Have you ever wondered what your personality type is, or how to explain your inherent traits to others?
Personality tests can assess your personality and are a fascinating way of gaining a deeper understanding of how your brain works compared to your friends and family. In turn, this can help you to communicate more effectively and understand why your peers react to situations differently than you do. If anything, taking a personality test is good fun, and the Myers-Briggs model is the most well-known, widely available test available. In this guide, we will discuss the Myers-Briggs test and what your personality type result says about you.
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- What is the Myers-Briggs test?
- Myers-Briggs personality types
- Compatibility of Myers-Briggs types
- Where to take the test
What is the Myers-Briggs test?
The Myers-Briggs test or ‘type indicator’ is a self-report questionnaire, which indicates your personality type, your preferences in how you make decisions, and how you perceive the world. It was developed by the mother & daughter team Katharine Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers and is an adaptation of Carl Gustav Jung’s psychological types theory[i].
The test doesn’t include questions but rather statements. After reading each statement, you respond through multiple choice answers with to what extent you agree or disagree. Some examples of these statements are:
- You regularly make new friends
- You usually stay calm, even under a lot of pressure
- You are very sentimental
- You feel comfortable just walking up to someone you find interesting and striking up a conversation.
Once you have finished the test, your results will be calculated based on your answers.
Myers-Briggs personality types
The Myers-Briggs personality types can be confusing at first glance, but it is based on the following dichotomies (also known as scales or preferences). The tests work out your personality based on which you prefer from the below[ii]:
- Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I) – Extraverts are outgoing and ‘recharge’ in busy environments. Introverts need quiet periods to recharge and prefer alone time.
- Sensing (S) or Intuition (N) – Sensors collect information from what they can hear, feel and see, as well as drawing from what’s in their immediate environment. Intuitive types gather specific knowledge by looking at the broader context, connections, and patterns.
- Thinking (T) or Feeling (F) – Thinkers thrive on logical solutions. Feelers are emotionally driven to make decisions.
- Judging (J) or Perceiving (P) – If you are a ‘judger’, you like structure and regulation. If you are a ‘perceiver’, you prefer flexibility and openness. This dichotomy was added by Katherine Briggs based on her own research; the other three are based on Jung’s writings.
As you can see, each preference has a letter associated with it. These are what the personality type acronyms are based on. For example, an ISTJ personality type would have the following preferences from the list above ‘Introversion, Sensing, Thinking, Judging’.
Now we know the basics let’s take a look at the 16 personality types and what they mean.
Introvert personalities have a usually subtle but transformative impact on the world around them.
ISTJ | ISFJ | INFJ | INTJ
ISTP | ISFP | INFP | INTP
ISTJ | The Inspector – Inspectors don’t like chaos and dedicate time to making sure things are in order. They are responsible, organised, reliable and fact-driven individuals.
ISFJ | The Protector – Protectors are also known as ‘Defenders’ and will go out of their way to protect the people they love. They are very loyal to the institutions and traditions in their lives.
INFJ | The Counsellor – Counsellors are loyal, creative and have a strong sense of integrity. They are idealists and are often inspirations to those around them.
INTJ | The Mastermind – Masterminds are strategic thinkers who always have a plan. They excel at analytical thinking.
ISTP | The Craftsperson – Craftspeople are fantastic practical problem solvers. They are observant, bold and thrive in hands-on environments.
ISFP | The Composer – Composers are easy-going, caretaker types who live in the present. They quietly enjoy new experiences.
INFP | The Healer – Healers have hugely altruistic personalities and are always happy to help. They are generally kind and highly imaginative.
INTP | The Architect – Architects are innovative philosophical thinkers who love to learn. They have a thirst for knowledge.
Extrovert personalities are bold and inspire change through their confident energies.
ESTP | ESFP | ENFP | ENTP
ESTJ | ESFJ | ENFJ | ENTJ
ESTP | The Dynamo – Dynamos are energetic and highly perceptive people. Often thrill-seekers, dynamos aren’t afraid to push the boundaries.
ESFP | The Entertainer – Entertainers are enthusiastic, energetic people who love to entertain those around them and have a genuine love of life.
ENFP | The Champion – Champions share their positivity with the world and see possibilities and potential everywhere they look.
ENTP | The Visionary – Visionaries are also known as debaters. They are always curious and will never back away from an intellectual challenge.
ESTJ | The Supervisor – Supervisors are hard workers and are naturally inclined to take charge. They excel at managing people and situations.
ESFJ | The Provider – Providers dedicate their lives to helping others. They are social, popular, and extremely caring people.
ENFJ | The Teacher – Teachers are charismatic, caring people who use their influence to do what is best for those around them.
ENTJ | The Commander – Commanders make strong leaders who are hugely imaginative and are not afraid to be outwardly bold to make change happen.
Compatibility of Myers-Briggs types
Compatibility can’t just be measured by whether people’s personality types align. Many other factors are essential for a successful relationship or friendship, so shared interests, experiences and values need to be taken into account.
Below, we’ve listed the most ‘compatible pairings’ by introvert and extrovert personality types[iii].
|ISTJ||ENTP & ENFP||The extrovert personalities and laid-back traits work alongside the sometimes serious nature of the ISTJ|
|INTJ||ENTP & ENFP||Their relaxed nature lets them appreciate the INTJ’s independence & they can support them in social situations|
|ISFJ||ESFP & ESTP||ISFJs nurturing, planning traits are balanced nicely by these extrovert personalities|
|INFJ||ENFP, ENTP, INTJ, INFJ||Compatible with a range of personalities as they are good, instinctive listeners|
|ISTP||ESFJ & ESTJ||ISTPs live in the present, whilst the extrovert types enjoy planning which makes for a balanced relationship|
|ISFP||ESTJ & ESFJ||The ISFP benefits from the structure that the ESTJ or ESFJ can bring to their lives|
|INFP||ENFJ & ENTJ||INFPs are led by feelings, which these extrovert types can intuitively understand|
|INTP||ENTJ & ENFJ||The INTP needs space, and these extrovert types know when to step back and let them breathe|
|ESTP||ISTJ & ISFJ||ESTPs can help the introvert to enjoy new experiences with them, and both types are not swayed by their emotions|
|ESFP||ISTJ & ISFJ||ESFPs will take the ISTJ & ISFP’s introversion as a challenge, creating a fun relationship or companionship|
|ENFP||INFJ & INFJ||These introverts can balance out the impulsiveness of the ENFP|
|ENTP||INTJ & INFJ||Both the ENTP and the introvert types here have a passion and appreciation of knowledge|
|ESTJ||ISTP & ISFP||These types are not overly emotional, but the ESTJ’s need for structure balances the introverts laid back ways|
|ESFJ||ISFP & ISTP||Driven by emotion, the ESFJ needs the logic of the ISFP or ISTP to create a well-rounded dynamic|
|ENFJ||INFP & INTP||The ENFJ and these introverts are equally intuitive, so can easily cater to each other’s needs within a relationship|
|ENTJ||INTP & INFP||ENTJs aren’t comfortable discussing emotional topics, which these introverts understand|
Here are some quick facts about personality type compatibility[iv]:
- Some personality types are more likely to work out when paired with similar types. According to research, Sensing Judgers (ISTJ, ISFJ, ESTJ & ESFJ) are 79% satisfied when paired with other SJ’s. This is the same with Intuitive Feelers (INFJ, INFP, ENFP, ENFJ) who reported a 73% satisfaction rate when paired together. These types are naturally emotionally driven and spend time nurturing relationships.
- On the contrary, some personality types aren’t compatible when paired with similar types. Sensing, Thinking and Perceiving types only reported 33% satisfaction when with other STPs. These personality types care the least about maintaining healthy relationships.
- Couples with the Feeling preference in common are more likely to get on.
- Often, pairings of Introverts and Extroverts work best.
We’ve found a handy chart that helps to better illustrate compatibility – you can find this here.
Where to take the test
There are several platforms where you can take the test. Many of the statements are largely the same if not slightly re-worded, and each platform will provide results in a different format.
These are some of our favourite platforms for taking the test:
- 16Personalities – Take the Myers-Briggs test for free. This platform provides very detailed results that are easy to understand. They also offer a ‘Premium Profile’ option which allows you to take your results further and better apply your inherent personality traits to your life.
- MBTI – This is the official a platform for the Myers Briggs test. You have to pay to take this test, but you receive personalised courses, action guides and lifetime access.
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