This post was written by Jantine Wijtsma, a long time MindSonar professional from the Netherlands. Jantine works mainly in career counseling and we hope that she will continue for many posts to tell us how she is using MindSonar in her daily practice.
I do a lot of career coaching for people who have had to call in sick, because they are in an early stage of burnout. Most of the time they have not actually burned out yet, but the condition does relate to them not knowing why their job doesn’t make them feel healthy any more. They don’t feel good, they lack energy, have vague muscle complaints or headaches, things like that.
Anja was like that. She had called in sick due to extreme tiredness but now she was back, working just a few hours a week for starters. Her company asked me to help Anja find her way to “healthy working” again.
Anja was a psychologist with high scores for “external reference”, “people”, and “kinesthetics”. She paid lots of attention to her patients, could feel what the person in front of her needed in therapy, and gave herself up to the whole therapy process. According to her Mindsonar score, Anja had to work on her “internal reference” (is this as good for me as for my patient?), and use more of her high scores on “kinesthetics” and “people”. Both of these are very helpful in her profession, but not if you use them only to benefit the person in front of you and forget all about yourself.
After a few sessions with me as her career coach, Anja had learned how to use her “internal reference” and was more aware of how she could apply her kinesthetic power and focus on people. She also learned about the pitfalls to avoid, and soon she was able to work full time again.