Have you taken the Myers Briggs personality test? Do you know what your personality type is?
I recently sent my friends and family a link to the Myers Briggs personality test. Having taken the personality test a few years back, discovered my personality and went ahead to learn as much as I could about it, I thought it would be great if I knew the personalities of those around me, and if they could know as well.
I often say that understanding your personality is one of the major steps towards self-awareness. My friends humored me and sent me their results and I was surprised by how much close I was when I had guessed about their personality, from my study in this area which I am obsessed about.
I asked them to identify their personality type, and simply google the characteristics of their personalities. I received responses from some saying, wow, I now understand why I am so impatient.
Others told me they didn’t like how much they obsessed with details but now they understand. Others mentioned how they had made efforts to be organized and realized they were just of perceiving personality not judging and accepted themselves
Self-awareness is the first step of self-acceptance
My INFP cousin even sent me this meme:
It was great to see individuals have a better understanding of who they are, seek to know more about why they behave in a certain way and even make fun of their shortcomings
My personality is ISTP.
The Myers Briggs test even gives a percentage of the levels of different personality traits. Such as how much of an introvert in a spectrum one is. A couple of my friends had a really low introversion level and therefore happily branded themselves ambiverts.
What is a Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator?
A Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator (MBTI) is an introspective test developed from theories proposed by psychiatrist Carl Jung.
The categories of the test are Introversion/ Extraversion, Sensing/Intuition, Thinking/Feeling and Judging/ Perception. An individual has one preferred attribute in each category.
The test, therefore, shows 16 different personalities perceptions of a person.
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(Before you get to the Myers Briggs personality types, here is what the characters in the personality types stand for:)
The 16 Myers Briggs personality types are
Once you take the test, you will identify four letters that represent your personality. To take the Myers Briggs personality test online, click here.
However, the personality test available on the website is not free. To access the free personality test, check here.
Below is a breakdown of the characteristics of each of the personality temperaments.
- They’re more sociable and thrive in social situations
- The presence of people energizes them
- They’re great at meeting people and initiating conversations
- They like action and are basically active most of the time
- They are not comfortable with complicated procedures
- They are often impatient with long or slow work
- They don’t mind interruptions
- They are quick in action sometimes without putting too much thought
- They communicate easily and freely
- They like to be surrounded by people
- They are territorial and desire personal space
- They thrive in solitude and will often retreat to solitude to recover from human interactions
- They draw their energy from solitude
- They prefer solitary activities such as hobbies and working alone
- They may feel lonely in crowds or feel as if they don’t belong
- They will often disconnect from crowds and talk to specific individuals similar to them
- They don’t like stereotypes
- They put thoughts into things before taking action
- They are content with being alone and prefer silence to concentrate
- They are practical
- They work with facts, trust facts and tend to remember facts
- They are ground firmly in reality
- They are interested in other peoples pasts, history, and experiences
- They deal with matters as they are now, as per the current situation
- They are realists
- They deal with what is rather than what could have been
- They are observant and keen to details
- They use their senses of sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste
- They enjoy utilizing acquired skills more than they enjoy learning new ones
- They find appeal in the imagination world
- They often daydream and enjoy fantasy
- They have a vivid imagination
- They like new things and dislike doing the same things repeatedly
- They learning new things
- They can be impractical
- They work with bursts of energy and slacks in between
- They are fast at reaching conclusions
- They make decisions based on how they think not how they feel
- They are often perceived as cold, heartless or stony-hearted
- They don’t show emotions easily and are often with other peoples emotions
- They may be too direct and hurt the emotions of others unwillingly
- They are logical and like analysis
- They don’t easily pay attention to other peoples feelings
- They can easily reprimand others
- They make logical and objective judgments
- They’re mostly objective and less bias
- They have a personal basis and approach to events
- Their decisions are emotionally driven
- They are often soft-hearted and can have trouble taking a firm stand
- They don’t depend much on logic but depend on feelings
- They wear their hearts on their sleeves
- They are aware of the feelings of others and empathic
- They tend to be people-pleasing and they love harmony
- They’re uncomfortable telling others unpleasant or hurtful things
- They are people-oriented and the occasional praise is good for them
- They feel a sense of urgency in making decisions
- They take deadlines seriously
- They plan their work to the detail and expect the same of others
- They may be too quick at making decisions
- They may focus so much on the current project that they fail to notice new things that need to be done
- They are satisfied once they finish a task or reach a judgment of something
- They are decisive and organized
- They prefer closure and hardly leave tasks uncompleted
- They are not quick to make decisions and prefer getting more information before they make a decision
- They don’t mind leaving things open for future alterations
- They don’t take deadlines seriously and can ignore deadlines or perceive them as guidelines
- They may start more than one project at the same time
- They’re curious and welcomes other insights
- They prefer to keep their options open
- They’re spontaneous and flexible
Let me explain my personality so you can get a better insight on what the initials stand for once you take the Myers Briggs personality test.
An ISTP stands for Introvert, Sensing, Thinking and Perceiving personality.
Once you take the test, you develop an understanding of the reasons behind your temperaments. You understand why you behave the way you do.
For example, as an ISTP (Introvert, Sensing, Thinking and Perceptive), I am uncomfortable with social events; I tend to be practical rather than imaginative; I solve problems mostly on how I think rather than how I feel and I am also highly spontaneous and flexible.
The explanations I have offered here for each personality type are not exhaustive, I suggest that you read as much as you can about your personality.
When I read about ISTP, I learn that we crave for freedom and independence, and dislike structures which explains a lot about the decisions I make in life. As a thinking type introvert, I have been perceived as a distant and cold person.
Your personality is as a result of your genetics as well as your environment. How you grew up, your childhood and upbringing, the society you grew up in contribute to your personality. This is the basis of the nature vs nurture argument.
Keirsey personality sorter
Another way to look at the personality types is according to the Keirsey personality sorter. Using the same 16 personalities, it looks at whether you are an artisan, guardian, idealist or rational. To find out your temperament type, take the Keirsey personality test here.
Once you log in, the site will give you more information about your personality temperament leading to better self-understanding and self-awareness.
MBTI Step II
This is an extended version of the MBTI which provides some characteristics of the different temperaments
- Extroverting individuals are said to be initiating, expressive, active and sociable.
- Introverting individuals are receiving, contained, intimate, reflective and quiet.
- Sensing temperament individuals are concrete, realistic, practical, experimental and traditional
- Intuiting persons are abstract, imaginative, conceptual, theoretical and original
- Thinking individuals are logical, reasonable, questioning, critical and tough
- Feeling people are empathetic, compassionate, accommodating, accepting and tender
- Judging personality is systematic, planful, early starting, scheduled and methodical
- Perceiving people are casual, open-ended, prompted, spontaneous, and emergent
As an ISTP, I can use some of the above to describe my personality as intimate and reflective, realistic and practical, logical, reasonable and critical, and casual, spontaneous and emergent.
Now that you know your personality, seek to understand as much as possible about your personality. Note that not all characteristics described under your personality type describe you. Every personality is a spectrum. For example, introversion and extroversion is a spectrum such as below
We fall at different positions in the spectrum. Extreme introverts and extroverts are rare. When you take this test, it will show you % of every temperament. For example, I am a 70% introvert, someone else can be a lesser introvert or more.
It’s also possible to find that you fall somewhere in the middle of the spectrum in some temperaments. For example, I am an ISTP but depending on the test, sometimes my results show INTP (although ISTP is more prominent). In a spectrum of I vs S, I fall somewhere in the middle.
Even though I am an ISTP, my sensing is not that high and sometimes I exhibit the characteristics of intuitive. I have taken purely Intuitive vs Sensing tests to get a clear picture on where I lie.
Enjoy your self-awareness journey or explore these self-awareness exercises that will help you gain a better perspective of who you are.