Although Confucius was a very wise man I think before you take that first step on any journey you need to first work out where you are, and where you're heading. Otherwise you'll set off in the wrong direction.
So the first posts on this blog are going to focus on helping you understanding your make up and motives. Followed by working out where you want to get to in life and ways of structuring your goals and the steps towards them.
Where to start...?
Well lets start with a few psychometric assessments - and first up my personal favorite the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment.
This is designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions, and builds on the theories of Carl Jung. Jung proposed the existence of two separate pairs of cognitive functions:
- The "rational" (judging) functions: thinking and feeling
- The "irrational" (perceiving) functions: sensing and intuition
From Jung's original concepts, Briggs and Myers developed their own theory of psychological type, described below, on which the MBTI is based.
When our minds are active, we are involved in one of two mental activities:
- Perceiving - Taking in information.
- Judging - Organizing that information and coming to conclusions.
- Sensing -
- Intuition -
- Thinking -
- Feeling -
- Extraverts - focus more on the external world of people, experience, & activity.
- Introverts - focus more on the internal world of ideas, memories, & emotions.
To work out which of the 16 types you are here's a quick test:-
Now with most of these types of test, it will only tell you what you have told it, and how you're feeling or whats going on around you can alter the result.
For example I tend to fluctuate from an ENFP to a INFP depending on what kind of day I'm having in work.
Everyone is different and these are broad categories, and a bit of fun, to really start you thinking about your personality and what motivates you.
Once you've done the test check out some funny descriptions:-
For the rest of the week I'll continue with posts around Myers-Briggs and how the personality types can be used to look at careers, dating, motivation etc etc...