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Extroverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging

So, by actually taking the time to learn more about my own personality, it has lead me to a better understanding of my strengths and weaknesses and what it takes to make me happy professionally.

When trying to find one’s place in the world, or just trying to find out if you’re moving along the right career path, it’s important to truly understand yourself and the unique personality traits you possess (e.g., things which will impact your likeliness to succeed or fail at various chosen careers).

It’s equally important to understand what is really important to you as well. When you are accurately armed with an understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, and an awareness of what you truly value, you are in an excellent position to pick a good career (one which you will actually find rewarding).

So, it appears that I’m an ENTJ… hmm, who would have thunk it.

The “ENTJ” personality type is one of the sixteen personality types that can be indicated from the Myers-Briggs Type Indictor (MBTI) a well-known system based on Carl Gustav Jung’s (a Swiss psychiatrist) work in the field of analytical psychology.

“ENTJ” – MBTI cognitive functions – break-down:

* Dominant Extroverted Thinking (Te)
* Auxiliary Introverted Intuition (Ni)
* Tertiary Extroverted Sensing (Se)
* inferior Introverted Feeling (Fi)

The following quote seems to be an accurate portrait, “ENTJs have a natural tendency to marshall and direct. This may be expressed with the charm and finesse of a world leader or with the insensitivity of a cult leader. The ENTJ requires little encouragement to make a plan.” – Joe Butt, University of Virginia

ENTJs generally exhibit the following characteristics:

* Driven to turn theories into plans
* Highly value their knowledge
* Future-oriented/Forward looking
* Natural leaders
* Impatient with inefficiency and incompetence (can you say, @tychay)
* Want things structured and orderly
* Excellent verbal communication skills
* Dislike routine, detail-oriented tasks
* Self-confident
* Decisive (for the moment)

ENTJs are especially well-suited to be leaders and organization builders. They have the ability to clearly identify problems and find innovative solutions for the short and long-term well-being of an organization. But, the downside to this set of traits is that with having this strong desire to lead, they’re not likely to be happy as followers or minions. ENTJs like to be in charge, and actually need to be in charge to take advantage of their unique blend of capabilities and gifts.

The following is a list of professions built on the impressions of careers which would be especially suitable for this personality type:

* Corporate Executive Officer (CEO)
* Entrepreneur
* Computer Consultant
* Lawyer/Judge
* Business Administrators and Managers
* University Professors and Administrators

So, what personality type are you?