A job option which is compatible with our personality not only helps us take a sensible career decision but also a step that decides whether we will have a fulfilling, satisfactory and relaxing career or not. The first step to knowing our personality is to take some scientifically reliable personality tests like Myers-Briggs, Keirsey Temperament Sorter, or the 16 Personality Factors.
Let us first have a clear idea about what is personality.
Personality refers to a person’s pattern of thinking, cognitions and behaviors that make a person unique.
A deep understanding of one’s personality is crucial to finding the right kind of jobs and relationships where one can blossom into one’s highest potential.
Carl Jung’s Theory of Introvert and Extrovert Personalities
One of the most insightful personality theories that can aid us in understanding our personality type is Carl Jung’s theory of Introversion and Extraversion.
Carl Jung (pronounced “yoong”) was a famous twentieth century Swiss psychoanalyst and the founder of analytical psychology.
Jung was an introvert himself, and was the first to explain that introverts are the ones who are drawn to their rich inner world of feelings and thoughts to energize themselves whereas their counterparts, extroverts are the ones who are drawn to the external world of people and activities to feel energized.
Each person seems to be energized more by either the external world (extraversion) or the internal world (introversion).– Carl Jung
He even added that none of us are completely introvert or completely extrovert and each one of us has both the traits of introversion and extraversion, with one being more dominant than the other.
Are you an Introvert or Extrovert?
Are you curious to find out, where you fall on the Introvert- extrovert spectrum?
Just pick “true” or “false” for the below mentioned questions:
1). I prefer spending time with few close friends instead of a large group.
2). I prefer expressing my ideas in writing.
3). I prefer deep conversations over small talk.
4). I observe and listen more than I talk.
5). I can dive into a work project, practice a hobby or engage in something creative for hours at the stretch, without getting bored.
6). I would prefer to text or email than talk on the phone with people I don’t know very well.
If you mostly answered true to the above mentioned, then you’re more of an introvert.
If you mostly answered false, then you’re more of an extrovert.
And if you answered “true” and “false” equally, you probably are an Ambivert.
Introverts vs Extroverts Career Choices
Now that you have identified your personality type, it will be easier for you to find the workplaces and relationships that will help you to thrive instead of draining you of your vital energy.
If you have identified yourself as an Extrovert or Ambivert, you will find a lot of career options but if you have identified yourself as an introvert, you would know that Introverts have a hard time finding a fulfilling career.
Wondering why? Well here is a list of obstacles that keep Introverts from finding a happy and fulfilling career.
Why Many Introverts Are Unhappy with Their Careers
1). Introverts are more likely to look for a job that’s meaningful
This is mostly because Introverts derive their motivation not only from their paycheck but also from the work that is meaningful and purpose driven.
2). Office Structure & layout
Most of the offices have now adopted open office layouts that can bombard introverts with lot of external stimuli making it difficult for them to concentrate on their work without distractions.
3). Job Interviews & appraisals are skewed towards extroverted traits
More often than not managers prize social ability over concrete competence and skills even if the job in question is not a people facing role.
This environment is difficult for Introverts to thrive in because they do not like a lot of social interaction or people facing roles.
4). Most managers are not trained to get the most out of their Introvert employees
Most managers don’t realize that introverts bring their unique skill set to the workplace and hence fail to make the most out of their unique skill set.