Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Insecure Wednesdays. Yay, I remembered this time!
My biggest insecurity these days is over marketing. I just don’t have the personality for it. Have you ever taken the personality test that gives you 4 letters to describe your personality? It’s called the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. I think the first time I took this test was in my college psychology class. I’ve taken it a few other times with the same results. Anyway, after you take the test you receive four letters. Here are the possibilities:
I = Introvert or E = Extrovert
S = Sensing or N = Intuitive
F = Feeling or T = Thinking
J = Judging or P = Perception
Then after you take the test you get a combination like INFJ (which is my type), but you mostly likely won’t get INFJ because (as I found out) only 4% of the human population have this type.
Being an Introvert in an Extrovert world is probably the continual struggle of my life. One time I had this college class where we got into a big group and had to discuss business trends of the future. Part of the activity involved just jumping into the conversation while the teacher observed. I swear I thought I was going to fail the class. When I tried to participate, I felt like I was interrupting. Somehow, I managed to pull off a B.
But then I noticed that I have no trouble talking in a group of people that I know well. That just comes naturally. But I didn’t know the people in the class well enough. On the other hand, I have taught small classes of adults and middle schoolers computer stuff without a problem. The middle schoolers were a handful too, but they were kids and since I have kids…I was not intimidated.
Overall, I would not make a good game show host or a cruise director. I don't have experience with being popular.
Anyway, this test has always interested me because I like psychology, and I’m a listener more than a talker. My favorite thing is to just talk to one interesting person and get to know them really well. I like to explore one mind at a time.
But then my other problem is I get in with a small close group of people that I just love and I feel so content I don’t want to widen out.
Now take big forums like the Kindleboards and Absolute Write. I have never managed to feel comfortable on those. I just feel like a small voice that nobody is going to hear.
As you can see, I’m a complicated case when it comes to marketing.
Anyway, please share your type. I figure many of you do know since the test has been around for ages, but if you don’t know or want to recheck…you can take the test free.
You can take the test here:
Then you can go here to read more about yourself (also free).
Lastly, there is one other fear I have lately. My job is going okay, but I see several people working overtime, and now I'm afraid of overtime swallowing up every last bit of free time I have. I have 3 people who depend on me to at least be home in the late afternoon/evening..I can't do overtime, except maybe on a rare occasion. *sigh*