I took the personality test based on Jung and Briggs Myer typological approach to psychology and received the following personality result:
- Extravert (11%) I have slight preference of extraversion over introversion.
- INtuitive (50%) I have moderate preference of intuition over sensing.
- Thinking (1%) I have marginal or no preference of thinking over feeling.
- Judging (44%) I have moderate preference of judging over perceiving.
Personality Summary: As summarised by 16 Personalities, ENTJ’s are natural leaders. They are rational thinkers with sharp minds who aim to achieve whatever goals they set. As a result of their extroverted nature, they are confident and charismatic and can effortlessly encourage others to get behind a common goal. They find emotional expression difficult and can often crush the feelings of their more sensitive counterparts. Being powerhouses, in a professional environment ENTJ’s often need to remember their stature comes from having a solid team and therefore, should remember to recognise the contributions of others. ENTJs have no problem adopting a “fake it ’til you make it” mentality.
Famous ENTJs: (Images are links to original image source)
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apple Inc.
The ENTJ strengths are listed as efficient, strong-willed, strategic thinker, energetic and self-confident. The weaknesses are listed as stubborn, intolerant, impatient, arrogant and cold/ruthless.
In ways I am a little disappointed the results didn’t link to anything specifically creative. Although, I do debate whether creativity needs to arise from a free-spirit personality type – as there can be method in creativity. Creativity can also come in many different forms, in terms of thinking outside the box – consider innovation, evolution and revolution.
In all honesty I can’t argue with this personality assessment, as it mentions quite a few traits that resonate with me. I would describe myself as someone who always strives to do well. I also love nothing more than to absorb the knowledge of others – I like to learn and understand I don’t always have the answers. It may be cliche but there is a Confucius saying I appreciate, “True wisdom is knowing what you don’t know“.
Additionally, on occasion I also recognise the flaws in my personality when I refuse to understand different people’s perspectives. Sometimes when I’ve made my decision I’m hard to sway as I believe my collation of knowledge has led me to a specific path – so can agree with the ENTJ weaknesses and is something I am already conscious of and working on.
I’m glad to see there are actors that share the ENTJ personality type, as it shows me that creativity can be generated from sharp minds. Though that’s not to say the above listed politicians weren’t innovative, evolutionary or revolutionary – they found solutions to problems and that is something I can relate to (I’m already thinking about design briefs)! They were also strategic thinkers, strong-willed and efficient – something I aim to be while completing full-time work and part-time study.
Unfortunately, I think being an ENTJ also makes me overly critical of my own work – in terms of never thinking it’s good enough and feeling pressured to immediately reach the ‘wonderful’ end result without always respecting the process.
I think this personality type makes me more of a manager than a team member, though I would rather be a team member so I can train myself to be more of a team player – the thought of being inflexible worries me! I’m gathering I would work better in a global agency rather than a small studio as it seems ENTJs may have ambition that cannot be satisfied by working for a small studio – though I haven’t thought about it like that before.