Who Are You? The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

by Lindsay Shapka in ,

I am the last person to take anything said in a horoscope seriously (if I even bother to read it), nor have I have I ever believed in psychics (though I have considered visiting one for this blog) — especially since shows like The Mentalist and Psych show how people with strong powers of observation can read even your most private thoughts by how high you raise your eyebrow. I never take questionnaires in magazines claiming to tell me who I am, and though I will admit that I've pulled the pisces book off the shelf in the bookstore for a laugh, I only ever find about 40% of the stuff in it even relates to me — if that. 

So you can imagine my skepticism when a friend of mine shared a link with me for a Personality Test. Luckily she had caught me at a time when I had some time, so the ten minute quiz didn't seem like that big of a deal. When the results popped up on my screen, I had NEVER read anything that sounded so much like me IN MY LIFE. Especially because it started with this quote: 

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for – and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool – for love – for your dreams – for the adventure of being alive.
— Orian Mountain Dreamer

It turns out, that the test is based on actual scientific research — the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator which is a questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. This was designed by Katherine Briggs and her daughter Isabel Myers from theories that were proposed by Carl Jung and published in his book Psychological Types in 1921. His theory was basically that there are four main ways that everyone experiences the world — sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking — and one of these four functions is dominant. 

It turns out that I am a ENFP, meaning that the strongest parts of my personality are that I am Extroverted, iNtuitive, keep my Feelings close to the surface, and am always Prospecting (willing to change and try something new). All things that (I like to think) are true... 

You can take the quiz yourself at 16 Personalities. Give it a go and let me know what you think! 

(Disclaimer: I am not receiving any compensation for this post — I just think it's cool!)