Who Are You? (And all those other people) – Really

Ever wonder what makes you tick — and why more people just do not see life as you do?  Why are some people so outgoing and charming while others infinitely prefer to ponder mysteries and ideas?  Are there studies or theories to explain the variety of different personalities and what motivates individuals?

In a word – Yes…….Theoretically…..Mostly

Certainly heredity and life circumstance contribute to personalities.  But – a commonly used tool called MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) can do a very good job at easily and clearly defining 16 personality types. It is confidential, easy to use and understand, and is readily available to the public.

The point is –  it is absolutely amazing to learn about and see yourself correctly understood (both the areas where you readily excel and your potential blind spots)!

Complete the MBTI questionnaire!  Simply indicate your degree of your preference (agree or disagree) to 60 questions. This is not a test – there are no wrong or right responses!   Free personality questionnaire 

Also, there are no right or wrong or good or bad personality types. Once you have competed the questions, the site determines your personality type and provides information about your: Strengths & Weaknesses, Emotions, Romantic Relationships, Friendships, Parenthood, Career Paths, Workplace Habits, Conclusion and an option to learn more. (Unless you provide further contact information the site will not contact you.)

myersbriggstypesLearn more about the 16 different Personality Types here. Personality types  It is important to note that each personality type excels in areas and has potential challenges.

A bit more about the indicator tool  – The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is an introspective self-reported questionnaire that measures preferences (on a gradual continuum) in how people perceive the world and make decisions. The assumption is these preferences reflect our interests, needs, values, and motivation.

While the MBTI has been called “the world’s most widely used personality assessment,” it is not without some criticism.  In formal studies, the test-retest reliability can be low – meaning that people may answer the questions differently over time.  The accuracy of the test depends completely honest self-reporting. Because the MBTI measures preferences rather than aptitude, it is not considered a proper instrument for employment or job performance or success.

intjThe 16 types are identified by an abbreviation of four letters (E or I, S or N, T or F, J or P) — which are better described on this page Personality types.

Extraversion (E) /Introversion (I)

The extraverted (note – not extrOverted) types learn best by talking and interacting with others to process and make sense of new information. The introverted types prefer quiet reflection and privacy as they explore ideas and concepts internally.

Sensing (S) /Intuition (N)

Sensing types prefer the present and move to the abstract after they have established concrete experience. Intuitive types (N) like learning atmospheres where emphasis is placed on meaning and associations. Insight is valued and pattern recognition occurs naturally for intuitive types.

Thinking (T) /Feeling (F)

Thinking types make decisions based on objective truth and logical principles. They are  good at deductive reasoning. Feeling types place emphasis on issues and causes that can be personalized and consider the motives of others.

Judging (J) /Perceiving (P)who-are-you

Judging types will thrive when information is organized and structured. They are motivated to complete assignments to gain closure. Perceiving types like a flexible learning environment where they stimulated by new and exciting ideas and tend to procrastinate.

Read more about it here:

The Myers & Briggs Foundation

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

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