Personally, I don’t know my type.
As an INFJ, blogging comes naturally to me. If you believe that, you’re an INFJ, ESTP, or ESFJ. If you don’t believe that you’re either an ENFP, INTP, or an INTJ. Of course, some of you may wonder what jargon and acronyms I’m talking about. Alternatively, I’m a skeptic and making it up or you’re highly suggestible or as skeptical as I am.
These 4-Letter acronyms are part of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality test. The MBTI was developed by a mother and daughter Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers. Katharine Briggs was an educator and her daughter Isabel was a mystery writer. The pair studied psychologist Carl Jung’s theory of the 4 psychological functions—sensing, intuitions, feeling, and thinking. The women extrapolated this theory into their personality test. They added an emphasis on being extraverted or introverted plus judging or perceiving.
Extraversion/Introversion-Extraverted types learn and function best when interacting with people and the physical world. Introverted types prefer quiet reflection and function best internally.
Sensing/Intuition-Sensing types are good at understanding concrete and tangible concepts. Intuitive types better understand abstract concepts and observe patterns.
Thinking/Feeling-Thinkers observe logical principles and objective truths, this helps them to use deductive reasoning. Feelers try to predict causes and assign motives to others’ actions.
Judging/Perceiving– Judging types prefer a structured manner or approach the world. Perceiving types are more open and do not require as much structure.
There’s much more written about the MBTI, and I’ve included my Cliff’s Notes version of the personality test. You can search for MBTI and take the test on several sites and find out which one of the 16 types you are. I’ve taken the MBTI several times and been identified as a different type almost every time I take it. I am an extroverted introvert, or maybe I’m an introverted extrovert. I like concrete concepts so I can observe patterns. I like objective truth, but I can predict motives. I like structure but I am very laissez faire and function without structure. Supposedly one of each of the quadrants is dominant, but you can have times where you function in the opposite quadrant. It’s also possible that Jung never was able to prove his theory and Mrs. Briggs and Mrs. Briggs-Myers were not much more informed and the test is useless. I’m willing to believe the latter more than the former.
As the MBTI has faced recent scrutiny, the new personality test is the Enneagram. The most recent test of this personality type I found out I was a 4w6 or maybe a 3w4. The Enneagram is focused on 8 distinct types and tendencies towards a secondary type on the same spectrum. Since it’s relatively new, it’s possible that it is more reliable to the MBTI but I’m a skeptic, nonetheless.
Before all these personality tests and types, many looked to either the Western or Oriental Zodiac signs. The Western Zodiac predicts people behave and think certain ways because of what time of the month a person is born and the location of constellations during that time of year. The Oriental Zodiac is based on an annual cycle rather than a monthly cycle. Both Zodiac personality indicators are less reliable than the MBTI and Enneagram. The location of stars and planets have little to do with your personality.
We all try to understand why we think and act the way we do, and I think the answer is simple yet complex. We are humans, and like snowflakes we are all unique. Like I mentioned with the MBTI, I vacillate between each type at any given moment.
Even as I can’t seem to make sense of why I change what MBTI type I am, or what Enneagram type I am I attribute it to that I am undefinable and the most unique. I also wonder if maybe I’m on the Autism spectrum or another mental health issue. None of this is ever been proven, and I’m probably grasping at straws like any of the other personality tests or predictors.
Of course, I probably pay attention to personality thanks to external factors. Like the cliche that a homely girl has a great personality, I’m sure based on my not-so-Adonis good looks, hopefully it could be said of me that I have a great personality. 😉
Which personality test do you prefer? What’s your Enneagram or MBTI identification?