“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes” – Carl Jung
Today I took the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Personality Test to determine my psychological type. Personality testing is useful for self awareness, and knowledge around how we interact with others.
The MBTI test was constructed by Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers, and is based on Jungian theory – that everyone has a distinct psychological type, that are based on four functions: sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking.
These four functions are used by all individuals at all points in their lives, but in varying degrees, which are defined by a person’s individual preferences. Some of these functions are also more dominant than others (i.e are used more often).
(Carl)…asserted that individuals either “extraverted” or “introverted” their dominant function. He felt that the dominant function was so important, that it overshadowed all of the other functions in terms of defining personality type.
Briggs and Myer’s built on Jung’s original theory, to create a list of 16 personality types, which are listed here along with their explanations.
It turns out, following the test (which took about 90 minutes with an MBTI professional), that my type is ENFJ, which is described as;
Warm, empathetic, responsive, and responsible. Highly attuned to the emotions, needs, and motivations of others. Find potential in everyone, want to help others fulfill their potential. May act as catalysts for individual and group growth. Loyal, responsive to praise and criticism. Sociable, facilitate others in a group, and provide inspiring leadership.
Conflict is something that I have always struggled with, and I try to avoid. I find it very difficult to be unemotional or logical during a conflict situation, and jump to conclusions quickly. However this isn’t always a bad thing, as I’ve got older I realise that trusting my gut instinct is often the best course of action.
ENFJs experience the most conflict when they are unappreciated, ignored, or one of their values is abused. They also dislike seeing other people in pain or misunderstood. They are very giving and generous in their relationships and generally don’t like to ask for things they want or need, hoping instead that someone will realize these things on their own. As a result, they can be taken advantage of by people who aren’t aware of their needs and are happy to experience the ENFJs generosity without giving anything in return.
While there has been some critisism of the MBTI Personality Test, I felt that it was a really interesting thing to do, and helped me along my path of self awareness. And the more that we know about ourselves and our interactions with others, the higher chance that we can be the best possible versions of ourselves.
You can do a version of the test online here.
For a bit of self awareness and reflection – 4 out of 5 stars