Know Thyself: Understanding Personality with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

Posted on September 17, 2012


Myers-Briggs personality types in a nutshell

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or MBTI has been one of the most widely used personality assessments in psychology and business.

Understanding your personality type and those you work and live with help make our relationships run more smoothly. When that happens, everyone benefits. We’re happier, more productive and receive all the health and economic benefits that come with it.

So what is your personality type and what does that say about how you relate to the world and other people?

Here is an online version of the test that you can take. You answer 72 questions and then it will give you a 4-letter score.

For example, I’m an INTJ and according to the graphic above my motto is “everything can be improved.” It is true that I tend to focus on efficiency and improvement by understanding things systematically, but there is much more detail available.

A simpler way to understand this is to look at your Keirsey Type. You can match your letter score with Keirsey’s categories. There are 4 major types, Guardians, Artisans, Idealists, and Rationals, and 4 subtypes of each type with a total of 16 subtypes.

So as an INTJ, I’m a Rational type and a Mastermind subtype. The site also gives information how each type works in romantic relationships, and what is the best way to deal with stress and work situations for each type.

Also Keirsey provides a list of well-known people with a particular personality type. People with my type are Isaac, Newton, Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, Niels Bohr, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Ulysses S. Grant. Either pure sciences or people who applied science and technology to strategic situations.

Enough about me, what about you? What type are you?

I recommend answering the questions as honestly as you can and seeing if you agree with your interpretation. Think of the answer that generally fits you or is the least bad answer.

Most types seem to fit the person taking it and not doesn’t fit other types, unlike a newspaper horoscope.

So what did you learn about yourself and others?