Have you ever wondered what type of personality you fall under? Yes, sure you may be either an extrovert, introvert or you go both ways, an ambivert. But do you know according to the Myers-Briggs test, there are 16 types of personality? I’m not joking.
The purpose of the Myers-Briggs type indicator personality inventory is to make the theory of psychological types described by Carl Jung, a renowned Swiss psychiatrist. He created eight distinct personality types and contributed to the definitions of introversion and extroversion. The introvert is most aware of his or her inner world while the external world is still perceived. They are more concerned with subjective appraisal and gives more towards fantasies and dreams.
The extrovert, in contrast, is characterized by the outward movement of psychic energy. This places more importance on objectivity and is highly influenced by their surrounding environment.
All okay so far?
This test questionnaire first published in 1943, was originally developed in the United States by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers. Katharine was inspired to start researching on personality type theory when she first met Isabel’s future husband, Clarence Myers. Although he was an eligible match for her daughter, Katharine noticed that he had a different way of seeing the world to her and her family. This sparks curiosity among her to develop and study personalities.
While you may have heard that some may say “Hey, I’m an ESFP” and you’re just clueless as to what each four-letter Myers-Briggs type listed. Take the test towards the end of the article, but first, here’s what you need to know:
1.Introverted (I) vs Extroverted (E)
Where do you put your attention and get your energy? Do you cave in at home and unwind by watching a movie (I) or surround yourself with your friends (E)?
2. Sensing (S) vs Intuition (N)
Do you pay attention to information that comes through your five senses (S) or do you pay more attention to future possibilities and the meaning of information you get (N)?
3. Thinking (T) vs Feeling (F)
Whenever you’re making a big decision, do you use your head, logic and reasons (T), or with your heart, using emotion and are considerate of others’ feelings (F)?
4. Judging (J) vs Perceiving (P)
When it comes to going on a trip or you have an event to attend, do you normally prefer planning, structure, and making a decision in advance (J), or you would rather go with the flow, spontaneous and keep things open-ended (P)?
I’m sure some of you are slowly panning out your alphabets and characterizing yourself by now.
The types in summary:
ISTJ: Introverted-sensing- thinking- judging
Qualities: responsible, honest, hard-working, create and enforce order
Weakness: Stubborn, insensitive, judgemental, always by the book.
ISTJs you know: Queen Elizabeth, Warren Buffett, Natalie Portman
ISFJ: Introverted- sensing- feeling – judging
Qualities: sensitive, humble, kind, helpful, private
Weakness: Takes thing personally, not adaptive to new things, dislike criticism and conflict.
ISFJs you know: Kate Middleton, Selena Gomez, Beyonce, Mother Teresa
INFJ: Introverted- intuitive- feeling- judging
Qualities: Caring, empathetic, bright, perceptive, creative
Weakness: sensitive, burn out easily, perfectionistic
INFJs you know: Oprah Winfrey, Nelson Mandela, Adam Sandler, Nicole Kidman
INTJ: Introverted- intuitive- thinking- judging
Qualities: visionary, innovative, independent, direct
Weakness: arrogant, overly analytical, clueless in romance
INTJs you know: Christopher Nolan, Elon Musk, Maria Shriver
ISTP: Introverted- sensing- thinking- perceiving
Qualities: detail-oriented, observant, supportive, laid-back
Weakness: Stubborn, dislike commitment, easily bored
ISTPs you know: Tom Cruise, Bruce Lee, Demi Moore, Clint Eastwood
ISFP: Introverted- sensing- feeling- perceiving
Qualities: creative, warm, enthusiastic, free spirit
Weakness: unpredictable, easily stressed, low self-esteem
ISFPs you know: Michael Jackson, Avril Lavigne, Britney Spears, Kevin Costner
INFP: Introverted- intuitive-feeling- perceiving
Qualities: friendly, big dreamer, passionate, idealistic
Weakness: impractical, take things personally, difficult to get to know
INFPs you know: William Shakespeare, Johnny Depp, Bjork
INTP: Introverted- intuitive- thinking- perceiving
Qualities: smart, innovative, individualistic, reserved
Weakness: absent-minded, condescending, second-guess themselves
INTPs you know: Kristen Stewart, Bill Gates, Albert Einstein
ESTP: Extroverted- sensing- thinking- perceiving
Qualities: Confident, friendly, risk-taker, spontaneous
Weakness: impatient, defiant, unstructured, insensitive
ESTPs you know: Madonna, Donald Trump, Miley Cyrus
Qualities: Fun, loving, childlike spirit, perceptive
Weakness: Poor long-term planners, unfocused, conflict-averse
ESFPs you know: Adele, Katy Perry, Will Smith, Bill Clinton
Qualities: Energetic, creative passionate
Weakness: Highly emotional, poor practical skills, get stressed easily
ENFPs you know: Ellen DeGeneres, Robin Williams, Walt Disney, Sandra Bullock
ENTP: Extroverted- intuitive- thinking- perceiving
Qualities: Innovative, adventurous, quick-witted, charming
Weakness: Argumentative, dislike practical matters, intolerant
ENTPs you know: Celine Dion, Tom Hanks, Robert Downey Jr
ESTJ: Extroverted- sensing- thinking- judging
Qualities: direct, leader, capable, accomplished, efficient
Weakness: Judgemental, too focus on social status, difficult to relax
ESTJs you know: Emma Watson, Judge Judy, George Washington
ESFJ: Extroverted- sensing- feeling- judging
Qualities: friendly, detail-oriented, giving, sensitive
Weakness: Inflexible, vulnerable to criticism, often too needy
ESFJs you know: Jennifer Lopez, Martha Stewart, Danny Glover
ENFJ: Extroverted- intuitive- feeling- judging
Qualities: Passionate, goal-oriented, dramatic, driven
Weakness: too selfless, too sensitive, struggle to make tough decisions.
ENFJs you know: Barack Obama, Tom Hiddleston, Jennifer Lawrence
ENTJ: Extroverted- intuitive- thinking- judging
Qualities: Driven, focused, logical, persuasive, determined
Weakness: stubborn and dominant, cold and ruthless
ENTJs you know: George Clooney, Gordon Ramsay, Al Gore
To know what type of personality you are in and in-depth information about the Myers -Briggs test, take the full assessment here.
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