How Does Your Personality Type Affect Your Work?

I recently retook a personality test based on Carl Jung's and Isabel Briggs Myers’s type theory to see if anything had changed over the years—and because I was interested in reading more about how my personality type affects (and has affected) my career, workplace preferences, and so forth.

After taking the test, I found that I have:

  • a moderate preference of extroversion over introversion,
  • a slight preference of sensing over intuition,
  • a slight preference of feeling over thinking, and
  • a moderate preference of judging over perceiving.

This combination makes me an ESFJ personality type. You can read more about the personality type here, but I want to focus this post on how my personality type affects my work preferences in particular. Here are some things I found out:

ESFJs are well-organized, enjoy bringing order and structure to their workplaces, and often work best in environments with clear, predictable hierarchies and tasks. Monotony and routine work are not a challenge for the ESFJ personality type, as they are happy to do what needs to be done.

Well, this first point sounds spot on. I have always been extremely organized and thrive in an environment that is well structured. When working from home, I must have my entire apartment clean and organized before I can be productive for the day. This might also explain why formatting a fifty-page index to make sure every period, space, and comma is properly placed actually appeals to me and doesn’t sound boring!

Purely analytical careers are often too dull for ESFJsthey need human interaction and emotional feedback to be truly satisfied in their line of work.

There might be people in the world who enjoy working from home 100% of the time with little to no human interaction, but I’ve found this to be a bit of a challenge for me. Sure, the first year or two of freedom to wear my pajamas all day and not have to answer to anyone was beyond enjoyable, but I found over time that I was missing the human interaction aspect of my job. Sure, I send plenty of emails, but it’s just not the same as interacting with someone face-to-face. So, I try to spend one day every week or so working in a coffee shop and recently took on a temporary, part-time editing position on-site at a local publisher.

ESFJs find it hard to be satisfied unless they know theyve done something valuable for another person. This is often the driving force behind ESFJs careers and career advancement.

I started Ford Editing because I didn’t feel that I was using my abilities to the fullest, and I wasn't doing what I truly loved to do. Writers often spend years developing their book(s), and as an editor I have the privilege of assisting them in polishing their words, in allowing their message to really shine.

I really enjoyed digging deeper into my personality type to see how it has affected the direction of my life and how it might continue to do so in the future. Have you taken a personality test? What’s your personality type?

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