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Posted by: Adopted4, Friday, January 4, 2013, 8:41pm
What are the best careers choices for an introverted blood type B young man?  I get the impression that type B's (as well as AB's) have certain limitations versus O's or A's and may have a harder time finding the right career fit.

My dh (type O) works with primarily highly motivated men that possess strong leadership capabilities that function in a somewhat demanding environment. One particular man, who is blood type B, really has a hard time dealing with the deadlines, difficult superiors, and a high stress environment, even though he understands the work well and is one of my dh's managers. He isn't really liked or respected by a couple individuals on the team because of the kind of personality he possesses. I'd hate to see my type B introverted Nomad son in an awkward situation like that. He's studying law enforcement, but working as a police officer could be very high stress and require quick thinking and good concentration, something he struggles with now.

Any thoughts or comments from type B's or others that know type B's strengths and weaknesses in career fields?

Posted by: DoS, Friday, January 4, 2013, 8:43pm; Reply: 1
If he isn't the rebellious, hot headed, Type B, he will probably be fine.

Those ones are the ones that have issues with becoming intimate with anything so they don't grow into their job so well.
Posted by: jeanb, Friday, January 4, 2013, 9:12pm; Reply: 2
Ask him to take this personality indicator (it is for Myers Briggs)

http://similarminds.com/pref_jung.html

It will give him 4 letters.  He can put the 4 letters in google along with career.  He will probably get thousands of websites that can guide him in the correct direction.

It sounds like he is an ISFP surrounded by ESTJ's and ISTJ's, which can be a difficult mix.

If I was your husband, I would get the difficult co workers to do the test as well and see what they are.  I find if people don't have at least 2 of the letters in common, there could be nasty fights on the job until they are taught how to appreciate each other's differences.
Posted by: Adopted4, Saturday, January 5, 2013, 3:47pm; Reply: 3
He is an ISFJ and does not have rebellious tendencies. He does have a bit of the perceiving (P) tendency as he tends to take major life changes in stride without stressing much, but day to day he has more of the judging characteristics (plans ahead, focused tasks, and likes set times and routines to get things done). I too am an ISFJ but my sensing side is a pretty even mix with my intuitive side. I've seen the websites you're referring to jeanb, but I think many of them charge a fee and I was curious what others here on the BT forums had to say about the subject.

My dh does Navy subcontracting work and his type B co-worker represents the government side of the project and has for a very long time. So I doubt he would consider a career change at his age. He just rubs certain people wrong and maybe doesn't recognize some of his quirks.
Posted by: jeanb, Sunday, January 6, 2013, 3:32am; Reply: 4
Most of the websites give free access to articles.  I just did a project at work on stress and MBTI types and I was able to access all of the information free of charge.  ISFJ'S can take too long to finish routine work.  Change coming at them too quickly can do them in.  

The last company in which I worked had all ESTJ and ENTJ management.  The workers were all F types.  Horrible issues between management and workers.  I think sometimes the personality of the business doesn't fit with the personality of the workers.

My husband and I are currently,working with an ISFJ project  manager for a house we are building.  I am really concerned it will come to blows between my ESTJ A husband and the PM.  The PM has difficulties in communicating with my husband and everything my husband says hits the heart of the PM.  The PM cannot hold to a schedule because he doesn't ride the contractors and allows them to show late.  My husband took over the project this week as the contractors kept calling him.  The pm is now moping and won't return emails or phone calls.  Classic form of miscommunication between types.  My husband and I need to get into the new house by jan 31 as our lease is up, we are saying damn the torpedoes, we are not interested in feelings of the pm right now, we have a schedule to meet.  Sounds mean and unfeeling I know but we don't want to waste any more time.  

My sister is an ISFJ who is a career nurse.  She is so happy and good at her job that she has asked and been given permission to work into her 70's if she wants.
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Sunday, January 6, 2013, 10:08am; Reply: 5
Jean thanks so much for your input I find it very interesting.
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Sunday, January 6, 2013, 10:16am; Reply: 6
Jean thanks so much for your input I find it very interesting.

I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out
why I do so bad with women leaders( if they are younger than 50
and so well with older men .
Like when I have had interviews for jobs ; young men and women in 25-45  and it always went bad.
Older men 55 + and it went well ... for a long time I thought it was my Leo behavior but I realize now that it is more my Ennegram 7/MB type( ENFP)  that  makes a difference.....and I am slowly working on my personality
- starting a course tomorrow at UNI and then new job ( teaching) in February. I really want it to go well= get a new vacancy after this stops in April. :-/
But I know some people will find me TOO much- too independent -I don´t like leaders much  :B.

Funny enough my sister B Leo as well ;) ( don´t know her MB -but she is type 3 on enneagram has some of the same problems ::)
Posted by: Christopher1, Sunday, January 6, 2013, 4:12pm; Reply: 7
Nomads make great counselors, I've found.

Psychologists.
Posted by: 16796 (Guest), Sunday, January 6, 2013, 7:23pm; Reply: 8
This subject is really interesting to me as I have a terrible time with jobs. I can't find one that fits and somehow keep getting bosses I can't get along with. I'm a leo too. I'm not sure about the mbti test. Each time I take it I can't decide. I can relate to both sometimes so it seems I change my answers each time.
Posted by: jeanb, Sunday, January 6, 2013, 8:09pm; Reply: 9
Rachel D,

In regard to MBTI test, you probably need to take a professionally administered one to get accurate results.  The quick online versions are ok, but if you are between types, you need the facets to see what is in type and not in type.

Henriette:

Thanks for the kind words, there is a book called I'm Not Crazy, I'm Just Not You, that goes into cultural differences with MBTI as well as generational differences.  I often get myself into trouble with younger people as I have a notorious work ethic which my younger employees view as sober and not fun...needless to say my generation and older like me and my work ethic, younger folks view me with fear and loathing ;)

When I employ younger people, I give the lecture about doing right for the company first ethically and morally.  Chatting on Facebook all day is not a correct use of time at work...I usually get the confused look from them.  My 21 year old son has an excellent job and was asked to take on more responsibility.  He called me up and complained and I then took the opportunity to yell at him about being a lazy little brat and he better accept the responsibility gracefully with a smile on his face.  Lesson learned!!!

Generations, I never thought I would be the old fart!!! ;D
Posted by: jeanb, Sunday, January 6, 2013, 8:11pm; Reply: 10
Henriette:

After reading your posts, I always wondered why you didn't start  your own business; that way you never have to worry about bosses.

The independent types usually are the best at self motivation and can take risks with businesses.  
Posted by: Adopted4, Monday, January 7, 2013, 4:36am; Reply: 11
I was talking to my Nomad son today more in depth about his feelings regarding law enforcement. There are aspects of the general field that he has a hard time envisioning himself in, even though he's talked off and on about being a police officer. Imaging himself in frequent, dangerous, high adrenaline situations is very overwhelming to him, and therefore sees himself better in lower risk situations. We talked a lot today about the need these days for security guards in many different public institutions. In spite of what anybody may think about jobs, the economy, and the political outlook here in America, I think most people can agree that the need for good security officers in so many public places is an occupation that will not decrease or go away over time. We both agreed that may be an excellent field to get into after he graduates from high school. He does want to go to college to pursue a criminal justice associates degree.

I personally think teaching or counseling would be excellent career possibilities for him also, although I think he prefers to use his talent as a physically and mentally strong student in martial arts to his advantage in his chosen career field.

I, too, find the Myers-Briggs testing very intriguing, but like they say some people do choose career fields and life goals contrary to what the "best" match may be for many different reasons. People should use common sense and good judgment in making life choices, particularly when they're young and have a lot of growing up to do, but having the courage to be "stretched" a little can have enormous rewards if a person sticks with it and is dedicated to making it work. 21 years ago, when I got married, I would have never envisioned myself or believed anyone that told me I would be a 3-time adoptive parent that would dedicate her life to homeschooling her children into adulthood. Yet, I've done it, I'm doing it (with the exception of my older kids doing a couple years of public school), and plan to follow through as long as our family feels its the right thing to do. As a Christian, following God's leading isn't always pleasant or comfortable, and has at times been downright scary and daunting. But when you walk in obedience and believe in the end He will see you through, the joy in the journey of life is immeasurable.

I sincerely hope all of you find what you're missing in your individual lives, and have peace in the day to day challenges you're confronted with.
Posted by: jeanb, Monday, January 7, 2013, 4:56am; Reply: 12
Adopted, are there opportunities for your son to be a police officer for day or do a practicum with a security firm before he commits?  I don't think anyone can ever say the MBTI can say what people should do definitively for their careers, but it can guide people who don't know where to start or if they are unhappy with their career choices.

Most people will change their careers at least 4 to 5 times during their lifetimes, it would be nice to be happy with all career choices.  So far so good for me....
Posted by: TJ, Monday, January 7, 2013, 7:37am; Reply: 13
This B would be bored to tears as a security guard. Too much rigidity, routine, and sitting around doing nothing. That's usually a very SJ type of job, and I doubt many SJ's like it; they are just dutiful and patient enough to do it well.

On the other hand, it is interesting how the same type of job can be very different from place to place. My own job is a good example. I am one of two computer help desk specialists for my school. My position is at a school away from the main IT department. I don't have anyone around looking over my shoulder to make sure I'm on task 100% of the time, and I travel around to different sites to help users at several locations. The other position is at the main school, right in the IT office under the director's supervision every day. Most of the other specialist's work is done right there at that location (very little travel). Even though we both provide the same kind of service for our respective users, working that position would drive me crazy, whereas the one I'm in is great because of the flexibility and travel.
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Monday, January 7, 2013, 5:27pm; Reply: 14
Quoted from jeanb
Henriette:

After reading your posts, I always wondered why you didn't start  your own business; that way you never have to worry about bosses.

The independent types usually are the best at self motivation and can take risks with businesses.  


I actually might one day  ;) thanks.

Well, actually I had a very good experience today.
I have been so lucky to get a 2 months vacancy at a school and went by today and said hallo.
and the Leader of the school — said to me after I had been there 2 hrs
I really like your spirit, your open mindness and they way you relate with people. ;D I think we are going to get along well ;)
Well he was a man age 55 +- so maybe not so surprised.

I think my problem with younger women is that they feel threaten; I am a team-player but I am also a person who takes responsibility and handle my own problems I am rather straight fore ward and not somebody who talks behind peoples back...

Posted by: Captain_Janeway, Monday, January 7, 2013, 10:10pm; Reply: 15
Quoted from jeanb
When I employ younger people, I give the lecture about doing right for the company first ethically and morally.  Chatting on Facebook all day is not a correct use of time at work...I usually get the confused look from them.  My 21 year old son has an excellent job and was asked to take on more responsibility.  He called me up and complained and I then took the opportunity to yell at him about being a lazy little brat and he better accept the responsibility gracefully with a smile on his face.  Lesson learned!!!

Generations, I never thought I would be the old fart!!! ;D


I see this kind of mentality every day teaching students at the college level...you would think after a while  they would learn why their lack of ambition got them  no better than a minimum wage job at the local java café.

Good for you jeanb, we need more old farts ;D...never thought I would be one either.
Posted by: 16796 (Guest), Monday, January 7, 2013, 10:34pm; Reply: 16
I just wanted to say I took the test that was linked to above and I came out as INTJ - "Mastermind". Introverted intellectual with a preference for finding certainty. A builder of systems and the applier of theoretical models. 2.1% of total population. I think this describes me pretty well. But maybe thats just who I am today lol.
Posted by: Christopher1, Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 1:31am; Reply: 17
Quoted from 16796
I just wanted to say I took the test that was linked to above and I came out as INTJ - "Mastermind". Introverted intellectual with a preference for finding certainty. A builder of systems and the applier of theoretical models. 2.1% of total population. I think this describes me pretty well. But maybe thats just who I am today lol.


INTJ here, too. Logical, straightforward, maybe quirky.
Posted by: Serenity, Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 1:56am; Reply: 18
quote from http://www.infj.com/INFJorINTJ.htm
"One of the most common "lookalikes" is INFJ and INTJ.  I wish I had a nickel for every INFJ who believes they have INTJ preferences; or for every INTJ who believes they have INFJ preferences."

The above site is an interesting comparison.
I switch to INTJ in a blink of an eye if I have (esp at work) to yet I love to know & remember who likes what if I am hosting a dinner party or buying a gift :)
Posted by: Averno, Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 2:16am; Reply: 19
Quoted from Serenity

"One of the most common "lookalikes" is INFJ and INTJ.  I wish I had a nickel for every INFJ who believes they have INTJ preferences; or for every INTJ who believes they have INFJ preferences."


I am INTJ on the fence with INFJ. Even with the long questionnaire, It boils down to how I answer just one question: Do you believe the scientific way is the best way? (Paraphrasing here), Tough call, but yes. That's just how I feel about it.   ;)
Posted by: TJ, Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 5:20am; Reply: 20
As interesting as the MBTI is, I think it was made for As and Os.
Posted by: gulfcoastguy, Thursday, January 10, 2013, 11:10pm; Reply: 21
Routines are for A's, they drive B's nuts. Has he considered nursing or a job as an EMT.
Posted by: Adopted4, Friday, January 11, 2013, 3:09am; Reply: 22
Originally, when my dh and I started probing him a couple years ago, he was talking about working in a laboratory. We said it would be good to determine whether he preferred the general health care field or in forensics. He started reading books from the library and determined he wanted to get into the law enforcement field. I wouldn't discourage him from exploring the medical profession or counseling/psychology if he changes his mind, but at this point he is in the middle of 11th grade and pretty determined to graduate with a good foundation in criminal justice.
Posted by: Amazone I., Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 5:31pm; Reply: 23
yep Jean you are right in your statement but normalls SP and SJ types match together and NF and NT types as well but NT's must be aware about their lack of their F-side... not really lacking but inferieure and especially the ESTP/J's can be very demanding in their performances in speeches (storytellers from da finest but one of the best sellers coz of lacking the F-side as well ;) :D )......

all about the right developement of every letter in our psychograms ;) ;D... :X(hehe)(cool) that'swhy I once wrote that the Ruiz program is a superbeneficial for all of us ;) ...(smile)(smarty)(ok)(clap)

be impaccable with your words
don't take anything personally
don't make assumptions
always do your best
be sceptical but learn to listen


while working on and with those phrases...you become aware about a lot of your own patterns and they help to come along with your change :D....
Posted by: Mrs T O+, Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 12:56am; Reply: 24
The B I know has a job with flexibility & does a few things on the side sometimes.
He has a strong sense of right & wrong & when younger respected authority.  Now older, he has a rebellious streak, but not to do wrong.  He does not deal well with incompetence & cheating.
I like his traits, but I need more structure to get more done.
On this forum, there are so many with "I" as the first trait in the 'testing.'
Can there be that few "E"s?
Posted by: TJ, Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 1:21am; Reply: 25
I think E's are more common, but they aren't as likely to participate in forums. It's just sampling error.  ;)
Posted by: jeanb, Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 2:06am; Reply: 26
Like TJ says, in North American populations, there are about 60% E's and 40% I's.  This board has more I's than E's, as an E, I find it difficult communicating on a board, feels very disorienting.  
Posted by: gulfcoastguy, Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 2:44am; Reply: 27
Quoted from Mrs T O+
The B I know has a job with flexibility & does a few things on the side sometimes.
He has a strong sense of right & wrong & when younger respected authority.  Now older, he has a rebellious streak, but not to do wrong.  He does not deal well with incompetence & cheating.
I like his traits, but I need more structure to get more done.
On this forum, there are so many with "I" as the first trait in the 'testing.'
Can there be that few "E"s?


Are you sure you aren't talking about me? Yes we have difficulty giving structure to those who require it. I've told employee's before "here are the results that I need, here is one way to do it, here are the legal must haves. If you can find a better way to do it let me know so I can check the math/legal requirements and I'll probably approve it." Seems the right way to me, I don't want to operate hand puppets.
Posted by: Adopted4, Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 2:53am; Reply: 28
Perhaps introverts, like myself, feel discussion boards are a less "threatening" form of communication since some of us may not prefer a lot of face to face contact or communication with others. It's not that we are anti-social or don't like to "go out", but it's just part of our nature to be more drawn to this form of communication.
Posted by: jeanb, Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 3:16am; Reply: 29
Adopted4, what do you feel about Facebook?  I find the public sharing of political, religious, and all other beliefs very disingenuous and a bit shallow.  
Posted by: Mrs T O+, Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 3:37am; Reply: 30
Just because I am more of an E, it doesn't mean there are enough opportunities to be around people, so this forum is also a wonderful means of having company & learning.
It works because it is a topic we all are (usually)passionately interested in.
I choose this to be my main forum, not because I don't like other people or topics, but I have to decide on my use of time & this is a very worthy use of my time!
Posted by: Adopted4, Thursday, January 17, 2013, 1:59am; Reply: 31
I am on FaceBook, but it wasn't really my idea until my husband got me on it a year or so ago. The way I looked at it was that we would share the same friends, so he and I would receive nearly the same feedback. There are just a few friends we have individually, though. I enjoy being on Facebook now for the most part, but sometimes there are a few individuals that post too often or put out controversial material.

I think FB is an excellent way for people like me to stay in touch with past friends, employers, and family. I have moved an awful lot in my lifetime and because it's just not realistic to stay in touch long term under those conditions, FB is a way to keep friends. My husband and I have friends that we individually knew before we were married many years ago.

I enjoy being connected with friends that share my political and religious views. I'm happy to offer prayer and support to friends that are going through troubling times, and they offer the same for me when I request. Of course, not all of my friends share my values and beliefs, but they understand who I am and remain polite and respectful as long as I treat them the same. But not everyone wants to or should be on FB if it's annoying or stressful.
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