#65 Took the MBTI Personality Test

“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.

ENFJ types hate lying, deception and bullying,  tend to over empathise (taking on the emotions of others), and therefore are prone to depression – they also do not like conflict.

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 

6 thoughts on “#65 Took the MBTI Personality Test”

  1. I’m unable to “like” your article for some reason; I click on “like” and it doesn’t register. Oh well, I liked it, and wow can I relate to how you were evaluated by your test results. “Hey that sounds just like me” I kept saying. Wonder if I’d get the same evaluation. Maybe I’ll take the test someday. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Wow, can I relate to how you were evaluated by your test results. “Hey that sounds just like me,” I kept saying. Wonder if I’d get the same evaluation. Maybe I’ll take the test someday. Thanks for sharing. (In case the first comment posts too, I was able to “like” the article after all.)

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    1. Thanks, that didn’t take too long, I took the shorter version, took 10 minutes or so. I got “The Advocate” (INFJ, -A/-T) result. It turns out I’m not so similar to you after all; I’d overlooked how you’re sociable and have leadership skills…woah, I certainly am not and do not! But most of the rest I can relate to, especially how you don’t like to ask favors of others and can be used by people if you’re not careful.

      The results say I’m a diplomat, “constant improvement,” 87% introverted, 66% intuitive, 53% feeling, 78% judging, 69% turbulent. It all sounds about right except for saying that I’m primarily concerned with people. My main concern is animals, as they’re the most horribly abused of all, forever, by humans who should know better. I will come to people’s rescue, but it’s an instinct more than a people-loving thing. But if you just replace the word “people” with “animals” in the last sentence below, that’s far more correct. (Although people would of course benefit from animals being treated well, same way they suffer the fear of violence from those known to abuse animals.)

      The introduction to Advocate category says:
      “The Advocate personality type is very rare, making up less than one percent of the population, but they nonetheless leave their mark on the world. As members of the Diplomat Role group, Advocates have an inborn sense of idealism and morality, but what sets them apart is that they are not idle dreamers, but people capable of taking concrete steps to realize their goals and make a lasting positive impact.
      Advocates tend to see helping others as their purpose in life, but while people with this personality type can be found engaging rescue efforts and doing charity work, their real passion is to get to the heart of the issue so that people need not be rescued at all.”

      Well, I hope you like long comments, lol, I got carried away.

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      1. Wow interesting! I guess it’s pretty similar to mine apart from the introvert / extrovert thing.

        But I’d say that ‘The Advocate’ sounds right for you – from what I can read on your blog, you certainly are an advocate for animals, and as a fellow vegan, favour morality above all else! I don’t think you necessarily need to differentiate between people and animals when it comes to concern- think it’s just semantics – it’s just describing your empathy for others in general I think 🙂

        A friend of mine also got the same INFJ result. So interesting eh?

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