I don’t believe in segregating people into boxes. But despite that, I do think it useful to get an insight into someone’s personality. Because a personality can tell a lot about what drives a person. One of the most popular ways to get a insight into someone’s personality is through the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The MBTI is a test, the outcome of which will give you an insight in how a person perceives the world and makes decisions.
I did my test at 16personalities.com. Here you can take a free personality test that will give you a pretty good insight into your personality. Besides the 4 traditional MBTI indicators they have added a 5th indicator to give you even more insight. The 4 traditional indicators are:
- Introvert vs Extravert: How we interact with our surroundings.
- Observant vs Intuitive: How we see the world and how we process information.
- Thinking vs Feeling: How we make decisions and how we cope with emotions.
- Judging vs Prospecting: How we approach our work, planning and decision-making.
And the 5th indicator added by 16personalities.com:
- Assertive vs Turbulent: This shows how confident we are in our abilities and decisions.
Okay, so all nice and well, but what does MBTI actually say about me? And what do those indicators actually mean? Well, the test that I did told me that I’m a INTJ-T. INTJ-T stands for Introvert, Intuitive, Thinking, Judging and Turbulent.
- How I interact with my surroundings.
Introvert – 94%: This tells us that I’m definitely an introvert. And as a introvert I prefer to do solitary activities. besides that I get exhausted by social interaction and I am more sensitive to external signals like sound, sight or smell.
- How I see the world and how I process information.
Intuitive – 59%: I’m a bit more intuitive rather then observant. And as a intuitive person I’m imaginative, open-minded and curious. I prefer novelty over stability and i focus on hidden meanings and future possibilities.
- How I make decisions and how I cope with emotions.
Thinking – 67%: As a thinking personality I make decisions based on facts rather than emotions. Therefore I’m more focused on objectivity and rationality. Furthermore I prioritize logic over emotions and I tend to hide my feelings and emotions.
- How I approach my work, planning and decision-making.
Judging – 74%: As a judging personality I am decisive, thorough and highly organized. I value clarity, predictability and closure. Furthermore i prefer structure and planning over spontaneity.
- How confident I am in my abilities and decisions.
Turbulent – 72%: As a turbulent personality I am self- conscious and sensitive to stress. Because of that I am more likely to experience a wide range of emotions. Furthermore I will be success-driven, a perfectionist an more eager to improve myself.
What do I think?
So far the theory. But what do I think about it myself? Well to be honest the first time I read it I felt that some parts of it appeared to be contradicting one another. Because as a thinking personality I am not emotional. While as a turbulent personality I am more likely to experience emotions. But I found that it only starts making sense when you start look at the indicators. Because yes, as a turbulent personality I do experience more emotions. But as a thinking personality I will make my final decisions based on facts rather then on those emotions.
I don’t believe someone’s personality can be captured in only 1 test. But so far this test has come the closest into describing me as a person. Even though it will never be 100% accurate. The great benefit of the 16personalities.com test is that it will also give you insight in your strengths & weaknesses, romantic relationships, friendships and many more.
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