faces-of-michelle-evansBe Who You Are. That was the general theme of Gary Vaynerchuks Yelling vs. Whispering. Introvert or Extrovert.

I love Gary Vaynerchuk. I have said this before and maybe my obsession is verging on unhealthy, but I really just like what he has to say. I’m not a Wine Library TV watcher (yet, I suppose… I’m just not much of a wine drinker), but I love his business/marketing content and find I’m regularly searching my feeds for something new from him.

This Yelling vs. Whispering. Introvert or Extrovert post got me thinking about my personality and it prompted me to take another run through the Jung Typology Test. I’ve done these tests before and my results have been interesting and somewhat enlightening.

I am a Rational (NTs):

  • Rationals tend to be pragmatic, skeptical, self-contained, and focused on problem-solving and systems analysis.
  • Rationals pride themselves on being ingenious, independent, and strong willed.
  • Rationals make reasonable mates, individualizing parents, and strategic leaders.
  • Rationals are even-tempered, they trust logic, yearn for achievement, seek knowledge, prize technology, and dream of understanding how the world works.

All my past results have given me a profile of ENTJ – Extroverted-Intuitive-Thinking-Judging (The Fieldmarshal):

  • A little over 2% of the population
  • tireless in their devotion to their jobs
  • ever intent on reducing bureaucratic red tape, task redundancy, and aimless confusion in the workplace
  • root out and reject ineffectiveness and inefficiency, and are impatient with repetition of error
  • Hillary Clinton, Napoleon, Margret Thatcher, Carl Sagan, Bill Gates, Golda Meir, Edward Teller, George Benard Shaw, and General George C. Marshall are examples of Rational Fieldmarshals.

This time around, however, one of the results changed – I scored as INTJ – Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Judging (The Mastermind):

  • rare, comprising no more than, say, one percent of the population
  • Although they are highly capable leaders, Masterminds are not at all eager to take command, preferring to stay in the background until others demonstrate their inability to lead
  • Only ideas that make sense to them are adopted; those that don’t, aren’t, no matter who thought of them
  • they work long and hard and are dedicated in their pursuit of goals
  • much more definite and self-confident than other Rationals, having usually developed a very strong will
  • Alan Greenspan, Ben Bernanke, Dwight D. Eisenhower, General Ulysses S. Grant, Frideriche Nietsche, Niels Bohr, Peter the Great, Stephen Hawking, John Maynard Keynes, Lise Meitner”, Ayn Rand and Sir Isaac Newton are examples of Rational Masterminds.

So I am now considered introverted where I was once extroverted. Now, the result is pretty borderline either way, so I don’t really think I’m introverted OR extroverted… just sort of middle of the road, but definitely a blend of ENTJ and INTJ.

This overall description of the Rational (NT) really struck me:

Rationals don’t care about being politically correct. They are interested in the most efficient solutions possible, and will listen to anyone who has something useful to teach them, while disregarding any authority or customary procedure that wastes time and resources.

Yeah, that one can have a tendency to put those around me on edge a little…

I think overall these types of exercises are good for figuring out where you stand with regards to other people. When I read the descriptions I can easily see where I could rub some people the wrong way. I can also see how perhaps being in a small minority (between the two assessments I’m somewhere within a group of only around 3% of the total population) might make me hard to relate to, or, might make it hard for me to relate to others.

I have to be who I am, though. I mean, GaryV said so. I take great pride in being completely clear and open about who I am… my strengths and my failings, my goals and my views. I want people to know me for me and for, above all, my honesty and integrity. I’m not particularly polished, but what I do, I do well.

If I can’t do it well, I won’t do it at all.

Have you taken the test yet? Tell me about it.