aren’t we all just the big bunch of oddballs? Must be why we all like each other so much, huh? 🙂

    It’s too funny that you and Sean are the same personality types. I’ll have to think on that one. 😀

  16. Hey BJ, Well, aren’t we all just the big bunch of oddballs? Must be why we all like each other so much, huh? 🙂

    It’s too funny that you and Sean are the same personality types. I’ll have to think on that one. 😀

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