My Myers-Briggs personality type

My Myers-Briggs personality type has always fascinated me. What I love about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) versus other "personality" or "aptitude" tests is that it is extremely comprehensive and specific. It doesn't attempt to fit people into four or five neat little boxes, but instead yields one of 16 different personality types for each person that takes the test. Those personality types lend themselves well to certain aptitudes, skills and careers, and it is hilariously obvious to me that what I am doing now is exactly what is recommended for someone with my personality type.

The different personality types one can receive from taking the test are as follows:

Extraversion vs. Introversion

Sensing vs. Intuition

Thinking vs. Feeling

Judging vs. Perceiving


My MBT has changed in a couple of subtle ways over the last 18 years (since the first time I took the test). When I was younger (especially until I was about 21) I was just slightly over the line into Thinking, and Judging. However, for the last eight years or so, I have been a consistent ENFP (that is, Extraverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Perceptive). I think the older I get, the stronger the F and P types get for me. According to the Myers & Briggs Foundation (the creators of the test), ENFP's are: "warmly enthusiastic and imaginative. See life as full of possibilities. Make connections between events and information very quickly, and confidently  proceed based on the patterns they see. Want a lot of affirmation from others, and readily give appreciation and support. Spontaneous and flexible, often rely on their ability to improvise and their verbal fluency".

There are a multitude of websites that attempt to describe each MBT in various ways. One website, The Personality Page, describes ENFP's as: "warm, enthusiastic people, typically bright and full of potential. They live in the world of possibilities, and can become very passionate and excited about things. Their enthusiasm lends them the ability to inspire and motivate others, more so than we see in other types. They love life, seeing it as a special gift, and strive to make the most out of it. ENFPs have an unusually broad range of skills and talents.  They are good at most things that interest them. Project-oriented, they may go through several different careers in their lifetime. To onlookers, the ENFP may seem directionless and without purpose, but ENFPs are actually quite consistent, in that they have a strong sense of values which they live with throughout their lives. Everything they do must be in line with their values. An ENFP needs to feel that they are living their lives as their true Self, walking in step with what they believe is right. They see meaning in everything, and are on a continuous quest to adapt their lives and values to achieve inner peace. The ENFP is usually an intense individual, with highly evolved values."

GUYS. This is literally my life! Does this or does this not sound like a coach?! "They…can become very passionate and excited about things. Their enthusiasm lends them the ability to inspire and motivate others, more so than we see in other types." Right in the feels, man, right in the feels.

Unfortunately, taking the full, official, sanctioned MBTI costs money ($50) (I've taken the full, official test twice, both times in school). However, there are a variety of websites that offer mini versions of the test (I recommend you take more than one to confirm your results), including here , and here.

What is your MBTI? Did you take it in the past and again recently, like I did? Did your type change over time? Do you think your type suits your personality and career choice well?



9 comments:

  1. Happy Blogging from an INFJ! I adore the Myers-Briggs Personality Assessment. I had a career counselor administer the assessment for me in college and it has served me well to keep my personality and life in perspective.

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    1. Yes! It can definitely be eye opening sometimes.

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  2. I'm an INFJ through and through! I've taken these throughout my life and always land on the same thing!

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    1. That's awesome! My values and focus have changed so much over time I'm not surprised my type has changed.

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  3. I've never taken this particular assessment, but I have taken other ones, and they are usually pretty accurate. I'll have to try this one out (well, the free version.) and let you know.

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    1. Haha yes the free ones are just made by laymen, but follow the same general concept. It's not nearly as accurate as the MBTI but taking a few will at least give you a general idea as to your type!

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  4. Very interesting! I also have found that I am ENFJ or ENFP depending on test time, it seems. :-) Myers-Briggs is really fascinating!

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