Do you ever wonder why you react to a situation a certain way? Or why somebody reacts a different way than you expected? It happens all the time, and there is no other explanation than personality differences. It can be hard to deal with personalities that are completely opposite of your own, but knowing or having an idea of the other person’s personality traits can guide you in receiving the best outcome.

AKHIA employees have gone through personality training based on the Myers-Briggs assessment. After taking the test, a person receives a four-letter formula that describes his or her unique personality. There are 16 total combinations that give insight into how a person is energized, how he or she perceives,  makes decisions and ultimately lives.

By observing others, you can sometimes guess what someone might be and then approach a situation based upon his or her personality. I challenge you to try to guess what you are before taking the quiz.

E or I: Where do you focus your energy?

Extrovert: Eslike to get their thoughts out, and they get their energy from outside people, activities and things. They enjoy having people around them and working on teams.

Introvert: Is don’t speak until they process the information. They like their own space for concentration. They don’t like to work with interruption and tend to develop ideas alone while working by themselves or in a small group.

S or N: How you prefer to take in information

Sensing: Ss are observant of what is going on around them. They enjoy applying skills already perfected, and they use a step-by-step process.

Intuition: Ns like to see the big picture and connection between people and facts. They often don’t need every detail, and they like to talk, sometimes in a roundabout way, to get to their conclusions.

T or F: The way you make decisions

Thinking: Ts are very logical. They like facts and tend to look at logical consequences of an action. They can have a narrower view and want to get to the point quickly, sometimes causing an oversight of others’ emotions.

Feeling: Fs reach conclusions based on what is important to them and their feelings and values. They want to create harmony and make decisions based on what is best for people. They always look at the underlying values of a situation and constantly want appreciation for their work.

J or P: How one orients themselves to the external world

Judging: Js enjoy having a planned and organized life. They keep focus on what needs to be completed and they have a need to make a decision or plan.

Perceiving: Ps are more flexible and are better at adapting to situations. They have an open mind and tend to feel pressure and restriction when there is too much structure.

By looking at the meaning behind each letter, you can help enhance communication between others and determine the best way to approach a person, conflict or any situation in general and you’ll learn more about yourself too!

What are your letters? How do you use these traits to deal with others or difficult situations?