I love taking quizzes. I’m that person constantly on BuzzFeed doing quizzes to find out what flavour of ice-cream I am, and which actor would best suit being my boyfriend. (Channing Tatum, wassup?) Yes, they’re all bullshit, but you can’t deny they’re fun.
This quiz I’m talking about today, however, is a little different. It’s more of a test that determines what personality group you fit into, based on psychological evidence and research.
Developed by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers, the Myers-Brigg Type Indicator is a questionnaire “based on the typological theory proposed by Carl Jung, who had speculated that there are four principal psychological functions by which humans experience the world – sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking – and that one of these four functions is dominant for a person most of the time. The MBTI was constructed for normal populations and emphasises the value of naturally occurring differences.The underlying assumption of the MBTI is that we all have specific preferences in the way we construe our experiences, and these preferences underlie our interests, needs, values, and motivation.”
The test, available on many different sites, takes approximately 10 minutes. It presents you with a series of statements rather than questions, and you’re required to select on a spectrum how much you agree with each one. Upon completion of the quiz, your left with a combination of 4 letters.
I did the test on a site called 16 Personalities.com, and they suggest that of all 16 possible personalities, I am an…
INFJ – The Advocate!
INFJ stands for Introversion, iNtuition, Feeling, Judging, which according to this test, are the factors that comprise my personality.
I fairly quickly learned that us INFJ’s are quite a rare bunch, as we make up less than 1% of the population!
With some more research, I discovered that I’m in good company, some INFJ’s that you may have heard of include the likes of Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Nicole Kidman, Morgan Freeman, even Mother Teresa!
Now, what is an INFJ?
According to 16 Personalities.com, where I did the test, here’s a bit about the INFJ:
“Advocates tend to see helping others as their purpose in life, but while people with this personality type can be found engaging rescue efforts and doing charity work, their real passion is to get to the heart of the issue so that people need not be rescued at all.”
“Advocates indeed share a unique combination of traits: though soft-spoken, they have very strong opinions and will fight tirelessly for an idea they believe in. They are decisive and strong-willed, but will rarely use that energy for personal gain – Advocates will act with creativity, imagination, conviction and sensitivity not to create advantage, but to create balance. Egalitarianism and karma are very attractive ideas to Advocates, and they tend to believe that nothing would help the world so much as using love and compassion to soften the hearts of tyrants.”
There’s a whole lot more of information about all 16 personality types, from their strengths, weakness, romantic tendencies, and optimal career types. You can read all about your personality and others online, there’s so much information!
Now it could be cold reading (that’s the sceptic in me), but I can definitely relate a lot to the information about my personality type, it’s actually slightly creepy how accurate it can be!
This was a really interesting experience and I encourage anyone to take the test the next time they have a spare 10 minutes as I’ve found it quite accurate. It’s also a great way to learn more about yourself!
Have you done this test? What personality type are you?
– Karen xx