Today I'm going to write about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ( MBTI )
I was introduced to this concept by my friend Summer. I'd never really heard of Myers-Briggs prior to that, and she had me take a test during our girls night at 16 Personalities to determine what mine is.
I guess there is no real scientific evidence to the test ( kind of like astrology of the psychology world ) but based more on studies and clinical testing.
Per Wiki, the MBTI was originated from Carl Jung's book Psychological Types. Initially there were only four personality types, but today the MBTI recognizes 16. Hence the 16 Personalities test.
My test determined I am an ISFJ aka. The Defender. I guess I'm actually an ISFJ-T...
I am a very self-aware person, and it's amazing how accurate this science-less test is.
Some excerpts from my results are as follows:
"Defender personalities ( especially Turbulent ones ) are often meticulous to the point of perfectionism, and thought they can procrastinate, they can always be relied on to get the job done on time. Defenders take their responsibilities personally, consistently going above and beyond, doing everything they can to exceed expectations and delight others, at work and at home."
"The challenge for Defenders is ensuring that what they do is noticed. They have a tendency to underplay their accomplishments, and while their kindness is often respected, more cynical and selfish people are likely to take advantage of Defenders' dedication and humbleness by pushing work onto them and then taking the credit. Defenders need to know when to say no and to stand up for themselves if they are to maintain their confidence and enthusiasm."
Per 16personalities.com, my strengths include:
*supportive ( yes )
*reliable and patient ( yes, and usually )
*imaginative and observant ( always )
*enthusiastic ( meh, I guess 50% of the time? )
*loyal and hardworking ( mostly and yes )
*good practical skills ( for the most part )
And my weakness':
*humble and shy ( I am at the worst possible times )
*take things to personally ( ALWAAAAAAAYYYS! )
*repress their feelings ( uhhhh...=/ )
*overload themselves ( emotionally, yes )
*reluctant to change ( it scares the shit out of me, personally )
*too altruistic ( meaning I put others happiness before my own: yes )
When I initially read over my results, I couldn't believe how accurate they were. It goes into an overview, your strengths/weaknesses, relationships, careers, etc. and it's crazy how on-point it can be.
Summer was an INFJ, meaning she's more of a dreamer than I am. I deal based on my intuitions and past experience, while INFJs are more daydreamy. It's actually quite interesting.
So if you have a few minutes, I definitely recommend visiting 16 Personalities and checking out your MBTI results. If you're interested in psychology, astrology or self-awareness, it is pretty cool to read in to.
I'll end with a few ISFJ images:
If you take the test, comment your results below and let me know what personality type YOU are! =]