I’m sure you’ve heard of the MBTI before, or the ‘Myers-Briggs’ for short. Those 4 letters that can help us to understand how we make decisions and how we learn. You may or may not recall your type. I had been exposed to it back when I was in college, and that first professional job, and then that was about all.
Well, I rediscovered it a while back, and it has gone so deep and has become so helpful that I wanted to share more about my journey with the Myers-Briggs with you.
When I took the assessments – way back, in my late teens and early 20s, I typed as ISTJ.. the ‘Logistician’.. organized, orderly, strong sense of duty, practical… and I was, or I tried really hard to be that Logistician. I chose a career in Information Technology, and I lived as an ISTJ.. so much doing for others and being practical that I drove myself to utter exhaustion. When you’re trying to be someone you’re not, it’s extremely draining. Even when you don’t know that you’re doing it.
I found my mentor, Merja Sumiloff, through PersonalityHacker.com. I had come out of adrenal fatigue and was recovering, and I had been cracked open to some personal development work by some amazing horses, and our facilitator, Juli Lynch of Epala. And I took some personality tests again, and I was typing as an INFP.. the ‘Healer’. Which was strange to me, because I thought I was an ISTJ, but what I read about INFP types really resonated with me. Like that was who I truly was inside, not what I had been trying so hard to be. Interestingly, that is a flip of three of the four functions… from Sensing to Intuiting, from Thinking to Feeling, from Judger to Perceiver.
As I worked more with Merja, she helped me fill in some big holes in my understanding of who I was. For instance, why I chose to study Information Technology (IT) in college .. it was because I was completely burned out with dealing with other people’s emotions. An INFP naturally processes everything through the ‘what feels right to me?’ filter. Well, by that time, dealing with people and their emotions was just not something that I could handle. Data, computers, logic .. that was a peaceful and safe place to be.
And my adrenal fatigue in my mid-forties? Well, I had spent so much time, energy and focus on trying to be what I wasn’t.. trying to look like that organized, orderly, practical person.. my body just said ‘Enough….This life that you’re living is not worth summoning up the energy for anymore, and so I won’t.’
These are just a few examples of how learning more about the MBTI can be a powerful tool to self-discovery. Want to know more? I’d love to chat with you about personality type and personal growth! Feel free to drop me an email at info<at>oneradiantlife.com or respond in the comments section!