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.