StrengthsFinder and Psychological Type

I traveled up to Sacramento yesterday to attend the April CCC-APT meeting. Erin Passons presented "Discover Your Strengths: Combining StrengthsFinder and Psychological Type".

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April 26, 2015 in category Personality Type | Permalink | Comments (0)

There's No Such Thing as an Ambivert

The term "ambivert" was popularized by Dan Pink in 2013, in an article on leaders and sales. The word operates in the same colloquial universe of definitions in which introverts are shy and retiring and extroverts (usually spelled with an o) are loud and outgoing.

Here's an excerpt from Pink's article in the Washington Post:

So what kind of personality makes the best salesperson — and therefore, presumably, the most effective leader?

Most of us would say extroverts. These wonderfully gregarious folks, we like to think, have the right stuff for the role. They’re at ease in social settings. They know how to strike up conversations. They don’t shrink from making requests. ...

The conventional view that extroverts make the finest salespeople is so accepted that we’ve overlooked one teensy flaw: There’s almost no evidence it’s actually true. ...

Does this mean instead that introverts, the soft-spoken souls more at home in a study carrel than on a sales call, are more effective? Not at all.

The problem with these paragraphs (and with the entire article), is that extraverts are not, necessarily, "wonderfully gregarious folks..." and introverts are not (again, necessarily) "soft-spoken souls more at home in a study carrel". The problem with the article is that Pink is using the common misunderstandings of introversion and extraversion.

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April 19, 2015 in category Personality Type | Permalink | Comments (0)

My Brain on EEG

(Originally posted in Slightly Off Kilter on July 19, 2014)

I'm a Science Geek. I've loved Science, of all kinds, for as long as I can remember. In College, I discovered Psychology and participated in as many Psych labs as I could, whether for extra credit or not.

I also love learning about how the brain works. When Rich and I discovered Jeff Hawkins' book, On Intelligence, we purchased additional copies to give or lend to friends and family.

in 1994, I discovered the MBTI and I've been fascinated by it ever since. So, you might guess that I want to learn everything I can when science, brain studies, and the MBTI intersect! Or, as Dario Nardi put it:

Ah, the magic of Type + neuroscience... :-)

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October 3, 2014 in category Personality Type, Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0)

Would you Take That Extra Step?

I've been job hunting for a while now. Popular advice tells me to "leverage my network" because insiders can help me gain access to the "hidden job market" (the jobs that aren't posted). Popular advice tells me that I should also try to build a job based on my unique skills and experience.

Popular advice isn't in touch with reality.

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December 13, 2013 in category Career Center | Permalink | Comments (0)

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking


Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain, is certainly not the only book about introversion, nor was it the first. Nevertheless, Quiet sparked a discussion that was bigger than anything we'd seen before.

Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.

The book that started the Quiet Revolution.

Are you an Introvert? Do you know what that means?

If you think an Introvert is a shy person, someone who just needs to "break out of their shell", or someone who dislikes people, think again. Introversion isn't a disorder (although it came perilously close to being listed as one as recently as 2012).

Approximately half of the population is introverted. Introversion is normal. And, with the publication of "Quiet", introversion has become, ironically, a lot more popular.

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August 29, 2013 in category Books, Personality Type | Permalink | Comments (0)