Every so I often, I take the Carl Jung/Myers Briggs inspired personality test at https://www.16personalities.com. That usually prompts me to encourage my family to take it, because who doesn’t like to learn about themselves and their loved ones? I find it interesting, fun and somewhat telling as to the things we “discover” about ourselves, or maybe admit to ourselves. My results have had the exact same outcome every time, with varying percentages. I am sure most of you will be surprised to see a higher percentage on my Extra/introvert scale…last time I was 49/51, this time I am 34/66. Now, before you start reading in your what each of these things mean, let me give you some information straight from Myers Briggs to accompany.
While we possess both sides, both abilities/capabilities, the larger percentage is indicative of the place we use or operate more from. Let’s break it down a bit, and I suggest if you do your 16 personalities test, don’t just look at the information they provide for you, look up more information at the Myers Briggs website.(Link at the bottom of post.)
According to Myers Briggs: “I like getting my energy from dealing with ideas, pictures, memories, and reactions that are inside my head, in my inner world.” VS. “I like getting my energy from active involvement in events and having a lot of different activities.”. This is very accurate for me, I dream, think, have visions and my mind makes connections to other things in my mind, and this is what inspires me.
According to Myers Briggs: “I like to work with symbols or abstract theories, even if I don’t know how I will use them. I solve problems by leaping between different ideas and possibilities.” VS “I notice facts and I remember details that are important to me. I am pragmatic and bottom line.” Although I tend to be both, I operate more so from making connections with ideas.
According to Myers Briggs:“I more concerned with values and what is best for the people involved.” VS “I can be seen as too task-oriented, uncaring, or indifferent.” Yeah, I am a bit task oriented, but not so much. I definitely care more about values, and for the greater good.
According to Myers Briggs: “I like to have things decided. I like to make lists of things to do.” VS “I am stimulated by an approaching deadline.” This pair describes what I prefer in an outer world. Do not confuse Judging with judgmental. More or less, I am very decisive, even while flowing, I am decisive.
According to 16personalities:“Assertive individuals are self-assured, even-tempered, and resistant to stress. They don’t worry too much, but this is different from apathy. They aim for goals and want successful results, but they typically won’t let nervousness color the path to their accomplishments.” Yes, this is so true for me. I would rather push past nervousness to see what I can do. I don’t lack self worth and I have a ton of empathy. I have an even cool head, especially under pressure, but you better bet that I want the best results possible in whatever I do or am associated with.
If you take your personality test, let me know, I’d love to hear the results and what you think about it!