Thursday, January 17, 2008

Psychology: Self-Assessment on Personality Type

By Sudipa Sarkar
Introduction

Self-assessment is defined as the process of collecting information about oneself in order to make a clear evaluation about various self as well as to synchronize the information to the development and modification of various life-related decisions. The primary implication of self-assessment is observed in the career planning process conducted by expert career development professionals. A general self-assessment tool may include different factors such as values, interests, personality and skills. This paper aims at analyzing the personality type by using Myer-Briggs Type Indicator based on Jung’s model of personality as both caused by its past (particularly by its inherited archetypes) and directed towards its goals for future development.

Problem

To assess the psychological functioning of an individual (self) that directs the personality type.

Method

a) Subject
This assessment has been conducted on individual-self.
b) Materials
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Answer Sheet and Scoring Key.
c) Procedure
This test comes in two parts. The first part consists of 26 questions with two alternatives. The second part contains 24 pair of words.

Results

Table I: Showing the scores of the subject in MBTI

Personality Type: ENFP

Discussion

The Myer-Briggs personality test is intended to analysis and measure the functions of ego or conscious mind and the self comprising both conscious and unconscious aspects of the mind as well as the orientation of ego towards the world by means of either of two attitudes. According to Jung, the ego comprises of two separate modalities – thinking and feeling, generating four distinct functions each of which may act as the basis for an individual temperament. The thinking modality may function either at two levels – active or passive. While active, it is engaged in rational cope-up process acting on the problem or event, known as intellect or simply thinking. When passive, it becomes irrational guided by unconscious processes, known as intuition. The feeling modality, on the other hand, may also act in either rational or irrational direction. The former protocol is known as judgments, directing towards subjective evaluation, whereas, the latter protocol is called perceiving. In addition to the four functions, the ego orients itself towards the world by means of one or another of two attitudes – extraversion or introversion. Extraversion is defined as the psychic energy directing towards the world outside oneself, whereas, introversion is featured as the psychic phenomenon directing towards within oneself. The objective of the test is to identify the dominant function of each pair – (E or I), (S or N), (T or F) and (P or J). The data reveals from the table (I), the personality type of the subject (self) is ENFP, that is, Extraversion-Intuition-Feeling-Perceiving type. According to Isabel Myers and Carl Jung, the middle two letters of the personality code is described as the dominant ‘mental functions’. In the case of the subject, the dominant mental functions comprises of Intuition and Feeling, implying that the subject prefer to follow the intuitive process over the sensation as well as the subject gives preference to feeling over the thinking process. The ENFP type is characterized by the quick, ingenious and good at many things. This type is stimulated by association, is alert and outspoken in nature. This type is, in particular, resourceful in solving new and challenging problems, but may neglect routine assignments. This type shows a great skill in finding compelling reason to fulfill the needs as well as comes with a quick solution for any kind of difficulty and ready to help anyone with a problem. This type shows an immense inclination on their ability to improvise instead of preparing in advance. In their intellectual level, this type is generally fond of theorizing own ideas and concepts. The type is particularly identifiable with the creative workers such as entertainers, artists, public demonstrators where their role accompanies the creative ideas to bloom into the air, whereas, the career options comprising of not initiating projects but choosing among possibilities, setting up with realistic goals, establishing priorities and limiting scope in accordance to resources might not be as much suitable as the former options.
On analyzing the results found from the self-assessment of my personality type, I came to learn that how my personality dynamics and ego orientation are responsible for my creative instinct. Being an amateur artist, I understood the basis of my psychological functioning incorporating the unconscious aspects of my personality into the ego system and my initiation to engage into various creative activities relating to my personal preference on the selection of the work type. The most surprising content of my life comprises of my unwillingness to work into works such as clerical or any kind of monotonous mechanical work, which is also explained by my type, as my type explains that my preference must entail the creative expansion and dynamism among different possibilities not limiting into resources. This project emphasizes on the strongest part of my personality characteristics, entailing the continuous stimulation by the new objects, persons and events, which may ensure and guide me about the choosing of preferred career, encompassing artist, painter, sound specialist, public announcer and anything that may satisfy my ingenious instinct. However, the weakest content focuses on my reluctant attitude towards the monotonous and conventional work pattern – which may sometimes implicate the depression or frustration related to the availability and engagement of the work, making sometimes numb and not active participation into the work accompanied by lacking priorities.
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