Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

This test was brought to my attention by a blogger I follow and interestingly enough ties in with my previous post on self perceptions.  The Myers-Briggs type indicator test ” is a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions” (Source Wikipedia)

There are sixteen possible outcomes for the test, and I happen to come out as and ESFJ.  This is called a Caregiver Guardian.  Here is a link to a description of what I am supposed to be like according to research.

According to Wikipedia (the source of all solid, completely truthful information) if I were an American the category I fall into is a rather popular one.  A brief overview gives the impression that I:

  • am a people person
  • take my responsibilities seriously
  • bring out the best in others and make them feel good about themselves
  • am hurt by indifference
  • require approval of my actions
  • gain great personal satisfaction from helping others
  • really care about other people
  • am strongly task orientated
  • want to control my external environment
  • am quite masculine, with a hidden sensitive side
  • am very good at reading people

All in all, I would say this is pretty much bang on.  There are inclinations to be a manipulator, and that is something I abhor so I do not identify with that title.  All in all, it is pretty accurate.  What do you think? Do you agree or disagree? Why? Answers on a SAE to my blog or personal email.

I have an ex girlfriend who I used to call Angel. That was her name and I only called her that. In return she used to call me her Guardian. Years later it appears this little test agrees with her. How fascinating.


11 thoughts on “Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

  1. Hi MMS,

    I was introduced to this by my partner 2 years ago through his job. I thought it was a load of codswallop, but after taking the test was quite impressed with the outcome…..just goes to show you …;-)….Shell p.s have not commented for a long time due to illness but pleased to read you have recovered from your accident

    • Sometimes psychometric testing actually works. So many jobs do maths and English tests before you get an interview. More and more now do these as well.
      Thank you for stopping by again and it is lovely to hear that you have been reading along. I’m sorry you have been ill though, may I ask what was wrong? Hope you are much better now 🙂

    • We broke up about 5 years ago. By the way, have a read/listen to my post Ed Sheeran- drunk. Last time I posted him you said he sounded like your SO. You might enjoy this one too.

      • Everybody sounds like him…There will always be that One who you compare all others. Although it seems rather unfair, but in the end no one ever gets want they really want any way.

  2. Oh my! You are not going to believe this. You and B are the same indicator. Both Guardians. Hahaha go figure! 🙂

  3. I think it does fit you from what I know from your writing. I am a personality test-taking junkie, and I actually took several classes on these types of tests when I was studying psychology. I love to find out what people are, Myers Briggs-wise. I’m an ENFP. I actually took this test in high school. We were required to take it when we were going to college (University, as most of my European pals say), and I was an ENFP at the ripe old age of sixteen. I took the test again in my mid-twenties, and again in my early thirties, and I scored the same every time. I actually have a book on some of this stuff that I might have to pull out and review. It’s a well-researched test and usually provides lots of insight into one’s personality.

    • That sounds very much like you from what I read. Especially the free spirit and the timing part!

      They require you to take the test before entering higher education? That I did not know. Is that normal for people or is that for specific places only?

      Thank you for the compliment also. Much appreciated. Hope you and the family are all well

      • Sorry, I wasn’t really clear about that. It isn’t exactly required by the public schools or government or anything, but most schools (usually guidance counselors) have students take the Myers-Briggs and/or other similar tests (Big-5/OCEAN) to help determine their strengths and to get a better understanding of what might be your best career path. I was trying to determine what my major in college should be when I took it the first time. I think that was also the goal the second time when I was changing my focus in school. The third time I was actually enrolled in a university class called Personality Psychology. We learned more about how the test was developed. It is so well-developed and precise that a person’s results are typically stable over time. In other words, I’ve remained ENFP but I’ve come more to center in each category. For example, take Extroversion — the first category. If the range is 1-100 with 1 being highly Introverted and 100 being highly Extroverted, in high school I might have scored a 75. Definitely an E and pretty extroverted at that. However, most recently when I took the test I scored something like 53. I still fell over 50 which makes me an (E)xtrovert rather than an (I)ntrovert, but I’m more balanced now. I love being around people, but I also enjoy and perhaps more precisely can appreciate time to myself. Hope that kind of makes sense. Fascinating stuff and it really helps finding one’s best fit career-wise.

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