Sooner or later in a discussion with introverts of all types, someone is going to trot out their Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. So for those of you who haven’t taken the MBTI assessment yet, I thought that I would do a little decoding of all those letters you see floating around on blogs.
The MBTI claims to be “the world’s most popular personality assessment”. I hadn’t taken it yet, and finally got too curious without knowing my own deep secrets. So I coughed up the $50 USD and took the online version. I was identified as an INTJ: Introversion ▪ Intuition ▪ Thinking ▪ Judging kind of person. It turns out that I was 100% Introvert (no surprise there). I have some extrovert in me, as almost everyone does, but the introvert definitely rules.
So what is the Myers-Briggs?
The MBTI is a personality inventory assessment designed off the writings of Carl Yung. They’ve broken us down into 16 personality types, classified by four sets of characteristics. The first is our “attitude”, introverted or extroverted (I or E). The next two letters in the classification refer to how we function psychologically. Do we perceive the world around us by Sensing it (S) or by using our Intuition (N)? When we make judgements or decisions, is it through Thinking (T) or by Feeling (F)? The final key to the MBTI code is noting that people also have a preference for using either the Judging (J) function (thinking or feeling) or their Perceiving (P) function (sensing or intuition) when relating to the outside world.
And why should you care?
Because you’re an I (introvert), and the I is notoriously curious, especially when it comes to understanding self and the outside world. We love taking tests. It’s just fun.
What is it like? Does it hurt / take a long time / embarrass me?
It’s a long questionnaire, about 90 questions, some of which repeat (although they are rephrased). It doesn’t take long to complete the test, since it’s easiest if you don’t spend too much time on any question. Just go with your initial response.
I’ve given you the link to the test at the beginning of this post, and here is one to their FAQ page. They do charge for their test.
Looking for a free version?
There is also a free version by HumanMetrics that is modeled after the Myers-Briggs. I took both and got the same results.
I also took the Keirsey test for free. Keirsey names his models a bit differently, but it comes down to the same characteristics.
How accurate are the results? I don’t begin to claim to know. I have no background in any of the science behind either Myers-Briggs or Keirsey. It’s just fun to get some more clues about what is swirling around inside of me.
According to Myers-Briggs, an INTJ (that’s me) displays these personality characteristics:
• INTJs have a clear vision of future possibilities.
• Their faith in their inner vision can move mountains. Problems only stimulate them—the impossible takes a little longer, but not much.
• They quickly see patterns in external events and develop long-range plans.
• INTJs are relentless innovators.
• They make their decisions based on logic and analysis.
INTJs are the master minds of the world, and make up only 2% of the population of the United States.
So go find out about yourself. It’s fun!
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Hi. I’m Chris. I’m an introvert. Look for my ongoing series debunking the introvert myths (Sunday) and introvert cartoons (Wednesday), plus anything else interesting that I find in the meantime. Come and share with like-minded introverts.
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