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You and Your Career: Answering the “Is This All There Is?” Call

You and Your Career: Answering the “Is This All There Is?” Call

Taking you along our cycles of success journey of applying the MBTI® and Strong tools in your career development and personal life is Catherine Rains, M.S., CPP’s Solutions Consultant. You can read all of the blogs of this multi-part this series here.

Answering the “Is This All There Is?” Call

Ideally, we want to spend a lot of time doing activities that reflect the middle letters of our MBTI® type—ST, SF, NF, or NT. Also known as the function pairs, they define what is most important to us, or in other words, it’s the core of who we are. In the first half of life, assuming our middle letters are affirmed by the outside world, we pursue careers and avocational interests that reflect our functions. Then somewhere along the line, even if we’re extremely happy with our career and/or life, many of us start to long for something more—something undefined that seems to be missing.

In very simplistic terms, there are two basic strategies to pursue during this period of reflection, which can be done at the same time and repeatedly over one’s lifetime. The first is to look at what we need to do to be our best, or what types of activities in our current role makes us feel the most fulfilled, or use the skills we deeply enjoy—how much of our day is spent in these types of activities, and how could we add more of what makes us feel fulfilled. These types of activities are usually reflected in the two middle letters of our type.

The second strategy is to explore the parts of ourselves where we haven’t spent nearly as much time, the opposite of our middle letters, or non-preferred functions. According to Jung, our preferences represent those things that come most easy and naturally to us, but it’s not all of who we are. In order to become whole, we need to develop all eight preferences, particularly all four functions, and to know when it is appropriate to use each. Therefore, when we start to get the “What else is there?” bug, many times it’s a call to look at the parts or functions that need development, usually reflected in the opposite of our two middle letters.

How can you add activities, either in your career or avocational life that would help you develop the other side of you? In the next two blogs, we’ll explore ways to develop our non-preferred functions.

 

Read the previous post in this series: You and Your Career: Priscilla’s Next Steps

BLOG DIRECTORY for “Cycles of Success: Employee Engagement, Career Development & Talent Management” series.  As we continue this journey for the next few months and continue to post the various blogs, you can check back here to find them all in one central place.

 

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