I did a quick search about MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator), so I could explain what the personality types are and try to narrow down why I’m in between on one of their letters. The letters all stand for two sides of a trait and when they are combined, they give you your MBTI personality profile. I’m an ENFJ borderline ENFP. They both describe me, and yet neither describes me. I love to read books about personality, and maybe I do that in the hopes of narrowing down what my personality is. Maybe none of those things matter to you and you don’t care what personality you have, but I love to find out more about myself this way.
Anyway, my search took me to a site I had visited before, but I hadn’t really read any of the articles. They have actually taken the research done by the MBTI people and have expanded on it. All of their tests and personality discussions and articles and everything is online for free. You can find them here. So, I decided to take their test. It’s free and they claim to have solved some of the problems with people in the borderline areas, so I thought it was worth a try.
They go on to describe their “personality aspects” in 5 different categories. (the whole article is incredibly interesting to me and you can find it here)
I took the test and here is my personality type from their test. This time I tested on the P side instead of J… I got ENFP – A (the A part is new, so read below to see what it means)
Mind, Energy, Nature, Tactics and Identity… they describe them by saying.. “Each of these aspects should be seen as a two-sided continuum”
Mind – “How we interact with our surroundings” Introvert vs. Extrovert My results: 71% E
Energy – “How we see the world and process information” iNtuition vs. obServing My results: 85% N
Nature – “How we make decisions and cope with emotions” Thinking vs. Feeling My results: 65% F
Tactics – “How we approach work, planning, and decision making” Judging vs. Prospecting My results: 74% P (much higher than it has ever been on these tests)
Identity – “How confident we are in our abilities and decisions” Assertive vs. Turbulent My results: 51% Assertive (this is the only borderline score I had)
They have then broken the types down into 4 roles.
The next layer is Strategies. It “shows our preferred ways of doing things and achieving goals”.
My Strategy: People Mastery
I have enjoyed reading the articles about my personality type, and I can’t wait to learn more about it. I loved this line in the description they wrote in an article that I’ve linked above. It says my personality tends to see life “through a prism of emotion, compassion, and mysticism, and are always looking for a deeper meaning.” That is exactly what I’m doing… trying to see myself (and the other people in the world) on a deeper level.
Next, I’ll talk about the Enneagram… another, more ancient personality system.