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There are many different personality types, and it’s important to understand your type so you can improve on it and better your relationships with other people. The idea of five different personality types was developed by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers in the 1940s and expanded upon by David Keirsey, who divided personalities into four types instead of five based on his own observations. Here are the 5 most common personality types, plus tips on how to improve your own personality type!
1) Introvert vs. Extrovert
If you’re more of an introvert than an extrovert, it’s important to understand that there is nothing wrong with you. Some people have a mix of both personalities, while others may find themselves leaning towards one side or another. Whatever your personality type, there are certain tips and tricks you can use to improve it even further. Read on for tips on how to improve your personality if you happen to be more introverted than extroverted.
2) The socially awkward person
Most introverts (and many shy extroverts) have an aversion to socializing, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want friends or a spouse. Socially awkward people might feel uncomfortable at parties, but they can still learn how to get along with others by thinking about conversation in terms of connecting with another person rather than impressing them. Take time to chat with different people, listen carefully, ask questions, and genuinely care about their answers.
3) The person who needs more confidence
If you’re a mild-mannered person who needs more confidence, practice making small talk. The next time you’re out in public (not at a networking event), strike up conversations with those around you. Ask them what they do for a living, or how their day is going – anything that doesn’t require advanced social skills. The idea is to get used to talking casually with people until it feels natural for you. Once that happens, your confidence will begin to build as well.
4) The people pleaser
Sometimes taking care of others comes at your own expense. In an effort to never offend anyone, you become a people pleaser – and in turn, do nothing for yourself. Instead of allowing yourself to be trampled on time and again, work on improving your self-worth so that it isn’t defined by what others think of you. If someone doesn’t like you for who you are, that says more about them than it does about you.
5) The multitasker
It’s possible that you’re a multitasker—but you don’t have to be. Multitasking drains your productivity, especially if it involves switching between tasks that require a lot of mental energy. Focus on one task at a time: you’ll be more efficient and probably feel less stressed as well.
We all have a chance to improve our personalities in every phase of our life. It becomes easy to improve when we are aware about our personality types and recognize our positive and negative traits.
Malavika Kishore brings a wealth of knowledge and a nurturing spirit to her writing, drawing from her experience as a Librarian at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in Kabirdham District, Chhattisgarh. Beyond her role in the library, she is a certified career and life coach, with professional affiliations including the Asia Pacific Career Development Association (APCDA), the National Career Service (NCS), and the Career Counselling Institute (CCI). Malavika's unique blend of educational guidance and life coaching expertise informs her compassionate and insightful contributions to the field of personal development.