Recently one of the members of my elite team—Platinum Networkers—introduced me to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI).
The most important aspect of the Myers-Briggs® type theory is that all types are equal and that every type has value.
Four of the following eight preferences make up a person’s MBTI® type, also called psychological or personality type:
- Extraversion [E] or Introversion [I] (more info here)
- Sensing [S] or iNtuition [N] (more info here)
- Thinking [T] or Feeling [F] (more info here)
- Judging [J] or Perceiving [P] (more info here)
As you act on your type preferences, you create a unique approach to the world, to information, to decisions, and to other people.
My MBTI® type is called.
The Giver defined:-
As a Giver, your primary mode of living is focused externally, where you deal with things according to how you feel about them, or how they fit into your personal value system. Your secondary mode is internal, where you take things in primarily via your intuition.
Givers are people-focused individuals. They live in the world of people possibilities. More so than any other type, they have excellent people skills. They understand and care about people, and have a special talent for bringing out the best in others. Givers’ main interest in life is giving love, support, and a good time to other people. They are focused on understanding, supporting, and encouraging others. They make things happen for people, and get their best personal satisfaction from this.
Because Givers’ people skills are so extraordinary, they have the ability to make people do exactly what they want them to do. They get under people’s skins and get the reactions that they are seeking. Givers’ motives are usually unselfish.
Givers are so externally focused that it’s especially important for them to spend time alone. Givers tend to define their life’s direction and priorities according to other people’s needs, and may not be aware of their own needs. It’s natural to their personality type that they will tend to place other people’s needs above their own, but they need to stay aware of their own needs so that they don’t sacrifice themselves in their drive to help others.
Givers tend to be more reserved about exposing themselves than other extraverted types. Although they may have strongly-felt beliefs, they’re likely to refrain from expressing them if doing so would interfere with bringing out the best in others. Because their strongest interest lies in being a catalyst of change in other people, they’re likely to interact with others on their own level, in a chameleon-like manner, rather than as individuals.
Which is not to say that a Giver does not have opinions. Givers have definite values and opinions which they’re able to express clearly and succinctly. These beliefs will be expressed as long as they’re not too personal. A Giver is in many ways expressive and open, but is more focused on being responsive and supportive of others. When faced with a conflict between a strongly-held value and serving another person’s need, they are highly likely to value the other person’s needs.
People love Givers. They are fun to be with, and truly understand and love people. They are typically very straight-forward and honest. Usually Givers exude a lot of self-confidence, and have a great amount of ability to do many different things. They are generally bright, full of potential, energetic and fast-paced. They are usually good at anything which captures their interest.
Givers like for things to be well-organized, and will work hard at maintaining structure and resolving ambiguity. They have a tendency to be fussy, especially with their home environments.
In the work place, Givers do well in positions where they deal with people. They are naturals for the social committee. Their uncanny ability to understand people and say just what needs to be said to make them happy makes them naturals for counseling. They enjoy being the center of attention, and do very well in situations where they can inspire and lead others.
Givers do not like dealing with impersonal reasoning. They don’t understand or appreciate its merit, and will be unhappy in situations where they’re forced to deal with logic and facts without any connection to a human element. Living in the world of people possibilities, they enjoy their plans more than their achievements. They get excited about possibilities for the future.
Givers have a special gift with people, and are basically happy people when they can use that gift to help others. They get their best satisfaction from serving others. Their genuine interest in Humankind and their exceptional intuitive awareness of people makes them able to draw out even the most reserved individuals.
Givers have a strong need for close, intimate relationships, and will put forth a lot of effort in creating and maintaining these relationships. They’re very loyal and trustworthy once involved in a relationship.
In general, Givers are charming, warm, gracious, creative and diverse individuals with richly developed insights into what makes other people tick. This special ability to see growth potential in others combined with a genuine drive to help people makes a Giver a truly valued individual. As giving and caring as a Giver is, they need to remember to value their own needs as well as the needs of others.
If you know me well, what do you think of the accuracy of my MBTI® type?