Research paper on Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

In this part of the assignment, I have explored my personality preferences by completing Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MTBI). My four-lettered personality type is ESFJ (Extravert(1%) Sensing(1%) Feeling(19%) Judging(22%). Now, I will try to interpret my personality type. I have found that the representatives of ESFJ personality type are people who are focused on the external and deal with their personal value system, use their sensing and judging characteristics to deal with others, and use their five senses to evaluate the environment. As a rule, they “see problems clearly and delegate easily, work hard and play with zest”¯ (Butt, 2009, p.1). Moreover, ESFJs are dependable, but harmonizing extraverts who have certain talents to support others and supply them with everything they need in this or that situation. They are communicative, warm, considerate, friendly and thoughtful. The major goal of ESFJs is to bring people together. The representatives of ESFJ type of personality are often seen as “facilitators/ caretakers”¯ on a team (Berens et al., 2004, p. 44). They prefer to follow the established rules and regulations, and demonstrate their respect for authority. In addition, they always show concern about the needs of other people and help others to feel comfortable in this or that situation. Moreover, ESFJs pay special attention to interpersonal relationships. They always “foster positive relationships using cooperation, enthusiasm and consensus building”¯ (Berens et al., 2004, p. 44). ESFJs are often tend to be authoritarian and prefer to make decisions themselves. They have a talent to avoid conflicts. However, ESFJs may be too sensitive to criticism of other people and often ignore their own needs. In business, they often act “without a well-thought-out strategy”¯ (Berens et al., 2004, p. 46). In some cases, they may be inattentive to the necessity to act systematically and fail to control errors in a proper way. However, in the teamwork, ESFJs try to do everything possible to keep people in touch with each other. Among the famous people with the ESFJ type of personality are U.S. Presidents: William McKinley and William J. Clinton, Rachel McAdams (a Canadian actress), Nancy Kerrigan (U.S. Olympic figureskater), Elvis Stojko (Canadian Olympic figureskater), Martha Stewart (an American business magnate), Cindy Crawford (an American model). Part 2 My four-letter personality type is ESFJ. The website where I took the test is The four-letter type identified by the test is accurate because it accurately represents what I know about myself. I can agree with the description of practically all characteristics of ESFJ type of personality mentioned above. I am really a very friendly person, but often express my emotions. For example, I openly express my feelings if I face certain problems or somebody is wrong in his/her decision. That is why many people do not support me. I am open to communication and have good listening skills. For example, I can easily help others to solve their problems. I prefer to listen to others with attention and to give them an advisory opinion. I always help my friend Anny to solve her technical problems. I always encourage other students to participate in discussions. In addition, I prefer to keep things very orderly and expect other people to do the same. I always try to work hard. My parents and friends know that I am a reliable person. Three strengths of the ESFJ personality type: devotion to family and friends, enthusiasm and responsibility. Three weaknesses of the ESFJ personality type: manipulation of others in order to achieve personal goals, tendency to ignore one’s own needs and sacrifice too much for the sake of other people, and taking critical comments or feedback very personally. This test may be a valuable tool for employers because the classification of 16 personalities represented in the test helps employers to choose the appropriate employees, build successful teams and provide effective management. In addition, this test helps to emphasize the positive side of employees’ nature and can help to better understand their strengths and weaknesses. Today the Myers Briggs test is used extensively on those people who come into a company. Moreover, this test may be a valuable tool for clinicians because it provides a clear picture of an individual and describes the ways he/she is likely to behave in this or that situation based on the appropriate type of personality. In addition, this test can help clinicians to determine how an individual will evolve and change over a certain period of time. The Myers Briggs Type Indicator is an effective tool for non-psychiatric populations not only in the field of clinical and personality assessment, but also in counseling (Berens et al., 2004, p. 47). Through this exercise, I have learnt a lot about myself. First of all, I have learnt that I am “a facilitator-caretaker”¯. It is true. If I know that I can help people, I do it. If I know that they are wrong, I will help them to realize that they are wrong. Secondly, I have learnt that I can ignore my own needs, or just forget about my own needs, sacrificing too much for the sake of others. Thirdly, I have learnt that I need approval or validation from other people in order to feel good. Fourthly, now I understand that I can be hurt by indifference and I hate unkindness.

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