What's the best way to learn your personality type for sure?May 24, 2021
What is Myers-Briggs?
Myers-Briggs is a system created by Isabel Myers and Katherine Briggs as an expansion on the Personality Archetype work of famed psychologist Carl Jung. Myers and Briggs took the archetypes created by Carl Jung, focused on learning styles and decision-making styles, and adapted them for use in workplace hiring in a time when the workforce needed more women to take the place of men who were drafted into the military.
With the time period being what it was and women not working much, there wasn't much room to hire on the merits of experience, so this system was originally used to hire based on personality. While hiring isn't the focus much anymore, the system has continued to be used in workplace team building and calibration of business growth but the implications for personal development have been growing as coaching, marketing, and exploring interpersonal dynamics tool.
How does DOPEamine use Myers-Briggs?
One of the key visions for DOPEamine is to talk about using Myers-Briggs for day-to-day calibration to check in with your mental state, environment, relationships, career, and self-care to see if you're accurately nurturing how your mind is wired.
This means, in a nutshell, that your Myers-Briggs personality type is a way of defining what "normal" is for you. And defining your sense of normal is a big step towards quelling everyday challenges like comparison, self-criticism, and everyday forms of anxiety.
This means using this tool as a means to help you calibrate to your version of normal instead of society's version of normal. In a scientific sense, it's establishing a "control" for who you are to get a better sense of when something is not quite right.
What does it mean to have a personality type?
Think of your best-fit type as the way of learning and making decisions that your mind rubber-bands back to. We can learn skills around other kinds of thinking and behavior as we adjust to our environment (which is totally normal) but pushing too far can create psychological challenges and unhealthy levels of stress. It's kind of like trying to push down a beach ball in a pool...it'll pop back up no matter how much force you apply.
That means if you're struggling with daily challenges, repeated failures and not knowing which way is normal then a profiling session is a vital tool to know your best-fit type and figure out your control point to know when something is off. Not just a gut feeling but to know for sure what's up and what to do about it.
Why does your Personality Type matter?
Myers-Briggs is an amazing tool for reclaiming your center and calibrating to your everyday needs. If you know how your brain is wired, you can know when you're being stretched too thin and get yourself back on track. Doctors and therapy help for the big picture of chemical challenges that are beyond our pay grade. What we help with is to better manage the bouts of everyday despair that we face with the tools that personal development offers. This doesn't mean dissociating or eliminating your problems but how to better ride the waves. And riding those waves can bring into flow or at least give us enough of what we need to feel encouraged to go on for another day. When we honor our personality, those feel-good chemicals flow and give us the energy and clarity we need to go forward. Sometimes when life stretches us thin, we simply need to make a change.
None of this is a quick fix, patch, or magic pill for any mental illness but honoring our personality needs can make symptoms easier to manage by not fighting against those needs. Through the discovery process of a profiling session, we determine who you are, what your challenges are, and what your superpower is to see if anything is being neglected to then determine where you can go next...if that's therapy, coaching, or one of our programs.
Plenty of people find out that everything is already going great! You don't need to be in a difficult place to find out your personality type. That validation of being on a good path is also helpful.
Who wouldn't want to know that they're on the right track? Ultimately, it's about discovering your path forward, regardless of what that looks like.
Who needs to know their type?
Not everyone NEEDS to know their type but it's helpful to know if everything is okay and if not, we help you uncover your next steps.
Can I just take an online test?
You can but you'll only get so much out of it. Self-assessment relies on how much you know about yourself and no way of applying context to the explanations of your type. Type descriptions can be generic and may only make you more confused.
Working one-on-one with a trained profiler creates a feeling of trust and certainty that we're being thorough. We want to give you confidence that we'll support you without judgment and support your journey of self-discovery. We want to get it right, make it a safe space, and allow you to rest your shoulders when we're done.
What is personality profiling?
Have you ever felt a sense that there are other people out there like you? ...or a feeling that some people don't quite think the same way you do? ...or that you can't do what some others do no matter how hard you try? ...or that some things that are obvious to you aren't quite so obvious to others? Personality Profiling is a deep dive into why that is through an interview, verification, and explanation process of determining your best-fit personality type.
Specifically, Myers-Briggs personality profiling. You know, the four-letter code you've probably heard of at work or some Facebook group. Chances are you've identified with at least one of the 16 types: INTP, ENTP, ESTP, ISTP, ESFP, ENFP, INFP, ISFP, ESFJ, ISFJ, ESTJ, ISTJ, ENFJ, INFJ, ENTJ, INTJ I ask you all sorts of questions about yourself, your life, and whatever you're willing to share.
What makes a profiling session different from taking a test is that I get to experience your energy in real-time and notice your unconscious behavior.
An online test can't quite do that.
This is because online tests are self-assessment tests that require you to know strongly who you are...and well, you probably wouldn't be searching for your personality type if you fully knew who you are. That's a bit of the paradox of personality tests BUT they are great starting points for personal growth.
An online test can't coach you or give you advice based on your experience and context. If you need a little advice on how to move forward, this is something we do provide within profiling sessions as the needs come up.
Almost all profiling sessions include some form of coaching to give you some direction if needed.
Why should I get a profiling session?
These sessions are about 45 minutes to 2-hours on average and consist of answering questions from a real person over Zoom or in-person about you, your life, and what it means to be you to determine how you recharge, how you make decisions, how you learn and how you prefer to show up to the world. We then verify your type, meaning you confirm who you are as opposed to the profiler just telling you, followed by an expansive explanation and integration of your personality type to include to your personal context and ways to incorporate this new knowledge into your day-to-day life.
Can you profile kids?
Not at the moment. Young children are typically a bit more difficult to type and there are ethical reasons that I may not want to as I'm not comfortable in the area of child development. I can work with parents, however, in how to support their children's day-to-day needs and better understand their tendency. I stress that this is more so for the parent to have patience, support, and respect for their child...not as a tool for tempering or control.
Do you have any specialties?
I tend to focus on INTPs because that's my best-fit type, which makes me familiar with that growth path and brain wiring more intimately. INTPs tend to prefer self-assessing their own type but that can have its limitations and be a confusing process, so getting some support can be a nice launching pad for an INTP looking to confirm their type and begin their growth.
This video explains why:
What's so special about INTPs?
I've personality witnessed INTPs struggling to fit in, which is a part of my personal story as well. INTPs can have much of their motivation, inspiration, and drive kicked out of them at a young age because curiosity isn't always a welcomed trait. From here, an INTP may struggle with overidentifying with this disconnection and either lean into what people perceive them to be, become antagonistic to others, or give up altogether.
One of my missions with DOPEamine is to encourage you as an INTP to take personal responsibility for your growth, trust in your logic, your ability to connect and contribute to the world. I offer loving support and tough love to INTPs who need it in the areas of motivation, productivity, and defining a future for themselves.
The process of creating DOPEamine has saved my life.
When I felt like I had no more control and was doomed to be a failure over and over, I discovered the difference between my personality and my mental illness through websites like Personality Hacker, Personality Junkie, Psychology Junkie, the books of A.J. Drenth, Dario Nardi and more. This journey of self-discovery enabled me to go forward in ways I could never have imagined. I now want to do that for others and leave the world a better place than I found it. Supporting people feels wonderful and the sense of relief, joy, and curiosity someone gets at the end of a profiling session is amazing to experience.
How do I book a session?
Right this way. Just select the date and time that works for you.
If the time you want isn't available just email [email protected] and we may be able to coordinate a custom time slot.
Isn't knowing your personality type like putting yourself into a box?
Truth is, we put ourselves into boxes all the time. Shallow boxes.
We create stereotypes around ideas like gender, race, height, size, etc. that we're battling every day. Personality is a window into a deeper sense of self and a way to see others beyond the boxes we already use to better examine our and others' experiences.
With this personal insight, we can begin to look at people for who they are and not who we perceive them to be. It makes the unconscious, conscious, and shines light on what we don't quite understand about daily life which allows for greater understanding, greater opportunities for connection, and far less hate in the world...because we tend to hate what we fear, and we fear what we don't understand.
We're all complex humans with complex ideas, loves, wants, and needs. While there are commonalities of the human experiences and 16 general archetypes of brain wiring within the Myers-Briggs system, there are still 7+ billion different personalities with different cultures, experiences, upbringings, and perspectives that need to all be seen and respected for who they are.
Personality Archetypes are simply a way of understanding your center, your north star, for when you're asked by life, your environment, and the people around you to go too far away from what God, Allah, Buddha, The Universe, whatever you turn to, has given you.
Do you have any advanced lessons, courses, and coaching?
Yes, we have courses on this website you can browse to see what suits your needs. We have a Mighty Networks community in which we talk about more in-depth topics with those seeking expanded support. And we do have coaching options if you already know your type and need support in a specific area.
Can I learn to personality profile?
At the moment I'm only doing work trades in exchange for personality profiling apprenticeships. So send me an email at [email protected] and let me know what you can help with. We can always use support in writing articles, e-mails, posting youtube videos, Instagram, and other marketing opportunities.
What if I have more questions?
Send us an e-mail to [email protected]