One day, when I was 13, my dad brought home a book that changed my life. It was titled Please Understand Me II by David Keirsey. His theory was based on C.G. Jung's personality theory, just like that of Isabel Briggs Myers and Katharine Briggs who created the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®.
My parents, siblings, and I all took the personality assessment within the book and learned what our personality types were. Afterward, we sat around the dinner table discussing our results for hours. Little did I know this type of assessment would be an obsession for me for the next 18+ years—and many more to come, I’m sure.
Learning things like the fact that I was the only extravert who was energized by talking to others (rather than by alone time, like all five of my family members) made me realize that there wasn’t anything “wrong” with me; we were just different. It normalized everything and gave us neutral words to discuss our similarities and differences.
Through my role as a career educator at a university and a coach, I have worked with over 200 people to help them discover their personality types, talents, and strengths to better understand themselves. I believe this work is vital to living one's life fully.
I have spoken with hundreds of people who have been reactive in their lives and made default choices based on what they thought they should do or what they ought to do, only to discover years later that they are unhappy and wish they had taken a different path. My goal with utilizing these assessments is to help people empower themselves to make fully conscious decisions about who they are and what they want out of life.
I am a firm believer that an increase in self-awareness leads to an increase in emotional intelligence. When people understand who they are and what they want, they make choices and decisions from a place of confidence because they are aligned with their core selves when making them. They also are better able to articulate their thoughts and feelings to others and, in turn, have empathy for the thoughts and feelings of others.
When relationships and workplaces are full of self-aware, emotionally intelligent people making conscious, proactive decisions, I believe the world will be a much calmer, happier place. So I'm doing my small part to help create that world—one person at a time.
DEGREES & CERTIFICATIONS
In 2009, I graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from California State University, Fullerton, the same university where David Keirsey once taught. I also completed two years in a graduate program for counseling there, during which time I learned about counseling theories in regard to individuals, groups, couples, families, and career planning. In 2016, I graduated from Chapman University with a master's degree in Leadership Development.
Since 2015, I have been an MBTI® Certified Practitioner, which means that I administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® assessment to help people discover more about their personality types and preferences. I have also been a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach since 2016, so I utilize the CliftonStrengths assessment to help individuals and teams identify and maximize their greatest strengths.