We are thrilled to have our good friend Suzanne joins us for this episode. Actually, we had such good (lengthy) conversation that we had to split this episode into two parts! In Part 1, we discuss personality types and traits and how understanding those in your partner (or friends, or family, or co-workers, or weird next door neighbor) can help a relationship flourish (or flounder…you know, depending on what you do with that knowledge). As for what we discuss in part 2 of this episode, well, you’ll have to tune into the next episode to find out! 🙂
We each took the free personality test available at 16 Personalities. This online test is based on Jungian personality theory, which most people will recognize in the Myers Briggs Type Indicators (MBTI). You may remember these letters: ENFJ, INTP… those are just 2 of the possible Myers Briggs configurations. The MBTI assesses four psychological functions that determine how an individual sees the world around them (through sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking). 16 Personalities is very similar to this in that it is based on assessing not 4 but 5 personality aspects (each on a continuum):
- Mind – how we interact with the world (introversion versus extroversion);
- Energy – how we process information (observant versus intuitive);
- Nature – how we make decisions/cope with emotions (thinking versus feeling);
- Tactic – how we approach work, planning and decision making (judging versus prospecting); and
- Identity – how confident we are in our abilities (assertive versus turbulent).
You can find much more detail about the theory behind 16 personalities here.
So, what about this Protagonist, Virtuoso, and Consul?
These are the results of the 16 personalities type test for Mike, Maya, and Suzanne (not necessarily in that order!) Check out the descriptions of these personalities (you can find descriptions for all 16 types here).
- Protagonists (ENFJ, -A/-T) are charismatic and inspire leaders and are able to mesmerize their leaders. Famous protagonists include Barack Obama, Oprah, and Daenerys Targaryen.
- Virtuosos (ISTP, -A/-T) are bold and practical experimenters, master of all tools. Famous virtuosos include Clint Eastwood, Daniel Craig, and Arya Stark.
- Consuls (ESFJ, -A/-T) are extraordinarily caring people, social and popular, and always willing to help out. Famous consuls include Bill Clinton, Steve Harvey, and Sansa Stark.
So, who got which type? Tune in to the episode! You know we can’t give it away here 🙂
Question of the day
Because we wound up splitting this episode into two, we don’t have a proper question of the day… BUT once you have listened to the episode, we would love to hear what you think. Think this test got it right for us? Let us know in the comments below or send us a voice recording at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to hear more?
Make sure to come back to hear how the conversation between Mike, Maya, and Suzanne ended! (Teaser: we go into further detail about what introverts and extroverts need to make a relationship work…and, that’s a good thing for Mike and Maya, given what they learned about their personality types!)
If you enjoyed this episode and want to hear more, have no fear! We have more episodes! Check them out here. Enjoy!