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The Myers-Briggs Experience

I spent the latter part of last week in a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator workshop. This is the second time I have taken this workshop, the last time was in July of last year. At that time I was busy building the new house, working a relatively new J-O-B, and trying to not be sucked into the abyss of depression. Perhaps not the best time to absorb the information.

This time, I am involved in a larger program designed for "Management Development" at my J-O-B. The Myers-Briggs is just one segment. Ultimately the purpose is to be able to communicate effectively within our work groups, and as a supervisor, to be able to lead my unit in a way that everyone is more happy and therefore more productive.

I am inclined to say that I really enjoyed this training, and that I think it would be fun if everyone walked around with their four letter code embroidered in little letters on their shirts, so we would all be able to communicate more sensitively with each other. For what it's worth, I'm an ENFP. I thought I was an ENTP, but after this second workshop, I feel pretty good with the switch. For those who are curious about what the hell I'm talking about, check out the website.

Also, for what it's worth, I really enjoy the people I work with at my J-O-B, but the work itself I find very unfulfilling. It turns out, the fact that I'm unhappy about that shouldn't be much of a surprise! I hope to use this new information as the beginning of a new journey of self-exploration, self-expression, and of course, better communication with my family, friends and co-workers.

I continue to hope that I can return to being a full-time studio potter now that my arthritis and other health concerns have been addressed. The goal is to be able to replace my current income as quickly as possible, to be healthy and strong, and make pots.

And here, on the eve of my 43rd birthday, my husband thinks I'm having a mid-life crisis, and all I can say is, "Buckle-up, baby, we're gonna get muddy!!"

(Here's a picture from the career page for ENFPs from the book "Do What You Are" by Paul Tieger & Barbara Barron-Tieger. As if there should have been any question.)

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