TODAY’S POST COMES FROM YPULSE’S DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, CASANDRA LIGGIN.
I recently decided to take a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator workshop to better understand myself. For those of you that haven’t heard of Myers-Briggs, it’s a famous assessment designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and naturally make decisions. Typically, you don’t think about the way you make decisions or why you have that “gut” instinct so, needless to say, the course was intriguing.
For many, this could seem extremely far out and have no real bearing on one’s life; but, upon further examination, I found that there is some truth to one’s identity with these four key letters. I learned that I fall into the INFJ category (Introversion, Intuition, Feeling, Judging). To sum it up, this means that I am an idea generator and love to discover “win-win” solutions that have a long-term positive impact on people. I’m also a good listener and believe in seeing all angles of an issue before making a decision.
During the course of my workshop, generational cohorts were analyzed based on the Myers-Briggs theory. Boomers are known as ENFPs (Extraversion, Intuition, Feeling, Perception), Xers are INTJs (Introversion, Intuition, Thinking, Judgment) and Millennials are ESFPs (Extraversion, Sensing, Feeling, Perception). These are all generalizations of course and no one theory can be looked at in a vacuum when understanding an entire generation. However, in looking at Millennials as ESFPs, their primary mode of living is focused externally and they live in the moment. (YOLO anyone?) They are also very spontaneous, optimistic and love instant gratification. That being said, this definitely jives with everything I have studied on Millennials.