My husband forwarded this interesting infographic to me last week. It uses the Myers-Briggs types but inverts them to describe what stresses different types out. Josh is an ISFJ and I’m somewhere between an ENTJ and ENTP. Once we got started talking about it of course I pulled out my handy copy of Please Understand Me (I feel like everyone should own this book–it’s an indispensable reference).
I know that some people deplore personality types as an indulgent way to excuse bad behavior, but I see them as a helpful means of understanding tendencies so that you can communicate and work together better.
For example, the infographic highlights that two things that stress Josh’s type out are indecision and last minute changes. His type likes established routine. However, my type really dislikes established routines, and is known for constantly trying new ways to improve systems (I think this is why I read so much in the time and life management genre). I doubt that I’ll convert him to the joys of constantly tweaking in pursuit of efficiency, and he’s not likely to make me like mundane tasks, but somehow knowing these things about each other is really helpful.
If you’re interested in personality types, really the best and most exhaustive resource I’ve found is Please Understand Me (link is to my longer review). It gets at a lot of the nuances of types that simplified overviews can’t cover.
Do you know your personality type? Do you find the concept helpful or annoying?