Although we all like to think of ourselves as individuals
(and that’s a good thing) it is possible to create categories or “types” of
people traits, based on certain criteria. Having created these categories, it
is then possible to compare and contrast these traits to understand how one
person relates to (or should relate to?) another person.
This is a bit of a minefield though, as you will find
proponents and detractors alike that hold very firmly held beliefs about the
accuracy or otherwise of such methods. Personally, I think they are wonderful
methods for understanding yourself, other people, how you interact with other
people and how other people interact with you. Anything that makes
understanding and communication better, and easier has got to be a good idea!
People test their own personality traits using these links
The Belbin website is www.belbin.com
and the MBTI one is www.myersbriggs.org
Highlighted in red are the categories I fall into for Belbin
In Belbin I am categorised as a plant and a shaper, while in
MBTI I am categorised as a Mastermind and an Architect.
The reason I fall into two categories, is because for some
people they are truly a merging of two distinct but related types. For example,
I have long thought of myself as an architect and an engineer. Two roles that
are fundamentally different, and yet could be considered to be two sides of the