Myers-Briggs and Conducting
Date: March 19, 2012
I cover two concepts in my choral conducting class that are not about conducting. One is the Myers-Briggs personality test, the other is the Seven Habits of Highly Effective people.
First, I have all my students take the Myers Briggs personality test and read about themselves. My theory is this - we can't lead others if we don't know ourselves. The Myers-Briggs test does an excellent job of telling you what your strengths probably are and it also talks about your weaknesses. I'm tested as an ENTP, although I have a feeling that I am more "I" than "E" these days.
If you know about the Myers-Briggs, you understand that lingo.
When I was officially tested ten years ago, I probably thought of myself as an extrovert. Either I've changed or I've learned more about myself - I display more introverted characteristics these days.
I read an interesting post about introverts the other day: Ten Myths about Introverts. Only about 25% of us are introverted - and I guess we feel pretty strange about that.
If you think you may be an introvert, take note of a few of these myths and read the whole post here.