Have you ever heard of or taken the Myers-Briggs Personality Test? The full test is quite comprehensive, but there are a lot of places online that will give you a simplified version of the test. Your personality gets scored in four different facets. Are you more of an introvert or extrovert? Do you take in and interpret information through sensing or intuition? Is your decision-making governed by feeling or thinking? Do you interact with the outside world by judging or perceiving? You can read more about the whole test, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicators, and the 16 personality types on the Myers-Briggs Foundation web site.
I have taken the full version of the test two different times. The first time I took the test was when I was around 19 years old and in college. I took the test with several friends, and we instantly became enthralled with understanding our personality types and blaming all of our behaviors on those four letters. At that time, my test result was ENFP (extroversion, intuition, feeling, perceiving). I was, however, only slightly extroverted.
I took the test again a few years ago, and only one thing changed. As it turns out, I no longer have an extroverted bone in my body. I flipped way to the other side of the scale and measured very high on the introversion scale. I guess it’s sort of funny in that I spend a lot of my time interacting with students and sharing my thoughts online. The thing is, an introverted person is capable of being extroverted when needed. It’s just that introverted people find that kind of activity to be exhausting rather than energizing. So, I’m capable of being extremely extroverted, but then I need to come home and sit in the quiet by myself eating Cheez-it crackers.
So, the last time I took the test was at church, and the priest was explaining everyone’s results to the class. He looks at mine, calls me “artsy fartsy”, and then asks if I am an artist. I look at him incredulously and reply that actually I do math for a living because I am a finance professor. He laughs for a moment and then tells me I have the wrong job. We ended up in a long discussion about how I ended up majoring in geophysics and then ended up in a finance career. Still, that brief moment really stuck with me. It made me realize why I love certain parts of my job and merely tolerate other parts. It also encouraged me to go back to explore the creative parts of myself that I lost over the years. My Myers-Briggs Type Indicator also explains why I am a finance professor who wears Converse and has purple hair. Understanding these things about myself has allowed me to fully embrace and enjoy my quirkiness.
If you want to start understanding your personality type with a very short quiz, you can check out this simple Myers-Briggs personality quiz. It is not the actual test and does not provide enough questions to be totally accurate, but it will get you started in exploring personality type. Here is a chart explaining some of the personality traits of each type.
Ironically, my personality type resembles that of a hippie. I guess that fits with the bohemian title of this blog. My main goal in life is to find the meaning of life. No wonder I am constantly faced with an existential crisis. Notice that math and science have nothing to do with any of these suggested careers. Thanks, mom and dad. Part of my job, however, does involve being a teacher, editor, and writer. So, I guess I found the part of finance and math that best suited my artsy fartsy personality. I also love that the famous INFPs are some pretty crazy people. We’re a strange crowd. At least I also have J.K. Rowling at my INFP table.
Once you know your Myers-Briggs personality type, you can also search Pinterest for other fun material to get to know yourself better. For example, you can find out the crime you would most likely commit. I almost peed my pants when I saw that mine was stalking. It’s like they know my soul.
You also get to find out important fangirl things like which Disney character shares your personality. Like Belle, I’m hoping for more than this provincial life and will find it in books and Youtube videos if necessary.
Want to know which Harry Potter character shares your personality type? Apparently, I’m Luna Lovegood. The one with her head in the clouds who can’t find her shoes but is strong, brave, and loyal to the end.
If you already know your MBTI, comment below to tell me yours. If you have not taken the test, go find out and then share it with me.