Personality Blog

Share your personality type on your website with our new buttons

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Published on Fri, 11/22/2013 - 17:22 by Prelude Team

We've recently added a range of buttons to make it easier to share your personality on your website.

I'm an ISTJ I'm an ENFP

You'll find the buttons on each of the personality type pages - just click 'Explore' above and go to your type, then click the 'Grab the code' button on the right to get your button. We really hope you like them!

Personality and Careers - separating the job and the environment

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Published on Fri, 11/15/2013 - 14:47 by Bill McAneny

Colour PencilsMuch of the literature and many of the sites about Jungian type outline specific job roles for particular types. My (ENTP) list included Computer Programmer, Lawyer, Actor, Engineer and Entrepreneur. The problem I have with this is that I don’t think it is possible to pigeonhole someone into a specific job according to their personalities as this ignores the organisation, the values and the culture, which are far better determinants of suitability than a job title (which in themselves can be ambiguous). Even individual jobs, (say) an accountant, are not universal and differs from industry to industry, organisation to organisation and person to person. So what can we learn about personality and career choice?

What is Miley Cyrus like?

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Published on Thu, 11/07/2013 - 10:43 by Prelude Team

Miley CyrusMiley Cyrus has been getting a lot of press lately for her radical style, particularly in her music videos and for her performance at this year’s VMA awards.  But we thought we’d have a look at her personality and see how it fits with what she’s projecting in her performances. In a recent interview she describes the experiences of some of her latest work:

Being passionate about something means not really stopping for anything

I’ve never really had to sacrifice for my career before and I’ve had to a bit with this record

Thinking vs Feeling is NOT hard vs soft!

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Published on Thu, 10/31/2013 - 14:46 by Bill McAneny

Scales of JusticeThe Thinking vs Feeling scale is about how we make decisions: Thinking types tend to make their decisions based on logic, evidence and rational argument while Feeling types tend to make their decisions based on emotion, impact on people and subjective argument. I once knew an HR Director (and ENFP) who used to fake the assessment so he recorded ENTP as he felt that it could work against him to be known as a Feeling type. Yet he so was a Feeling type and this is what made him so good at his job. Even Jung, who coined the terms struggled: “…I freely admit that this problem of feeling has been one that has caused me much brain racking.”

Personality traits aren’t good or bad - they just 'are'

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Published on Thu, 10/24/2013 - 15:05 by Bill McAneny

Russian nested dolls

Sometimes when we assess people and provide feedback on the results of some personality assessments we get asked: ‘is that good or bad?’ And of course the answer is ‘neither,’ (or perhaps ‘both!’) Sure we can all modify our behaviour but our basic personality traits are what come most naturally to us and that is where we’ll be happiest and be at our best. We had a colleague who, when we explained our unhappiness that she was late, said: “I am an ENFP, you have to expect me to be late.” Well…no! We can expect spontaneity, we can expect a fresh and enthusiastic perspective, we can even expect a lively approach with a difficulty in sitting still; but she did not have to be late, it is not preordained. This does, however, demonstrate that there are both upsides and downsides to personality traits and we all have to learn to project our upsides and manage our downsides.

So it’s OK to be ourselves, indeed it’s when we’re at our best. We know that trying to be like someone else does not work. Being proud of who we are, and helping other people ‘get us,’ and all of our foibles and idiosyncrasies that make us who we are is so helpful, to us and to them. Be loud and proud, be quiet and humble, be ultra creative, be systematic and detailed. But whatever you are, be yourself.

Do you read like an Extravert or an Introvert?

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Published on Wed, 10/16/2013 - 12:05 by Prelude Team

Jung was clear in his definition of Extraversion and Introversion that it is about is from where we draw our energy. Extraverts are attuned to their external environment and draw their energy from what’s going on around them, people, situations and indeed need that ‘feed.’ Introverts are more attuned to their internal environment and will draw their energy from within. This means that for Extraverts their neural processing will take place outside their heads, speaking out their thoughts while the neural processing for Introverts will occur inside their heads and emerge fully formed when they are ready to speak.

A typical Sunday morning situation and we think you’ll be able to spot which is the Extravert and which is the Introvert.

The myth of the perfect leadership personality: who wants a template leader anyway?

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Published on Thu, 10/10/2013 - 08:24 by Bill McAneny

Cookie cutterWe were asked by the CEO of a major organisation if he could use our Character Analysis as part of his drive to better understand his people. We kind of like this as it helps spread the word that business is a people game, and a contact sport. We asked how he intended to use the assessments: "Well I want to make sure we only hire ENTJs." We asked why he would want to do that: "Because they are the best types." We asked what type he was (we were being ironic). But it does raise a serious issue: often managers want to clone, ie recruit and develop in their own image.

So much is written about leadership and it does all tend to veer towards the charismatic, extravert, individual pointing upwards with everybody in awe. In reality we know this isn't right but it fits with the myths of leadership as being Caesar crossing the Rubicon.

The logical, complex, relentless visionary: ENTJ vs INTJ, loudly vs quietly

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Published on Wed, 10/02/2013 - 08:56 by Bill McAneny

ENTJ vs. INTJAt face value the ENTJ and the INTJ are very similar. Both types have a love of complexity, both are intensely logical and both have a relentless, restless drive to change things, make them better and for closure. However the E vs I dichotomy makes such a difference and means they tend to inhabit different worlds.

The ENTJ inhabits the external world of people and situations, drawing energy from interactions and will love being loud, visible and will have (extremely strong) opinions on almost every subject.

The INTJ inhabits the internal world, detached and independent of thought and action, and they tend to keep it all inside until they are ready. Their need for privacy and independence means they will be quite reclusive, working behind the scenes to reflect, build and solve problems. The ENTJ is far more ‘out there’ loving the verbal sparring and robust debate and keen to make their point. Don’t ask the views of an ENTJ unless you are prepared for a bone-jarring honesty.

Top Five Personality Traits Employers Look for in the Job Interview

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Published on Wed, 09/25/2013 - 11:47 by Guest Blogger

Hand shakeCould your personality be just as or even more important than your education or your experience while hunting for a job? According to leading management resources, the answer is a resounding yes. According to Forbes, "New research shows that the vast majority of employers (88%) are looking for a 'cultural fit' over skills in their next hire as more and more companies focus on attrition rates." The following are examples of 5 personality traits employers often look for.


Employers are looking for employees who will be strictly professional in their dealings with colleagues and clients. They want employees who will represent the company well and know how to interact in a business environment. How can an employer tell if you are professional? The way you dress, speak, and carry yourself all speak to your professionalism or lack thereof. Before going into an interview, it will benefit you greatly to study the corporate culture of the organization and to dress accordingly. Enter the interview ready to shake hands and answer questions in a professional, well-thought-out manner. Avoid texting or using electronics while you wait for your interview, though bringing your tablet can signal to an employer that you are tech-savvy. 


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