Young Adults of St Francis

Personality Type

Posted on: July 6, 2011

The Myers Briggs model of personality is based on four preferences:

  • E or I (Extraversion or Introversion)
  • S or N (Sensing or iNtuition)
  • T or F (Thinking or Feeling)
  • J or P (Judgment or Perception)

You combine the preferences to give your Myers Briggs personality type. Eg: having preferences for E and S and T and J gives a personality type of ESTJ. There are sixteen Myers Briggs personality types.

A frequently used analogy is handedness – where you have a preference for one hand but use them both. Similarly, you have all eight facets in your Myers Briggs personality profile. Whilst your personality type indicates that you have a preference for some of them, you nevertheless use all of them.

The four preferences in more detail

Where, primarily, do you prefer to direct your energy?

If you prefer to direct your energy to deal with people, things, situations, or “the outer world”, then your preference is for Extraversion. This is denoted by the letter “E”.

If you prefer to direct your energy to deal with ideas, information, explanations or beliefs, or “the inner world”, then your preference is for Introversion. This is denoted by the letter “I”.

How do you prefer to process information?

If you prefer to deal with facts, what you know, to have clarity, or to describe what you see, then your preference is for Sensing. This is denoted by the letter “S”.

If you prefer to deal with ideas, look into the unknown, to generate new possi2bilities or to anticipate what isn’t obvious, then your preference is for Intuition. This is denoted by the letter “N” (the letter I has already been used for Introversion).

How do you prefer to make decisions?

If you prefer to decide on the basis of objective logic, using an analytic and detached approach, then your preference is for Thinking. This is denoted by the letter “T”.

If you prefer to decide using values and/or personal beliefs, on the basis of what you believe is important or what you or others care about, then your preference is for Feeling. This is denoted by the letter “F”.

How do you prefer to organise your life?

If you prefer your life to be planned, stable and organised then your preference is for Judging (not to be confused with ‘Judgmental’, which is quite different). This is denoted by the letter “J”.

If you prefer to go with the flow, to maintain flexibility and respond to things as they arise, then your preference is for Perception. This is denoted by the letter “P”.

This test is a rip-off of the famous Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, however pretty accurate on it’s results.  It may not be as polished of a test as the MBTI, but hey, it’s free. Now, click this link to access the Jung Typology Test:
http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes1.htm

When you’ve finished the last test item, click the “score it” button at the bottom of the test page.  You will now see a page which indicates your Jung Typology Test results.  You’ll see “Your Type Is” and four letters below it (like ESTJ or INFP).  This is where you’ll see your strength preferences. Just below this you will see two links to type descriptions for your four letter type.  One type description is by David Keirsey, the other by Joe Butt.  Both are OK and will give you a basic description of your personality type. But click on the Joe Butt description.

Have fun and see what you’re results are! 😉

Yours truly,

A College Student

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