Have you ever heard of the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator test? If you so, have you had the guts to take it? The Myers-Briggs personality test is a no-joke, no-nonsense, intimate assessment of how someone sees the world around them, as well as their place in it. In fact, this test is reported to be so accurate that participants usually find themselves SHOCKED at the amount of horrifyingly true information is uncovered in a matter of minutes.
What Had Happened Was…
Originally created by a mother and daughter duo, Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers, this questionnaire is based on theories proposed by Carl Jung in the early 1900s. Basically, Jung said four things make up a person’s personality: thinking, feeling, sensation, and intuition, as well as whether they’re an introvert or an extrovert.
Myers and Briggs ran with this idea and created a set of 16 different personality types that are “loosely” based on Jung’s theory.
None of these types are necessarily “better” or “worse”, they’re just… different. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, but there’s no “advantage” to having one over the other.
To make it easy, the cast of The Big Bang Theory would be Analysts (NT), Dear White People‘s cast would be Diplomats (NF), New Girl‘s Cast would be Explorers (SP), and the cast of Grey’s Anatomy would be Sentinels (SJ).
Trust me, your Netflix preferences say much more about you than your binging habits.
Extroversion (E) Vs. Introversion (I)
People who prefer Extraversion (E) draw energy from action—meaning that they tend to act, reflect, and then act further. Usually, if they are inactive, such as when they are alone for long periods of time or are doing independent work, their motivation tends to decline. In order to rebuild their energy again, extraverts need to get back into the action by being around the energy of others.
Conversely, those who prefer Introversion (I) expend energy through action, instead preferring to reflect, act, and then reflect again. For them to rebuild their energy, introverts need quiet, alone time, far, far away from activity, people and noise.
Sensing (S) Vs. Intuition (N)
This function has to do with how we gather or perceive information, as well as how we interpret it.
People who are Sensing (S) individuals are more likely to trust information that is in the present, tangible, and concrete (that can be understood by the five senses). For people like this, Data is king, and on the throne right next to him are Details and Facts, who, as a family, govern what sensing people understand to be both possible AND impossible.
On the other hand, those who prefer Intuition (N) don’t necessarily put all their trust in their senses—they rely on their gut (think Olivia Pope in every episode of Scandal ever, “I TRUST MY GUT!”). These individuals are much more interested in future possibilities than unlikely probabilities. For example, a lowly static of the number of basketball players who actually make it into the NBA, or the even lower statistic of becoming Next Generation Oprah, would never stop an Intuitive from reaching for their dreams.
*The Intuition category is labeled with an “N” so as not to get confused with the Introvert category, which is labeled as “I”.
Feeling (F) Vs. Thinking (T)
Thinking (T) and Feeling (F) are the decision-making functions in a person’s personality. However, how you gather information does not equal how you act on it. Both modes of reasoning are used to make rational decisions so that a person can be an Intuitive (N) individual who makes decisions from a point of logic, or a concrete, Sensing (S) person who makes decisions based on how they feel.
Those who prefer Thinking (T) tend to decide things from a more detached standpoint, measuring their choices by what seems reasonable, logical, causal, consistent, and matching a given set of rules. To them, the truth of a matter is more important than anything else.
On the contrary, people who use Feeling (F) to arrive at their decisions usually empathize with the situation, looking at it ‘from the inside’ and weighing how they can create the greatest harmony between all people involved.
Judging (J) Vs. Perceiving (P)
Interestingly enough, people also have a preference for using either the Judging (J) function (Thinking or Feeling) or their Perceiving (P) function (Sensing or Intuition) when relating to the outside world.
People who see the world through their Judging (J) side basically prefer to either use their Thinking (T) or Feeling (F) function when making decisions. (TJ) individuals are much more likely to be described as logical reasoners, and (FJ) types as empathetic and out-of-the-box thinkers—however, both types like to plan things out and have matters “settled”.
People who show the world their Perceiving (P) function would rather make decisions by using their Sensing (S) or Intuition (N) sides when making a choice. (SP) types appear much more concrete to those around them, while (NP) individuals are often labeled as being more abstract—nevertheless, both types prefer to improvise and keep their options open.
Categorizing the Personalities
One of the most important indicators of a persons’ personality is the second letter, which is either (S) for Sensing or (N) for Intuitive, because it immediately speaks to whether someone is more idealistic (N), or more realistic (S).
There are two types of Intuitive (N) people—Intuitive Thinkers (NT) and Intuitive Feelers (NF):
Intuitive Thinkers (NT) are called Analysts (The Big Bang Theory)—they love to wonder and imagination, but mostly when applied to practical thoughts. These individuals tend to be scientists, doctors, engineers—people who see a solid problem that only the working imagination can solve
Intuitive Feelers (NF), on the other hand, are called Diplomats (Dear White People)—they apply their natural love of imagination and wonder to abstract problems that are typically people-centered. These types of people are lawyers, actors, poets, activists, authors, and teachers. They use their idealism and belief in people to change their world, as well as other problems that can’t necessarily be solved on paper.
Now, Sensing (S) people also have two main combinations—Sensing Judgers (SJ) and Sensing Perceivers (SP):
They can Sensing and Judging (SJ) types, or Sentinels, who are practical and down to earth, but who are also very protective of the relationships that they have with their close loved ones (Grey’s Anatomy). This type often goes into a career that directly helps people, such as medicine or health such as dentists or physical therapists. They enjoy working in the concrete and directly apply their work to help others in concrete ways.
The last type is the Sensing and Perceiving (SP) combination, also known as Explorers. This type of individual is very focused on external living and put almost all of their attention on the outside world—whether it’s through fixing things like a mechanic or engineer, being an entrepreneur, or a painter, this type deals in a reality flooded with colors, brought in by their Perceiving (P) side, but also one that they can touch with their hands (New Girl).
The Test isn’t Always Accurate
It’s very important to remember while taking this test that it’s not always accurate.
For example, even though I am an introvert, my mom highly socialized me as a child; while in junior high, I also spent hours reading books like How to Make People Like You in Ninety Seconds or Less or Social Climbing for the High Schooler. Because of these influences, I was able to make my social personality an extroverted one, even though my energy would still be greatly drained after just one outing or event.
Basically, because of all of these extroverted influences, the Myers Briggs test classified me as an extrovert because I acted like one—I just didn’t feel like one.
If something similar happens to you, where your test is almost accurate, try switching the letter that you feel is incorrect with its opposite, and see what new combination it gives you.
Be Fruitful and Multiply
Now that you have a much more complete understanding of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test, feel free to take it using the link below!
Most of my information has come from this website—it is one of the best resources on this test!
Comment below if you guys have any questions! Also, let me know what your test says!