everything you need to know about myers briggs type indicator test

I don’t normally promote any service, offering or book on Simpler Life Today. But I’m going to make an exception this time. I’ve been focusing on topics about finding and following a purpose, a goal, a destiny. In all fairness to this subject, I want to address a tool called MBTI®, or Myers Briggs Type Indicator test, or more accurately an assessment, and the role it can play to assist you in finding yourself in life.

About five years ago I took my MBTI® personality assessment. Didn’t expect much, but it was dead on! Not only did it give me an insight into my own personality, something that I’ve sensed all of my life but was unable to define, but also showed me how I interacted with others. In fact it was so accurate, and I was so impressed with it, that I became a Certified MBTI® Practitioner. This means that I can administer the MBTI® assessment and assist with interpretation of the results.

MBTI® will not tell you what your destiny is, or what your life’s purpose may be. However, by having a better understanding of your own personality, as well as personality traits of others, you may develop an insight that will assist you in finding your general direction in life. It also teaches us to expect certain differences between types and understand how to cope with them more efficiently.

You may have heard of MBTI® before, at work or school, or just curious about what it can do for you. This is why I’ve wrote this post about MBTI®, and why someday you may wish to take the assessment yourself. In any case, I put together the following outline, for you to gain the basic understanding of this Personality Assessment Tool and its benefits.

History

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator was based on the theory of psychological types described by a Swiss psychologist Carl G. Jung (1875-1961), forebearer of Analytical Psychology. It was originally developed by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Briggs Myers. The primary purpose of the indicator was to offer people access to the benefit of knowing their personality type.

Since its origin in 1942 it has continuously undergone rigorous research and development. According to the governing body, it’s the most widely used personality development tool in the world, with over 2 million new assessments each year. It claims to meet or exceed the reliability of other psychological instruments.

Application

The application of MBTI® can go quite deep. It can be applied to virtually all areas of personal growth with a degree of insight. Today the indicator is often used in the areas of life coaching, career coaching, personal development, team building, leadership training and marriage counseling. It literally has something for everyone.

16 Types

According to Myers Briggs Indicator, there are 16 distinctly different personality types comprised from four main preferences. The preferences are: Extraversion or Introversion, Sensing or Intuition, Thinking or Feeling, and Judging or Perceiving. Understanding these preferences and their relationships, aids in the interpretation and verification process of the tool.

There isn’t such a thing as a good or bad personality type. Each type has their unique preferences, and each is equally valuable. In fact, each personality type compliments the others. MBTI® indicates the personality type, not the person’s strength or weakness. I thought it would be interesting to summarize and describe each of the 16 types below. Incidentally my personality type is INFJ. Have fun.

1. ISTJ

Responsible and loyal to their families, relationships and organizations. As long as it makes sense to them, they will go to great lengths to complete something they believe in. Being competent and responsible, they prefer to work alone and take accountability for their own actions. They are practical, sensible, realistic, systematic, logical, analytical, detached and reasonable.

2. ISFJ

Considerate and dependable, committed to people with whom they associate. Work steadily to complete the job on time, but dislike to do anything that doesn’t make sense to them. They focus on what other people want or need from them, and establish orderly procedure to fulfill those needs. They take their responsibilities seriously. They are practical, realistic, specific, cooperative, thoughtful, kind and sensitive.

3. ESTP

Energetic and active problem solvers. They are resourceful and adaptable, creatively responding to challenges, constantly finding new ways to apply existing systems. Enjoying life makes them popular at social events. Their flexibility and rationality makes them good team members. They are observant, practical, realistic, active, analytical, assertive and straightforward.

4. ESFP

Living in the moment, loving life, enjoying people, activities, clothing and nature. Finding ways to creatively meet human needs. Learning as they go, they are excellent goal oriented team players. They have hands on, fun loving attitudes. They appreciate and take pleasure in their possessions. They are observant, practical, specific, realistic, active, involved, generous, optimistic, tactful, and persuasive.

5. INTJ

Clearly envision future possibilities. Possess drive and organizational skills to accomplish their plans. Enjoy complex challenges, theoretical and abstract thought. Accomplish visionary goals through long range thinking, creating structure and implementing strategies. Quickly adapt to new information and events. Creative, insightful, conceptual, rational, concise, clear, objectively critical and detached.

6. INFJ

Intuitive understanding of human relationships and complex meanings. Trusting in their insight, often understanding others before they understand themselves. Empathically understanding, with the organizational skills for enhancing people’s lives. Seeking meaning in life, while disliking details unless they fit their inner vision. Creative, insightful, visionary, symbolic, metaphorical, conceptual, idealistic, deep, compassionate and sensitive.

7. ENTP

Searching out possibilities and opportunities. Recognize patterns and connections that others can not. Strategically analyzing outcomes. Excellent at understanding systems and resourceful at navigating within them to achieve the desired results. Innovative and enthusiastic. Motivated by challenges, they are enthusiastic and innovative. Imaginative, clever, creative, conceptual, curious, theoretical, logical, objective and assertive.

8. ENFP

Living life of creativity and adventure. Experiencing intense emotions and feelings. Insightful about people and organizations. Persuasively pursuing that which is most important to them. Energetic and enthusiastic, they adapt and blossom wherever they happen to be. Intrigued by ideas, experiences and people, they connect and find meaning with others. Creative, imaginative, spontaneous, friendly, caring and supportive.

9. ISTP

Careful observers of their surroundings. Efficiently solve the core problems with the least amount of effort. Curious about how things work. Not interested in abstract theories unless they can easily apply them. Enjoy solving problems objectively. Specialize in making rational and objective decisions. Focus on realistic, tangible possibilities. Analytical, detached, logical, objective, pragmatic, practical and realistic.

10. INTP

Independently solve problems, great at providing detached analytical ideas and solutions. Sceptical and intelligent, they challenge themselves with difficult questions in order to discover new, logical answers. Although they work best alone, their critical nature can offer assistance to groups with complex problems. Analytical, logical, objectively critical, detached, mentally quick, insightful and intensely curious.

11. ESTJ

Focus on the present, that which is tangible and real. Enjoy organizing projects and creating procedures. Live life by clear and defined believe systems and expect others to do the same. They hold efficiency and competence in high regard, with little tolerance for confusion and inefficiency. Eager to plan for, and correct situations that are not working well. Decisive, logical, analytical, critical, assertive, practical, pragmatic and systematic.

12. ENTJ

Natural strategic leaders, they develop possibilities into plans. Recognize illogical and inefficient procedures and readily proceed to correct them. Organizers of people, events and organizations to advance forward according to plan. Set and enforce high standards on others and themselves. Tough when necessary, they recognize intelligence and competence, but dislike inefficiency. Clear, assertive, decisive, logical, conceptual and innovative.

13. ISFP

Joyfully live in the present. Love the freedom to follow their own calling, to have their space and the time to enjoy the moment. They offer the same freedom to others. Highly dedicated to those people and things that are important to them. Directed by strong sense of inner values. Eager to contribute to the happiness and well being of others. Considerate, gentle, sensitive, kind, trusting, practical, observant, factual and realistic.

14. INFP

Highly aligned with their values. They want to participate in activities that contribute to their own growth and development, as well as to the development of others. Committed to their believes, they seek out purpose in life. They respect and honor the needs and obligations to others. Typically working in bursts of energy, they prefer exciting, meaningful work. Loyal, idealistic, sensitive, concerned, creative and curious.

15. ESFJ

Radiating warmth and energy they are socially outgoing. Detail oriented, they enjoy organizing people and activities, and accurately following through. They appreciate security and stability and avoid conflicts and tense situations. They like to be appreciated for who they are and for what they offer to others. Enjoy and take care of their possessions. Helpful, tactful, sympathetic, cooperative, decisive, realistic, practical, consistent and thorough.

16. ENFJ

Highly tuned into others, they emphasize support and encouragement. Able to quickly build relationships, they bring together different factions. Persuasive, they radiate warmth and energy. They notice the best in people, and build cooperative and friendly relationships. Appreciate approval, they are extra sensitive to negativity and criticism. Warm, loyal, trustworthy, compassionate, supportive, imaginative and creative.

In Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed reading about the different personality types. To determine your type, you will need to begin by taking your assessment. A word of caution, you will find a lot of free Myers Briggs tests online. Please be aware that unless they are administered by a certified MBTI® Practitioner, they are an imitation and may not offer you the same level of quality as the authentic indicator. In fact by giving you incorrect interpretation, they may actually cause more harm than good. It’s well worth it, to take the genuine assessment.

Live well. Vlad

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