Saturday, July 19, 2014

A-100, Week 3

A-100 continues and I'm learning that it's much more of an orientation than a training. I'm continuing to meet my classmates and get to know them much better.

One of the most interesting exercises from Week 3 has been a discussion on the Meyers Briggs personality indicator.

Even though it's based on a buzzfeed-quiz interpretation of Carl Jung's 19th century psychological theories (which are obviously problematic in of themselves), the State Department is all about Meyers Briggs. And, despite my protestations, I kind of am too.

In my opinion, the MBTI (Meyers Briggs Type Indicator) is not really any better than a horoscope. There are a myriad of ways that humans can be, and MBTI is often misinterpreted and misused as a personality catergorizer, rather than an indicator of how we tend to act on a spectrum of four different measures. However, like horoscopes, MBTI gives us a vocabulary and framework to look at our personalitis and how we interact with others. In this, it's been very helpful.

I tend toward ESTJ. How that comes out in my personality (in my own opinion and words):
E: I get my energy from being around other people. I often think by talking.
S: I think this is a big-picture vs. details type thing, but I don't really remember. 
T: I value decisions based more on logic than on emotion. I like solutions that "work well" rather than those that "feel good"
J: I like to plan, I like lists. However, I'm les consistent on this spectrum, as I'm often late and I don't get flustered (in fact, I thrive) when things go off-script.

Knowing about how I perceive of and interact with the world has helped me be more self-aware when working with my new colleagues, and maybe it will also help me understand my relationships with other people in my life as well.