Interesting piece, as usual.
I think you’d like this article on the infamous Myers-Briggs personality test: https://areomagazine.com/2021/03/09/should-you-trust-the-myers-briggs-personality-test/
I don’t particularly like examining myself… For me any amount of self-absorption beyond, I don’t know, ten minutes, can feel a bit suffocating. And I don’t find me too interesting, anyway. But it’s also that I fear that too much self-exploration may be limiting. I don’t want to define myself too much. It may be illusory, but I like to believe that there are still some unexplored, yet-to-be-discovered-and-grown branches in me, at least potentially.
Having said that, though, I’d definitely agree that we should know ourselves enough to be aware of what our natural aptitudes, dispositions and general interests are—these I think are largely innate, and thus unlikely to change much in the course of our lives (especially once we’re adults)—so that we can, ideally, find an occupation aligned with them.
It’s mostly just that I dislike too much self-directed rumination, I suppose. I also tend to feel more alive and alert and “light” when I focus outwardly (I think this isn’t at all particular to me).
PS: I just realized that there’s so much “I”, “myself” and “me” stuff in this comment made by someone alleging not to be particularly interested in inward focus. What can I say...