These past two weeks have been time for reflection, for remembering what is important to me and my family, and for unwinding and regrouping before the next steps forward. So I hope you don’t mind my sharing with you some of my pondering along this journey…
The Importance of Knowing Who We Are
I believe we are much happier and more effective people if we take the time and the energy to understand who we are and how we think. Throughout my life, my self-awareness has ebbed and flowed. I’ve changed careers several times, as I grew and tried to create positive change in the world. The closer I come to understanding myself, the more I become aware of how my actions affect others – now and in the future – and the more I am able to effectively communicate and motivate.
Recently I spent some time looking at my Myers-Briggs personality type. I took a couple of the free online tests (here, here, or you can even do one on Facebook – thanks for the link, Heather!). Well, you know? It was surprisingly accurate! The more I read about my personality type, and the type of others close to me, the more I understood myself and the role I play in my community and the world. It was truly fascinating.
I encourage you to take a look at it. It may sound hoaky – it did to me, until a friend of mine explained it to me in detail. The MBTI is based on solid Jungian psychology, and while it doesn’t peg you in incredible detail, I think you may find added insight into who you are.
Other ways of getting to know yourself are: writing, reading, talking intimately with loved ones, meditating, and just giving yourself time and space to contemplate and reflect.
In case you’re curious, my type is INFJ. We’re called “The Counselor”, “The Idealist”, “The Protector”, or “The Author”. I am the same type as Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr, Gandhi, Goethe, Chaucer, Emily Bronte, Florence Nightingale, Mother Teresa, and Carl Jung. Interestingly, I am supposed to be creative, artistic, good with written words, and “focused on the task of bettering the human condition.” Hmm…
What do you think?
I enjoy your thoughts at least as much as you enjoy reading mine, so I welcome any thoughts you have. And while I don’t always answer your comments, I always, always read them – usually more than once! Thank you all for contributing so much to this site.