The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality test that examines all the different personality types and how a person’s personality can dictate their strengths and preferences. You are able to learn which of the 16 personality types you are by taking a questionnaire. This test was developed by Isabel Myers and her mother Katherine Briggs and is based around their work on Carl Jung’s theory of personality types.
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To find out which personality type you are closest to, you select one characteristic that resembles you best (it’s okay if both sound like you, just pick the one that you gravitate towards most) from each scale. There are four different scales:
Introverted (I) vs. Extroverted (E): Introverts feel overwhelmed after socializing with others for long periods of time. They need time alone to rest and recharge. Extroverts on the other hand gather energy from being around others. They tend to get restless after too much time alone.
Intuitive (N) vs. Sensing (S): Being intuitive means you’re someone who thinks about the big picture. You like to think about all the different possibilities, abstract theories, and are constantly looking into the future. People who fall into the sensing category are those who are very concerned with the present. They are detail oriented and enjoy facts and information that is useful.
Thinking (T) vs. Feeling (F): If you’re a thinker, then you’re very rational. Decisions are made with logic and reason. Feeling constitutes anyone who makes decisions with their heart. They are relational and take into consideration how everyone involved would feel.
Judging (J) vs. Perceiving (P): Judging are people who like to create a plan of action. They don’t like to just whimsically do anything. These types of people are decisive and focused. Perceivers are the opposite. They don’t like to make plans and would rather just see where things go. They are laid back and adaptable.
Now that you’ve got a letter from each different scale, find out what personality trait they add up to. Here’s a detailed breakdown of all 16 Myers-Briggs personality types….
1. The Inspector (ISTJ: Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, Judging)
People who fall into this category are often quiet, reserved, and practical. They thrive in environments and tasks that involve organization and order like their home, work, family, and projects. Not surprisingly, one of the main characteristics of ISTJ’s are that they are planners, explains Very Well Mind. They enjoy planning activities well in advance. This goes hand in hand with the fact that they like order and organization. When this are disorganized or in disarray, they are unable to rest until everything is set straight.
They are also extremely responsible and realistic. They are very good at ignoring distractions and getting their work done. Lastly, they value tradition and law, and like to follow rules and procedures that have been put in place ahead of time. They do not like to stray far from the structured path. Due to the fact that they like environments that are clearly defined and tend to gravitate more towards factual information as opposed to anything abstract, ISTJ’s should consider a career that is very structured like accounting, computer programming, dentist, lawyer, or police officer, says Very Well Mind.