Psychological category buster

Cesar Ramirez and Cesar Ramirez

A different kind of personality assessment

There is a rare form of happiness that comes to those who go to work everyday. These selected few can honestly say they love their job and the people they work with. Clearly, opportunities like these are not available to everyone. However, there are resources, that are here on campus, that can help you make the right choices, and you may be completely unaware of it.

The career counselors on our campus have compiled a series of workshops to help you understand your personality, how it affects your future and/or current career, and how you may affect others.

I attended the most recent workshop, led by Janice Klar, in the Career Center. I was surprised to receive very positive reinforcement during the short hour I was there.

Following Carl Jung’s theory of psychological typology, Klar instructed a workshop for the benefit of identifying and understanding individual’s temperament. Based on the range in personality types, we all have core values that set us apart from others. According to Jung, we are born with these temperaments, and those who learn to identify themselves amongst others’ will gain an important tool for future success and conflict resolution.

“I believe when people are in the jobs they enjoy, it helps maintain good health, mentally and physically,” said Klar. “It’s a big deal.”

The HumanMetrics Jung Typology Test determined that my type was INTJ, which states that I am introverted as opposed to extroverted, intuitive rather than sense-driven, prefer thinking over feeling, and I choose judging instead of perceiving.

Getting to read the packets of information based on my results, I was introduced to myself. I read through a description of my general traits and recommended careers, along with the best approach to dealing with other types. It was a refreshing read-over.

Not being someone who enjoys being categorized, I was initially skeptical about taking the test, but the counselor’s explanations made me feel at ease about where I was in my development process. The whole experience was a pleasure.

During March, Klar will be instructing two more workshops with an emphasis on stress and mindfulness. You can register for these workshops in person, or by calling the Career Center at 916-484-8492.