The Best Personality Test Ever — The MBTI

“We all come in different shapes and SIZES. We have our STRENGTHS and weaknesses.

What’s right for one person may not be right for someone else…
There are things that are important to one person that others don’t care about at all.

And sometimes other’s behaviors don’t make any sense to me.

Because we want to understand each other, and communicate well (since we live in the same world), we can’t expect others to want the same things that we want.
We are not the same person, so we will not always see things the same way.

We all have our own thoughts and ideas that may or may not fit into other people’s vision of who we should be.

By learning more about our own Personality, and about other Personality Types, we can improve our interpersonal relationships, adjust our expectations concerning others, and get a better self-understanding that will help us define and achieve our goals.”     (PleaseUnderstandMe.DavidKeirsey.AmazonBooks)

 

The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

The Theory of Psychological Types was described by Carl Jung in the 1920’s. He theorized that much of the seemingly random variations in peoples behaviors are actually rather systematic and reliable. These basic differences can be viewed as the ways an individual prefers to:

  •  Perceive reality (all the ways of becoming aware of things, people, events, or ideas), and then
  • Evaluate those perceptions (all the ways of coming to conclusions about what has been perceived). Jung also talks of
  • Direction of Consciousness, or the basic direction in which a person’s conscious interests and energies may flow – either inward to subjective psychological experience, or outward to the environment of objects, other people and collective norms.

Isabel Briggs Myers studied Jung’s ideas and added her own insights. After 30 years of research and over 5,000 participants, she created a survey that would eventually become the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) (MBTI by Isabel Myers). It is the most widely used measure of Psychological Types.

Personality typing is a tool that is particularly helpful in personal growth: Understanding ourselves in a semi-objective way leads to heightened self-esteem.

It’s also a way to understand others: If people differ in what they perceive and in how they reach conclusions, then it is only reasonable for them to differ in their interests, reactions, values, motivations, and skills.

Learning about our Personality Type helps us to understand why certain areas in life come easily to us and others are more of a struggle. Learning about other people’s Personality Types help us to understand the most effective way to communicate with them.

This self-report questionnaire assesses “type preferences” on Extraversion-Introversion (E-I), Sensation-Intuition (S-N), Thinking-Feeling (T-F), and Judgment-Perception (J-P).

According to the MBTI, we all have a primary mode of operating within four categories:

  • The flow of energy– (I or E?) defines how you receive the essential part of your experience. Do you receive it from within yourself (Introverted) or from external sources (Extraverted)?
  • How you take in information (S or N?) shows your preference for focusing on 1) the basic information taken in through the five senses (Sensing), or by 2) interpreting and adding meaning (iNtuition).
  • How you prefer to make judgment calls (T or F?) objectively, using logic and consistency (Thinking), or subjectively, considering other people and special circumstances (Feeling).
  • The basic day-to-day decision-style that you prefer (J or P?) how you interact with the outer world — with a preference towards getting things decided (Judging), or for staying open to new information and options (Perception).
  • I’ve searched high and low and found these great online tools. The first link is to a good adaptation of the original test (Copyright infringements prohibit the availability of the real one):

     

    16Personalities- Get to Know Yourself – the BEST questionnaire on the web.

     

    After completing the test above, go HERE (The BEST MBTI Profiles ) to read detailed descriptions of your unique profile.

     

     

     

     

    One thought on “The Best Personality Test Ever — The MBTI

    1. Hurraaayy!
      It sounds like you’re getting more back to the Real Deal, with Types. Instead of (in my opinion) the current Fad (or Hi-jacking of Myers-Briggs would be more like it) and obsessiveness we see online today about “Functions”. Soooo many people online who Blog about thr 16 Types or Myers-Briggs have gotten on the bandwagon of “All-Functions-All-the-Time.” It’s almost an obsession on some websites. As if nothing else regarding Types mattered.

      And yet, looking at, and reading, the Books:
      1. LIFE TYPES by Hirsch & Kummerow (highly recommended!)
      2. TYPE TALK by Kroeger & Thuessen…and also
      3. GIFTS DIFFERING (by Isabel Myers-Briggs?)…..it appears much more that, while functions (i.e. Extraverted Sensing, Intoriverted Intuition, etc.) may be mentioned—-there is NOWHERE NEAR the constant over-harping on them that so many people write about online.

      In my own opinion, I think alot of this goes back several years to when some guy on YOUTUBE who went by the name of “Dave Superpowers” criticized online tests and made “a Ton” of his own videos where he rattled on almost relentlessly about “Functions.” Who WAS this guy? Was he ever certified at all? He talked a bit too fast, made LOTS of videos and this was back when there was less online about it and he had far less “competition” than anyone would have online now. I think he simply “out-video-ed” many others, there wasnt all that much else yet online to read and he pretty-much overwhelmed folks who simply went along with him (probably not knowing better-OR-having read any of the above 3 mentioned books. I think now, he has his own type or personality-business.

      Then, with more Blogging platforms like WordPress, Wix, Squarespace, etc. …as more folks started blogging, they too, started repeating and posting about Functions. It’s function-mania these days. Who writes of talks about the 4 letters anymore? Who talks about the 16 PROFILES of each type anymore? NO! Its also about how totally-cool it is that you are the same type as a singer, sports-figure or your favorite movie super-hero. That, and functions. The latest hi-jacking in my opinion. And so, seeing you, and discussing what *you* show above, is very refreshing, and long overdue. Functions may have their place, but nowhere near the current mania over them and not as a replacement for the 4 letters, and the 16 profiles. Furthermore—David Kiersey and his “Please Understand Me II” book, is his own system. I also dont feel we should put “titles” on the 16 types because it simply makes people “want” to be that type. Example: who would want to be the lowly “Mechanic” (ISTP) when you could be the cool “VISIONARY” (ENTP) or the ultra-smart “Mastermind” as Kiersey called the INTJ? There’s alot that need fixing. Back-to-the-books. Thanks for reading this.

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