Since the 1960s, the Myers-Briggs personality test has been able to test personalities and make sense of how people perceive the world.
The test has also helped individuals tap into their psyche in an effort to boost career and relationship successes. But these days it’s doing a lot more than it initially did, according to the web site Wisebread.com. Apparently, the Myers-Briggs test may help you figure out how to earn more money or power in the workplace.
“A new analysis of nearly 26,000 people representing diverse Myers-Briggs personality outcomes offers a glimmer of insight into income and job satisfaction potential, complete with tips for capitalizing on your top money-making traits,” the web site adds.
Here is some more info about the test and how it may help you in the long run according to the web site:
Better to be an Extrovert?
As you take the Myers-Briggs test, it asks a variety of questions, analyzes behaviors based on answers, and then assigns the taker to one of its 16 personality types. These personality types are based on four psychological preferences. One of those preferences is Extroversion versus Introversion.
Extroverts are people who like to focus their time and energy on what’s going on in the world around them, while Introverts are more concerned with their own ideas. In terms of making money, the test suggests Extroverts are the bigger take-home pay people. In fact, of all the Myers-Briggs personality types, Extroverts are ranked as the top earners. Why? It seems Extroverts are more willing to step up to the plate and take on management positions, and these titles often offer more income. Introverts are considered among the lowest earners, basically because they don’t like to take on managerial responsibilities, the web site suggests.
Thinkers and Judgers
Among the highest earners are Thinkers — those who analyze the pros and cons of a situation before making a decision, rather than focusing on the people involved — and Judgers — those who sway toward a more structured life vs. a more flexible lifestyle.
Thinkers are also more likely to be supervisors in the workplace, which can lead to higher incomes. Thinkers, however, tend to have lower job satisfaction in said supervisory roles. Why? Increased take-home pay doesn’t always translate to more happiness. Judgers, on the flip side, tend to focus on organization and scheduling in the workplace — which may lead to greater success and perhaps more pay, the web site suggests.
Sensation and Intuition Types
According to the Myers-Brigg test, if you pay more attention to information gathered through your five senses, you fall under its Sensing category. You are Intuitive if you put a high value on impressions, or the meaning of patterns in information presented to you. The study adds that at some point in all of our lives we fall into Sensing and Intuitive categories. However, most people have an inclination toward one or the other. If you are a Sensor, your income tends to be higher than an Intuitive. Why? Sensors are somewhat more likely to manage larger teams; and this leads to managerial roles, which tend to pay better, the web site suggests.
To find out your type and if it matches your earnings, you might want to consider learning more about the Myers-Briggs test, Widebread.com suggests.