The Best Personality Test You Can Take

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The Myers-Briggs Personality Test

Taking the Best Personality Test

Introduction to the Best Personality Test You Can Take

As promised, this is my bonus article to the series on introverts that I concluded last week. Most of you have probably heard of the Myers-Briggs 16 personality test, and have likely never taken it. In this article, I will give you an overview of the 16 personality traits and why, if you only take one in your whole life, this is the best personality test you can take.

I have taken this test twice. Once I took the free version, which gave me my combination of four traits, but with vague descriptions of each. The second time I took it, I paid for it, and received an extensively helpful packet of detailed information, and how my personality effects all areas of life. To say the least, it was well worth the money.

Whether you want to do it for free or pay for yours, finding out your test results and discovering more about yourself is more than worth it. Even if you have never been one to self-evaluate and analyze, the value of taking this test is immeasurable and it will not only give you a greater understanding of yourself and why you respond in certain ways, but also give you some handy tools to interact and communicate with others better.

Overview: The Myers-Briggs Personality Traits

There are four sets of letters, each being antonyms of each other. These sets have a total of 16 different combinations to make up a personality, and each personality has one letter from each set in a certain order. The sets are as follows:

Introverted and Extroverted

The first letter in the combination would be an E, if you were more prone to loving the hustle and bustle of the crowds and considered yourself a “people person”.

It would be an I if you prefer privacy, lots of “me-time” and had a few close, choice friends. The easiest way to tell which one you are is whether you are emotionally energized or drained by interactions with people.

A good example would be the difference between Elsa and Ana in “Frozen“.

Sensing and iNtuitive

The second letter of the four would be an S, if you are the person who mostly or entirely used your five senses to learn about the surrounding environment. You would be the type to use concrete, verifiable means to process information and come to conclusion.

You would get an N if your primary method of sizing up people or situations was overall impressions, hunches, or feelings. You would be more sensitive to the mood or atmosphere of the crowd or pick up on a person’s demeanor or aura.

A good example would be the difference between Cogsworth and Lumiere in “Beauty and the Beast“.

Thinking and Feeling

The third letter would be a T if you were more intellectual and factual in your decision-making. This could also include being straightforwardly black and white about doing the right thing.

You would get an F if you used more emotional intelligence when deciding on a matter. Being mindful of other’s feelings or weighing your decision against your values would fall under this category. And even if your moral standards were black and white, you would evaluate the way you needed to go about doing the right thing to cause the most benefit and the least amount of hurt to relationships as possible.

A good example would be the difference between Shang and Mulan in “Mulan 2“.

Judging and Perceiving

Despite what these words actually mean, they have nothing to do with judgment or perception. Rather, the fourth and final letter has everything to do with how you approach life.

You would get a J if you are plan your life well in advance, keep your future in mind when making goals and decisions, and staying fairly structured in your routines. You probably also make lists, whether mentally or on paper, and need advance notice to put anything into your schedule.

You would get a P if you “live in the moment” and have adaptable, flexible schedules, or “go with the flow”. You are more spontaneous and prefer to be open to lots of possibilities.

A good example of these would be the difference between Flick and Princess Jasmine in “A Bug’s Life“.

The 16 Personality Types

Now that you know what the individual letters mean, you can make more sense of the 16 possible combinations and what they mean. I won’t list them, but if you want to see a quick description of each, click here. I cannot stress enough how helpful it is to know for yourself which one you are. And if self-analyzation is your thing it’s awesome when your whole life makes sense and everything clicks! Knowing the different types can help you relate to and understand other people and how they respond to you.

Conclusion to the Best Personality Test You Can Take

So what’s your personality? If you have never taken the test, you can right here and here. Also, fun fact for you! You may not be entirely one personality type. You can have a primary and a secondary. For instance, I am primarily ISFJ, but I am also somewhat INTP as well. It depends on what the situation or setting calls for, but without any external forces, I am at home being ISFJ. If you don’t feel like one entirely fits you, worry not! You can claim the other one that you think matches too.I hope this article has been fun and informative and it inspires you on your journey of discovery!

For more information visit the Meyers-Briggs Foundation website

This has been the bonus article to the series Navigating the Obstacles of an Extroverted Society.

Stay tuned for my post next week where I’m going to share the birth story of my daughter.

About Post Author

Amber Goodrich

I am a sojourner and adventurer through life, with plenty of inspiring thoughts to share! My journey has taken me through the United States Army as a Medic, transitioned me to the National Guard. On the civilian side of the ride, I am a Licensed Massage Therapist, wife and mother. Most recently I have started a new chapter as a budding freelance writer with the goal of expanding my horizons to write short stories and books. I look forward to traversing this path and seeing what it has in store!
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