I am sure many of you are familiar with the Myers-Briggs personality test. You may have taken it at work, school or for fun online.
If you haven’t, this one at HumanMetrics is pretty popular. However, I prefer these two: kisa.ca/personality and discordia-inc.co.uk/misc/mbtitest.html And John’s Personality Test is new, but it’s kinda fun.
I personally think the tests are not very accurate (as I believe they measure behavior while the theory these tests are based on revolve around how a person thinks) and they take a good amount of self-awareness to take properly, however, they are a decent enough place to start. You can help confirm your results by reading descriptions of several types. (For example, if the result is ISTJ, I suggest reading ISTJ, ESTJ, INTJ or even ISFP.)
A benefit to learning about personalities is learning about yourself and about other people – how we are similar and different, how to get long better, what drives us, etc.
Without getting into any theory today (and watch it, I may in the future – I LOVE the MBTI and Jung and the study of personality – so this is a warning!) I just wanted to share what my own type is, a little snippet about it and ask what your type is!
I am an INFJ. This stands for Introvert, Intuition, Feeling, Perceiving. INFJs are the rarest type, at about 1-3% of the population and we are nicknamed the “Counselors” and are known for being very complex.
INFJs are “old souls.” Many grow up feeling wiser than would be predicted by their chronological age. Having discovered the benefits of their Introverted Intuition (Ni) quite early in life, INFJs grow to trust its judgments and insights. They may take on the role of counseling and advising their friends and siblings, or even adult family members, from a fairly young age. [..]
INFJs see two people in everyone. They see the public persona, the outer shell, that everyone else sees. But more importantly, their Ni provides a deeper sense or impression people, penetrating appearances and reading hidden motives and intentions. Rightly or not, INFJs often feel they can see people more clearly than those people can see themselves. [..]
More specifically, INFJs are far less serious inwardly than they may appear outwardly. Their inner world is well described as playful, imaginative, colorful, mischievous, and daring. [..]
While INFJs are deeply theoretical, they don’t build their theories by consciously assembling facts in the way that Thinking or Sensing types might. Rather, INFJs see general connections and patterns by way of their Intuition; they experience everything as interconnected. [..]
INFJs also have a deep concern for quality. [..] Perhaps more than anything, INFJs love spending time engrossed in meaningful conversation. Because of their verbosity and communal nature, they are commonly mistaken for Extraverts.
What do you think about this whole system?