Do you know your personality type? Have you ever wondered what makes you different from everybody else on the planet?
Every human is unique and is born with certain traits. As you grow, learn, see, hear, taste, smell and touch your personality and individuality develop. The human psyche is a fascinating topic and through my studies of life coaching, I have developed a strong interest in personality type inventory and assessment tools. Personality profiling is not new, in fact the personality type theory and assessment has been around for decades and is one of many key tools used for personal and professional development. So, how is coaching applicable to personality type?
From my experiences and beliefs, coaching can assist individuals to awaken and unlock their inner potential. In working with clients, I have found that after completing a personality type assessment, combined with a report and a 75-minute coaching session, individuals are able to identify, understand and increase their self-awareness. The information obtained from a personality assessment tool is powerful and eye opening! With coaching, it enables you to understand your motivators, stressors, natural strengths and potential areas for development.
The concept of psychological type theory describes personality as a group of preferences for how an individual is energised, how they take in information, make decisions and choose to relate to the external world. The ideas and theory behind personality type are useful for recognising how an individual communicates, influences, collaborates, negotiates, prioritises and manages stress (Hirsh, 2011).
A Personality Type Inventory (PTI) is an assessment tool that builds on 90 years of psychological research about personality types from Carl G. Jung, Katherine Briggs and Isabel Briggs-Myers. Psychological type is a theory of personality developed by Jung to explain the normal differences between healthy people. Jung devoted his life to understanding and defining the human psyche. In his research, Jung identified Extroverted and Introverted behaviour and the variations between four mental processes. Jung described two irrational processes for perceiving information; Sensing and Intuition. He also described two rational processes for judgement and making decisions; Thinking and Feeling.
Jung made it clear that all four functions are necessary in our daily life. Differences in these mental functions and the person’s preferred function will lead to fundamental differences between individuals. Generally an individual will use in order their dominant function followed by their second preference, the auxiliary function. Both of these functions work closely together. The tertiary function is the third preference. The least preferred is the fourth function, otherwise known as the inferior function (Briggs Myer, 1998). Each these four mental functions have a usual pattern of development as people age during life and I have discovered that adults between 30-40 benefit most from a personality profile assessment and coaching session.
Understanding your own personality type is a journey of self-development and can resolve many questions about what makes you unique! If you want to know more about your personality type, contact me now for more information or visit the following link – Understanding your Personality Type.