What’s Your Personality? Making Sense of MBTI and Personality Typing

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What’s Your Personality? Making Sense of MBTI and Personality Typing

by Michelle Murray,
Myers Briggs Personality

It is human nature to want to understand who we are, our purpose for living and our limitations as individuals. In our search for clarity, we find it somewhat comforting to be able to validate our strengths and weaknesses.

According to Myers-Briggs, we perceive things differently according to our personality therefore it stands to reason that we differ in what we perceive and in how we form ideas. That being the case, it only makes sense for us to differ similarly in our interests, reactions, values, motivations, and skills. (2014)

If we look into areas of personal growth and self-development, we would find that personality typing has become an essential tool. Learning about and applying this tool to ourselves and those close to us is potentially powerful and rewarding.

That being said it is best used as a tool to allow some form of self-fulfillment rather than a labelling tool. The goal of knowing any personality type is to understand differences and appreciate them. In that way, it is understood that there is no “best” type, simply types that are different but equal. (Myers et al., 2014)

Recently, a mother and daughter team, Isabella Myers-Briggs and Katherine Cook Briggs, became the foremost experts on Carl Jung’s personality type theory and discovered 16 personality traits which emphasized the importance of the unconscious in relation to personality.

Jung’s theory implies that most people are generally engaged in two separate mental functions: Perceiving and judging, and goes on to say that people tend to use externally or internally energized preferences within these functions. (McLeod, 2014)

According to Myers-Briggs, because Jung’s academic language was difficult to understand they decided to make it more accessible for use in everyday life by identifying all 16 personality types. (2014) Since that time personality typing has become more and more popular.

What is your personality type?

Personality typing is a new trend that has reared its head in the past few years. If used correctly this type of profiling could be helpful for choosing a career or profession, allowing you to understand you’re learning style; or helping you identify and appreciate the differences in those close to you. Following are short descriptions of 16 personality types.

The Dutiful Individual (ISTJ)
You are concerned about peaceful living and a sense of security. Along with your quiet seriousness, you are responsible and dependable. You are organized, hardworking and always move towards attainable goals. Finally, you always finish a task once you set your mind to it. (Unknown, 2017)

The Problem Solver (ISTP)
Although you are quiet and reserved, you have a keen interest in figuring out how things work. You are mechanically inclined and a risk taker. You are not complicated but loyal to a fault. You are not always so concerned about respecting rules, but excel at finding solutions to practical problems. (Unknown, 2017)

The Empathetic Nurturer (ISFJ)
Because you are kind and conscientious, you can be depended upon to put the needs of others above your own. You value tradition and seek security. You are exceedingly aware of others and have extremely accurate perceptions of other people’s feelings. (Unknown, 2017)

The Creative Soul (ISFP)
Due to your kind and sensitive nature, you are not fond of conflict. You do not wish to lead or control others which allows you the flexibility to be open-minded. You are however, a faithful, loyal person with a natural affinity for aesthetic beauty. (Unknown, 2017)

The Protector (INFJ)
Although you come across to others as forceful, you are also quite sensitive and intuitive about people and their feelings. You are tenacious and have a firmly developed value system. You are admired for your determination, but are neither a leader nor follower; but are more likely to be individualistic. (Unknown, 2017)

The Dreamer (INFP)
You are a idealist and have a reflective nature so it stands to reason that you are interested in serving humanity. You have a strong value system to which you strive to adhere to. You are adaptable and fairly relaxed within the parameters of that value system. You have an open mind and are interested in understanding and helping people. (Unknown, 2017)

The Inventor (INTJ)
You are analytical and determined; and therefore have the ability to develop plans of action from a theory. You have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and highly regard competence and structure. As a natural leader, you have very high expectations of yourself and others. (Unknown, 2017)

The Intellectual (INTP)
Not only are you logical and competent, but your creative side allows you to become excited when you are able to turn your theories into clear understandings. You are quiet and reserved and are usually difficult to get to know; but you value knowledge and logic. (Unknown, 2017)

The Doer (ESTP)
You are an action oriented person who is focused on results. Although you can be impatient, you are adaptable and like to take risks. You have fantastic people skills and are loyal, but you do not respect authority or rules if they hinder your ability to get things done. (Unknown, 2017)

The Keeper (ESTJ)
Although you are practical and organized, you are not interested in theory or abstract ideas. Rather, you have a clear idea of what makes sense. You like to be in charge, but are exceptionally loyal and hardworking. You are most likely athletic as well. (Unknown, 2017)

The Entertainer (ESFP)
You are the center of attention and enjoy making things fun for those around you. You love people, new experiences and living for today. That being said, you also love to serve others and are blessed with strong common sense. (Unknown, 2017)

The Martyr (ESFJ)
You have a strong sense of duty, therefore you tend put the needs of others before yourself. You also tend to have a kind heart. You pride yourself on valuing traditions and serving others. Although you have a good sense of space and function, you need validation from others to feel good about yourself. (Unknown, 2017)

The Enthusiast (ENFP)
You have the natural ability to accomplish anything that you want. You are enthusiastic and creative with excellent people skills. You are not detail oriented but love new ideas. You have a broad range of interests and abilities due to your open mindedness and flexibility. (Unknown, 2017)

The Giver (ENFJ)
You are highly concerned about how others think and feel. This sensitivity to others helps you to have outstanding people skills; and therefore you tend to be popular. You are people oriented and are very effective at serving, managing and leading groups. You tend to dislike analysis that removes any human factor. (Unknown, 2017)

The Visionary (ENTP)
You are excited about new ideas, but tend to disregard more routine facets of life. You are generally assertive and outspoken which allows you to be stimulating to others. You are good at a variety of things, but you especially like to debate and may sometimes participate in a little one-up-manship. (Unknown, 2017)

The Executive (ENTJ)
You are a unique individual with an exceptional ability to find realistic solutions for difficult organizational problems. You are intelligent, informed and usually very good at speaking in front of others. You tend to be assertive and outspoken, and have no patience for inefficiency. (Unknown, 2017)

 

Cited Works
Unknown Author. 2017. High level descriptions of 16 personality types. Retrieved from: http://www.personalitypage.com/high-level.html
McLoed, Paul. 2014. Simply psychology. Retrieved from: https://www.simplypsychology.org/carl-jung.html
The Myers & Briggs Foundation. 2014, Type in Everyday Use, Retrieved 10/14/2017,from www.myers briggs.org/my-mbti-personality-type/mbti-basics/for section sited.