Know your type? Grab your head.

intj-headEarlier this month I talked about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and gave you a link to the official MBTI site where you can pay to find out your type, and a link to a free version by HumanMetrics that is modeled after the Myers-Briggs.  I took both and got the same results.

Today I found a fun site that has created graphics for each type.  You can go out and grab your type (I’m an INTJ) and also a graphic of what are your common stressors.  I have to admit that these are so good I’m thinking of printing them out and hanging them on my office wall.

So if you want to do a little inner exploring, take the test.  Then go out to visit the fine folks at CPP to find your heads.  They are free to download.

Have a quiet day!



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.  I also contribute to the new food blog Three’s Cooking, learning to cook from the heart, for the soul.

30 thoughts on “Know your type? Grab your head.

  1. Interesting test, thanks for showing us. So hard to answer some of those questions though I’m so wishy-washy…maybe I’ll try the other one too and compare…

    • Honestly, Robin, save your money. I did both and they were almost identical. The same types of questions, and equally as hard at times. Some just frustrated me, in both versions, and it isn’t because I’m wishy-washy. It was because I didn’t like the wording. So I had to hope I’d figured out what they were going for and answer it as best I could.

      I think the other thing that makes taking a test like this hard is that so many of us introverts are also perfectionists. We over think the question and our answers so that we can give the most accurate response possible. After a while that just becomes exhausting.

      • Good to know….I just wanted to say “it depends…” as an answer to all of them 🙂 It said I was an ENFJ….Extraverted iNtuitive Feeling Judging, kind of interesting!

    • Steve, I wish I could sit down and chat with you. As far as I know, I’ve never met another INTJ.

      What makes me crazy is when people can’t see the big picture. It’s so simple for me, and I don’t get why they can’t get it. I tend to just ignore the “mindless rule followers”. I’ll run them over if I have to. For me, it’s the shortsightedness and indecision that makes me crazy.

      • Hey! Another INTJ here! **Dismissing my logical decisions, micromanaging, and challenging my competence** for me. I’ve been fascinated with Myers-Briggs for a while now!

  2. Very interesting, I had to do a Myers-Briggs assessment as part of a thing with work several years ago and so I was interested to see if I would get the same result using the free one and I did – INFJ. The stressor head for INFJ was very accurate, especially with ‘lack of closure’. Definitely something to keep and refer to!

      • Yes, we’re in good company! Before the days of the internet, I probably would have become a writer. Now, with the pressure to have an online presence, it’s not a job as well suited to the extreme introverts among us!

        • One of my about-to-be-published friends is having a crisis about this. J.K. Rowling is an INFP but she manages okay, just so long as she can disappear to her castle in Scotland to recharge her batteries. I think that a good and understanding literary agent can, to a certain extent, act as a wonderful buffer between an introverted writer and the outside world.

          • True! I hope your friend has an understanding agent and doesn’t feel too much pressure to be involved with social media. It would be really awful to feel pushed into that.

  3. I, too, am an INTJ. I, too, didn’t like the wording and tended to over analyze the questions. I went through and only answered the questions I could quickly answer without second guessing myself. Then went back and answered those I skipped. However, I really had to restrain myself from changing previous answers and trust that since I was able to answer it the first time around, that my answer must be true. I, too, think that the illustrations above are spot on (with the exception of “procrastination” as I am quite fond of and versed in the art of procrastination myself; however, others’ procrastination does get me spinning). Thank you so much for sharing. This enlightening exercise puts into words who I am, what I feel, and how I think.

  4. Oh, good, I don’t have to find my own chart (intj); it’s already on your blog.

    Some of the stress-inducing items are ones that I myself am wholly guilty of. Namely, procrastination, a disorganized work environment, and being a consummate rule-follower. It drove my sister insane when I moved to (near) Boston, like her, and Would. Not. JAYWALK… like everybody else in Boston does, because dammit, it’s illegal! And dangerous, but nobody seemed to notice that.

    My work area is always very cluttered, both at work and home, but then, I know where things are. Probably because being an artist means that I need all of my tools and materials out simultaneously. When a project is completed, I make a go of tidying, but only so far.

  5. I tested as an INTJ this time (the P/J pole is always pretty close for me, though it was pretty consistently INTP for years). Apparently the N/S pole is pretty close to center now too.

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  7. thanks so much for these visuals – fab
    I’m an INFP like others above…people with that preference rock…obviously…but quietly!
    i think Myers Briggs is really helpful – your type doesnt mean you cant do the opposite, in fact we can all get very good at E behaviour if necessary …just take SO much effort from us to do! A busy week with tons of project meetings talking about objective data and i”m all in!

  8. INTJ too, I think the test is more testing your state of being than the underlying self (the percentage at any rate), I agree wholly on the INTJ but I had a hard time trying to counteract all of them as far as I can remember. I thought they were personality challenges, something I had to overcome to be normal – as the others around me. I did improve though through the years (shown by the test percentage – mostly 25%), but it definitely had not been an easy life for me!

  9. I took the test a few times and found I am INFJ. Reading it kind of made sense. It also says they like to write creatively as well as being artistic or creative in other ways so that seems to be correct in my case, as story telling was my first love. I now do photography as well. Apparently INFJ’s are very secretive. I have a daughter who is a complete extrovert and will tell everyone everything!! Go figure!!

  10. Enjoyed this – thanks for sharing it. I did Myers-Briggs about 10 years ago when I was working as a procedural clerk for the Canadian Parliament. There was a group of us on course and we all did it. If you ever you wanted a room of introverts – you certainly have it in a room full of clerks! And MAN do we like rules, process and there being an order to things! I got the same today as I did then – ISTJ. A number in the room were the same – although we still had some extroverts. I remember us laughing about it at the time.

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  12. I followed the link to the free test the other week as I’d done it before a few years ago but forgotten my result. As soon as it came back, I remembered that it was the same result I had first time round – ENFJ. Interestingly, most of my closest friends are introverts and I think my parents are introverts too. But I just went to ‘grab my head’ and man, those characteristics are so true of me! I find it fascinating how these psychology people can do all this stuff! Thanks for the insightful links to help us understand more about our personalities and how we can relate to one another! 🙂

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