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What's your personality type - on and off the soccer field?

Lori Hanemann

I worked in the non-profit/charity business for a long time, in various roles in Development from receptionist and membership to Executive Director. One year I was sent to Montana with its endless blue skies and a grizzly bear out behind the fancy private lodge we stayed in. At the retreat to train employees to progress in their career and help the company's mission, is where I was first introduced to Personality Testing.  Have you heard of the Myers-Briggs Personality Assessment? 

The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a questionnaire designed to show your preferences in how you perceive the world and how you make decisions. Google it if you want to learn the history and theory behind the test, as I want to keep this piece a bit lighter and action related. In short, a famous psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Carl Jung stated there are four principal psychological functions that determine how humans experience our world - sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking. And usually one of these four functions is dominant most of the time. Please don't yell at me about this rather poor explanation, but I wanted you to have some background for the exercise I'm going to write about - the fun part of this post. 

I found a terrific self-assessment you can take online for free. Typically Myers-Briggs official test is given in-person by a certified instructor; that's how I originally took the test. I'm sure there are really important reasons for having the instructor assist you, and please find one if you feel you need a professional there with you as you dive into an introspective state. The link I will provide is absolutely just to give you an idea about yourself you might not have considered. The entire personality type idea has plenty of criticism online, so take this as serious as you want and need, or laugh at it as you compare with a friend. 

I'm sharing it because I found it to be weirdly accurate and fantastically helpful in both my business and personal life. I think you'll like the amount of detail you get for your specific type out of the 16 available. It made a big impact for the better at work and how I dealt with all the different work personalities, as well as at home in relationships and how I was parenting. I think this could most definitely apply on the soccer field as well. With some of your teammates, you might easily guess pretty close as to which type they are, and it will give you some powerful insights on how to communicate better. Your teammate might crumble without getting any compliments at practice or she might energize if you shout out encouragement during the match. We all respond differently to how we're treated. We're not all the same. Coaches, please know this to be true. If I was to get shouted at with encouragement during a match, I'd get mad and frustrated. But, if you told me one specific thing I did well while we're walking together to the car afterward - I'd be buzzing all night with happiness and motivation. Don't try and analyze everyone you know and be annoying, just keep it to yourself and see if people respond differently to how you treat them. Share it with friends and family if you're really into it and want to know their type. 

If you'd like to give it a try, the website I found (not an endorsement or affiliate of any kind) does a great job putting the lengthy test into an easy online activity which only took me about 5 minutes to get through - but I kind of zipped through wanting to answer with my first instinct. There is probably directions on there to get you started and how to get the best results. Give it a try and comment or email me if you have questions or want to tell me what type you got. lori@soccergirl.co

CLICK BELOW TO TAKE THE TEST.

16 Personalities

Below is my result - I'm an ENFP! What are you?