It’s no coincidence that I recently took this free MBTI test to determine my personality type and discovered that I am what is considered an “INFJ” type – one of the rarest personality types of the psychological system, which is based on the work of the noted psychiatrist Carl Jung and the Myers-Briggs typology developed by Katharine Cooks Briggs and Isabel Myers in 1962.
Soon after receiving my own fascinating results from the famous and popular 28-question test that’s used by plenty of companies and celebrities to help their employees determine their dominant traits and tendencies, I read a recent Yahoo article about a new and much buzzed-about study by CareerAssessmentSite.com that is making the news due to the infographic results it brings, readily showing people in a helpful and visual way how much their personality plays into their paychecks.
Is the infographic correct?
Of course, knowing that I’m an INFJ type, it stands to reason and falls right in line with the infographic’s description of me: Charitable? (Check!) Do I desire self-expression and originality? Definitely.
Even the logo above the “Idealist” label of a single eye is so totally “me” – my Twitter page and Kindle memoir reflects as much.
But is the paycheck information as pegged by personality type correct? The study shows that ENTJ types, who are outgoing self-starters, tend to earn the most money, at around $80,000 per year.
The INFJ kinds like me fall into the average household income by type around the $62,500 per year mark – a figure that I would say is kind of low. I’d love to see my husband take the test to know where his personality might land among the major four groups in order to compare and contrast.
These categories of dispositions are quite fun to study. As humans, I think we all have an innate desire to place people and temperaments into boxes that we can understand. It helps us to know that a free-spirited ESFP might like to get wild and paint the town red whilst an ESTJ loves having an itinerary to thrive.
Although seeing the average level of education received for my INFJ type hovering near the associate’s degree makes me want to push it farther into the bachelor’s degree zone that I belong within, I do realize that tests like these can be pretty accurate – especially with that “Idealist” label falling right in line with what other people have said about me, causing me to dub myself “Positive Paula.”
However, I know the salary fields are only averages, and there’s no way a so-dubbed “Idealist introverted intuition with extraverted feeling” kind like me could be bound by some chart.
On the other hand, if you are a rational NT type, you may take numbers and charts and abstract data more seriously than your own state of mind – completely the opposite of us Idealists!
So what’s your four-letter type code, baby? And does the infographic’s prediction match your paycheck?