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Top 3 Personality Conflicts in General Surgery Residency

Top 3 Personality Conflicts General Surgery in Residency

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INTROVERTED VS EXTROVERTED
Most people who go into general surgeryare extroverted. They like to work with their hands and get their energy from being around a lot of people, hence choosing a specialty that allows you to interact with patients and other specialities thoughout the day. There are introverts in surgical specialties, but they are not as common. When an extrovert interacts with an introvert, miscommunication is inevitable. The extrovert will feel that the introvert is not communicative enough, and even worse, might feel that the introvert lacks knowledge. In the operating room, the introvert might not state what they are thinking, further frustrating the extrovert. To the extrovert, more communication is key. The introvert is a minimalist when it comes to communication.

INTUITIVES VS SENSING PERSONALITY CONFLICTS
The majority of general surgery residents have sensing personality types. This means that they are likely to easily recall data, recall operations, and recall statistics. A smaller group make up the intuitive personality type. This group are less inclined to recall facts and specific details of operations, and are more likely to look at the big picture. Communication issues arise when the sensing personality type cannot get specific or correct details from the intuitive. The sensing type becomes frustrated at the intuitives lack of details or inability to recall easy facts.

THINKING VERSUS FEELING PERSONALITY TYPES
Most surgeons have thinking personality types. That means they base their decisions objectively and are more likely to hurt the feelings of others without realizing it. Most nurses have feeling personality times, which means they enjoy harmony. This is ripe with potential conflicts. The nurse will see the surgery resident as rude, or overbearing, or uncaring, etc. This will result in hurt feelings from the nurse and confusion from the surgery resident.

To learn more about personality types, check out Bates Please Understand Me: Character and Temperament Types

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