Probably the biggest fear I notice in people who are trying to deal with some emotional pain is the fear that there’s something wrong with them. That they are somehow abnormal. I think that this comes about from a deeply embedded idea in our culture that some people are better than others.
We go to school and get ranked – perhaps not as obviously anymore, but it is still ingrained in the educational structure – then we compete for jobs often on the basis of who is best qualified. We hold people who achieve high status, through fame, money or achievement in higher esteem than those that achieve less. And from this there can come about the perception that someone who achieves great things in one area of their life, must therefore know more in another area. That’s why Models, Actors and Pop Stars get asked their opinions on all sorts of things that are often well out of their domain of expertise.
I believe that this ranking of people as higher or lower up some scale of greatness is nonsense. I think that we all have natural predispositions to be strong in certain areas and weak in others. Yet if we do not understand this we can end up beating ourselves up or practising for years to just get to average at something, when we could be great at something else.
I always greatly preferred Carl Jung’s perspectives to Freuds when I was studying Psychology and when I studied Neuro Linguistic Programming I immediately loved his personality types. No typology will ever be completely accurate, but I find these fascinating and shockingly accurate.
Often the tests that you take will let you fill out all the details and only give you the result if you pay, however, here you can take the Myers Briggs personality test for free. It takes about three to five minutes to fill out the test and then you get links to your type descriptions, famous personalities of your type and the types of job’s that people in those roles tend to gravitate to. If you want to see a sample of what the report will cover before you take the test, click the link to see mine.
Once you’ve taken the test, take a couple of moments to share your type in the comments below, if it was accurate for you and whether you learned anything about yourself from it.