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There have been a number of explanations for unemployment, but a new one has popped up that has some ESFPs worried: A connection with personality type?

If you're not familiar with the Myers-Briggs or Keirsey personality type inventories, fret not - you can take the test online and compare it to the unemployment results.

[Your personality type can be found by taking a quiz here. We'll wait.]

Truity Psychometrics studied unemployed persons to see if there were differences by personality group. And, there definitely were:

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The following personality types had above 6% unemployment:

  • ENTP (Extroversion Intuitive Thinking Perceiving) - 6.7%
  • ESFP (Extroversion Sensing Feeling Perceiving) - 6.4%
  • INFP (Introversion Intuitive Feeling Perceiving) - 7.9%
  • INTP (Introversion Intuitive Thinking Perceiving) - 7.7%
  • ISFP (Introversion Sensing Feeling Perceiving) - 8.1%

The following types had lower unemployment: ENFJ (4.1%), ENFP (4.3%), ENTJ (3.0%), ESFJ (3.6%). ESTJ (3.4%), ESTP (4.2%), INFJ (5.0%), INTJ (4.6%), ISFJ (4.9%), ISTJ (3.6%), and ISTP (4.2%).

The personality type with the lowest unemployment was ENTJ (Extroversion Intuitive Thinking Judging) with just a 3.0% rate.

If you noticed that the types with the highest unemployment rates had one thing in common, the Perceiving component, then you are very... perceptive. Here is what the Myers & Briggs Foundation says about this personality trait:

Remember, in type language perceiving means “preferring to take in information.” It does not mean being “perceptive” in the sense of having quick and accurate perceptions about people and events.

Another personality type website, Know Your Type, explained that Perceiving people:

  • like staying open to respond to whatever happens
  • look more loose and casual
  • like to keep laid-out plans to a minimum
  • like to approach work as play or mix work and play
  • work in burst of energy, and enjoy rushing just before deadlines
  • sometimes stay open to new information so long that they miss making decisions
  • sometimes focus so much on adapting to the moment that they do not settle on a direction or plan

See a connection? Whether there is one or not, the research fuels the debate over the “ideal” work habits employers seek out and adds an interesting dimension for unemployed people to consider or when giving advice to people who are looking for work.

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