Caregiver by Nature vs. Nurture?
Roughly 12% of the population are Born as "Nature Caregivers” and you can learn more about these special folks here. Organizations in Senior Living or Healthcare in general would do well to learn to understand, attract and relate to the Caregiver Personality.
Many Caregivers are thrust into the role… they are Borne (by circumstances of accepting a burden or responsibility) as “Nurture Caregivers” and may find that their ‘personality’ changes over time!
The “Nature Born Caregiver” often feels guilty if they don’t Care for and Serve Others; they will do so even if they have to break the rules in order to serve others because much of their personal worth and satisfaction is derived in this manner. This is not inherently “pleasure seeking” behavior as much as Guilt Avoidance… this is in their Nature!
The “Nurture Born(e) Caregiver” often feels angry that circumstances require them to Care for and Serve Others; they feel obligated to do things that do not come natural to them and may resent the position they find themselves. This is not pleasure or credit seeking behavior as much as Anger Management… allowing them to overcome the environment they are in…
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Portrait of a Caregiver Personality
In the 1940's two remarkable women, Katherine Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Myers, developed a personality test known as MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator). The purpose of the MBTI is to discover what your personality type is and to use that knowledge to achieve a happy and prosperous life. Knowing your personality type opens the door to the deep self-understanding that will motivate you to enhance your strengths and learn to overcome your weaknesses. Your personal growth, relationships, and career are much more likely to be successful and happy if you have a deep understanding of why you do the things you do and think the way you think.