I’m kind of obsessed with the Myers-Briggs. Not only has it served as a tool in helping me understand myself better, but I also love learning which four letters each of my friends and family members (and TBH, even strangers) score when they take the assessment. Once I know what personality type someone has, I instantly have a better picture of who they are, what motivates them, and how I can relate to them more effectively.
If you’ve never taken it before, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality assessment that scores you in four different areas:
Introverted (I) or Extroverted (E)
Sensing (S) or iNtuitive (N)
Thinking (T) or Feeling (F)
Judging (J) or Perceiving (P)
Your unique mixture of these eight different traits gives you your four-letter Myers-Briggs personality type. There are 16 types total, each with its own characteristics and quirks.
Introverts tend to get energized from being alone, while extroverts get their energy from other people. Sensors take in information through their five senses, while intuitives just instinctively know things. Thinkers use logic and facts to make their decisions, while feelers often let their hearts decide. Judgers tend to be super organized, while perceivers prefer to go with the flow.
Everyone scores somewhere on a continuum in each category. While you might very well be 100% introverted, it’s more likely that you have a mix of introverted and extroverted traits, favoring one over the other.
I’m a pretty strong introvert, I score right in the middle on both the sensing/intuitive and thinking/feeling scales, and I actually am 100% J. (What can I say? I like a good plan! 😊) Each one of us is unique, but we tend to have a lot in common with those who share our Myers-Briggs type – even if we score slightly stronger or weaker than them in each category.
Until recent years, I found it hard to come by an accurate MBTI assessment, especially online. I bought the book Please Understand Me by David Kiersey in college and found it very useful (still do), but my favorite resource at the moment is, hands-down, 16personalities.com. I find it to be incredibly accurate, easy to understand, quick to fill out, and – best of all – it’s free!
I’ve tried other free assessments that have given me varying results (ones that often don’t quite resonate with me), but 16 Personalities is the best of the bunch, in my opinion.
Most days, I score as an ISFJ. I’m definitely an I and I’m definitely a J, but as I mentioned earlier, I’m right on the line between sensing and intuitive, as well as thinking and feeling. Your results might vary slightly in different seasons of life – mine have! My intuitive side tends to come out more when I hang out with other intuitives, and my thinking side shows itself at work and in professional environments, while my feeling side takes the lead in many other situations.
Here’s where it gets fun! If you’re a Pinterest enthusiast like I am (Google probably works too), type MBTI into the search box and prepare to amuse yourself with all the different Myers-Briggs charts and memes. You can find out which Disney princess you are (Cinderella, at your service!), which character you’d be from The Office (I’m Phyllis 🙈), and just about anything else you can imagine. Sure, it’s just for fun, but it’s also pretty hilarious. (My 6-foot-7 brother is Tinkerbell and I will never not think that’s funny. 😂)
So what are you waiting for? If you haven’t taken the Myers-Briggs assessment before, you can find out your personality type in a matter of minutes. I just helped my 91-year-old grandma take it and was pleasantly surprised to see that she and I share the same personality type. If a 90-year-old can take it online, I’m pretty confident that anyone can! 😊
Once you’ve discovered your personality type, comment below and let me know what your MBTI type is and what you think! Accurate? Or not quite what you expected?