Why should I care about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator?

What is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator?

MBTI, or the Myers-Briggs Type indicator is one of the most popular personality tests in the world today.

The underlying theories were generated by the well known father of analytical psychology, Carl Jung. However, the test was created by Katherine Myers-Briggs and her daughter who took Jung’s theories and developed it into something that anyone can understand and benefit from.

Despite its popularity, it has received a lot of mixed reviews over the years. Some people swear by its accuracy and effectiveness, while others doubt its credibility entirely.

The following are some of the practical uses of MBTI in your personal life:

  • To better understand yourself and those close to you.
  • To help find a career path suitable to your needs and preferences.
  • To better communicate with various types of people.

So…should I care or not?

Well the answer to that question depends on you, and only you. For some, MBTI could be the magical solution that changes your life for the better. For others, it could just complicate things and be a complete waste of time.

I say give the test a try and if it’s helpful then it’s helpful, if not the move on. There is really no harm in trying in my opinion.

My personal experience with MBTI

Note: There will be bias in my words because of how life changing the test was for me personally, but ultimately you should come to your own conclusion about the test.

Personally, my experience with MBTI was life changing. Discovering MBTI completely changed my life for the better and it is a big part of the reason why this blog exists today!

My personality type is INFJ and it is the rarest type that approximately only 1-2% of the world shares. To read more about the INFJ personality type you can check out this article that I wrote a little while back.

It hasn’t even been a full year since I discovered MBTI and figured out my personality type. It was around November last year that I made the discovery and the experience was so significant that a whole lotta tears flowed. Finally everything started to click and my life started to make sense after so many years. Honestly, it was the most relief I had ever felt in my entire life.

The reason why it was so significant was because I always had really bad anxiety issues that I was unable to pinpoint. I felt lost for the majority of my life and couldn’t find a solution to the problem. I was comparing myself too much to other people and it made me a very insecure person. I was always trying to ‘fix’ myself so that I could be like everyone else.

Discovering MBTI let me know that there was nothing wrong with me and that I should be proud to be who I am. It let me know that I am not alone and that there are other people out there who experience the same issues. Since making the discovery I have been a lot better at managing my anxiety and I am gaining more confidence in myself every day (though I still have a long way to go).

So for me MBTI is an indispensable tool. It is a tool that I use to further understand myself as well as those close to me. I honestly don’t know where I would be without it at this point..probably still lost, confused, and anxious..


If you are interested in finding out your personality type then you can take a free test here: https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test

If you would like, feel free to post your personality type in a comment below or share your own thoughts about MBTI.  Has the test helped you in a significant way?

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The ESTP Personality Type

Logo_1500184279774ESTPs are down to earth, realistic, and spontaneous. They are masters of improvisation and will dive into a new adventure without a second thought if it seems interesting enough. Being the lovers of life that they are, entertainment is often a center focus of their lives. They thrive on action and do not like to sit idle doing nothing with their time. They are thrill seekers to the core and are always up for a challenge. Those with the ESTP personality type will have some eccentric qualities to their personality because their zest for life is really quite out of the ordinary. Even their career choices tend to be out of the ordinary and excitement driven. ESTPs themselves are spontaneous and entertaining people. They can garner the attention of those around them simply by being themselves because of  their natural humor and stylish flair.

The dominant function of the ESTP personality type is Extraverted Sensing (Se). Se is all about the physical environment and what’s going on in the here and now. Any activity that relies on the 5 senses (taste, sight, touch, smell, and hearing) is where ESTPs really thrive. Typically anything new to their senses will be a big source of interest, food for example. ESTPs are also extremely perceptive of the world around them in the current moment. The present moment in general is very important to ESTPs. They do not like to worry too much about the future or the past, rather they like to focus on what’s going on right now.  They like to make the most out of life and want to make each moment fun and exciting. They are very observant of their surroundings and can pick up on little details or changes in the environment that others seem to overlook. Even little changes in facial expressions or slight hand gestures can be easily read and analyzed. ESTPs can be incredibly hard to fool because of this and it gives them the upper hand when it comes to negotiating with people.

Introverted Thinking (Ti) is the auxiliary function of the ESTP personality type. With Ti they are able to understand the world and make sense of it logically. The world to an ESTP is made up of facts that the ESTP recognizes and accepts because they make sense. Ti is especially useful when there is a problem that needs to be solved or a method that needs to be improved. This is a second mode of operation and a more serious side to them compared to their fun loving Se dominant side. ESTPs are the masters of reading a situation and coming up with decisions on the fly but they certainly have the capability to plan as well, though they usually prefer not to. This is actually one of the biggest strengths that they possess because even without a plan they can do just as good, if not better than the next guy.

Extraverted Feeling (Fe) is their tertiary function and one of their weaker abilities but it nonetheless supports them throughout life. This is relevant in understanding how others are feeling. ESTPs in general tend to disregard the feelings of others, however, they often end up naturally developing their fe to a functioning degree at some point in their lives (usually in their mid 30s). Though they seldom rely on feelings in their daily living. ESTPs instead prefer to make decisions that are based on facts and logic rather than feelings.

Introverted Intuition (Ni) is the inferior function of the ESTP personality type. It is basically the opposite of Extraverted Sensing which is all about the present moment and taking action. Ni is about envisioning the future possibilities. This is the weakest ability that they possess and it often manifests itself in a negative manner. They can suffer from internal confusion and lack of motivation if they get stuck using their inferior Ni too much. This is one of the few times that these guys seriously stress themselves out because normally they are very easy going and relaxed.


The functions:

Dominant function: Extraverted Sensing (Se)

Auxiliary function: Introverted Thinking (Ti)

Tertiary function: Extraverted Feeling (Fe)

Inferior function: Introverted Intuition (Ni)


Don’t know your personality type? Find out here

The ISFP Personality Type

 

Logo_1498850076425ISFPs are modest, sensitive, and adventure loving people who live their life according to their values.

Those who identify with the ISFP personality type will be driven to do things depending on how they feel about them; this is because of their dominant function Introverted Feeling (Fi). Fi is the source of their strong inner value system and it guides their choice of actions throughout life. One thing that ISFPs fear the most is being forced to do something that goes against their values. These people need their independence and are often proud of their own unique style and originality.

ISFPs value harmony in their lives and strive to maintain certain feelings within. These people feel things deeply and are known for being quite sensitive, especially when it comes to conflict or criticism. However, they may not always express the depth of their feelings to the outside world and instead choose to bottle up their feelings on the inside. Artistic expression is a great way for them to show the world how they feel and they often do well in the art industry.

The source of their adventure loving nature is their auxiliary function Extraverted Sensing (Se).  Se is all about the present moment and the utilization of the 5 senses. ISFPs tend to always be aware of what’s going on around them at the moment, even when they are daydreaming or lost in their inner world. Se is also what makes these people unpredictable and spontaneous. ISFPs would rather leave their schedule open than plan their whole life out because that would be much too boring. Although they are introverted and tend to be quiet people, they have a fun loving air about them and are known for taking spontaneous risks.

ISFPs naturally combine Fi and Se. Fi is their default mode of living and it is all about peace and harmony. However, Se is all about action and taking risks which makes for a very unique combination. An ISFP with well developed Se will be great at taking action, especially when it comes to something they feel passionate about. Decision making in general is not a strong point for ISFPs but developing Se will definitely help in that regard. Fi on it’s own is very lax and melancholy so having Se to support creates an equilibrium that is essential for these people to function.

Their tertiary function is Introverted Intuition (Ni). This function is not the strongest of their abilities but it is there to support them nonetheless. With Ni these people can envision possibilities and potential improvements for the future. Their intuition is an important tool for figuring out which path to take in life but it can sometimes leave them idle and stagnant. Sometimes these people get stuck in a Fi + Ni loop which can get quite depressing. They may envision their wildest dreams coming true and how great it will feel when they accomplish their goals but will remain stuck in the loop, simply dreaming but unable to take action. This may feel like a safe place for them but ultimately nothing will change without them taking action in the present and making things happen. The only way for them to get out of the loop is to utilize their auxiliary function Se and start taking action.

The inferior function for the ISFP personality type is Extraverted Thinking (Te). This is their weakest function and very often brings out the negative characteristics of the person. When an ISFP is being bombarded with excessive criticism or negativity then that’s when Te will start to show. They will feel compelled to take control of the situation and defend themselves any way they can. Most often they will become aggressive towards whoever criticized them and will respond with their own criticism. Te will also show its self by taking unnecessary action that only makes the situation worse. Learning how to control their emotions and remain peaceful in times like these is a life long goal for people with the ISFP personality type and it will only get easier with age.


The functions:

Dominant function: Introverted Feeling (Fi)

Auxiliary function: Extraverted Sensing (Se)

Tertiary function: Introverted Intuition (Ni)

Inferior function: Extraverted Thinking (Te)


This book seems to have decent reviews on amazon for anyone looking for a more in depth guide. A few things that are explained in this book include strengths and weaknesses, career choices, and relationship dynamics.


If you don’t know your personality type then you can find out here

The ISTP Personality Type

 

ISTPISTPs are known for being down to earth, practical, and laid back. Rather than hearing a long winded explanation, they would much rather take action in the present and get results now.

You can always rely on an ISTP to fix something, create a solution, or troubleshoot a problem. These people generate solutions and implement them at an incredibly fast pace. Their analytical skills are top notch and when they are able to get their hands on something that catches their eye, they make sure to explore it all the way down to its core. Their dominant function is Introverted Thinking (Ti), and it is the source of their analytical prowess and troubleshooting abilities. With Ti, ISTPs are able to get to the root of the problem and make sense of it logically. They like to maintain their objectivity and let their rational self take the lead at all times; ISTPs and emotions do not mix well.

ISTPs live in the moment and like to take action in the present. Daily routines and boring methods are the best way to kill an ISTP on the inside. These people will work hard at something that actually interests them and like to find their own unique path in life. ISTPs have a risk taking air about them due to their auxiliary function: Extraverted Sensing (Se).  Se relies on the 5 senses – sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste – and is the main source of their action oriented tendencies. They can even be led into dangerous career paths because living a life like everyone else would simply be too boring for these people.  They are risk takers and thrive on action, however, keep in mind that these people are still introverts.

The dominant function of the ISTP is an introverted one and ISTPs need ample down time to recharge their batteries every now and then. ISTPs take in information from the world with their Se, then make sense of it and analyze the data with their Ti. These people are interested in the world around them and their curiosity knows no bounds. With the combination of Ti + Se, ISTPs perceive the outside world, analyze it, and then get to the core truth about what they have perceived. This combination is why ISTPs are so great at figuring out how things work.  From there they can figure out how to improve or make tweaks to the current system.

Fields such as engineering where ISTPs can use their hands and work on something directly are places where they excel. They can absorb and memorize concrete facts with ease and also do well in fields such as accounting or mathematics. Their communication and social skills are areas where they may have trouble with, and they often have a hard time opening up to people. ISTPs will express themselves in as few words as they can but will make sure they get their point across. Even non verbal forms of expression can be their option of choice. A strong asset that ISTPs possess is their level headedness in high pressure situations; where others may get overwhelmed by their emotions, ISTPs will take their time and get the job done right.

Their tertiary function is Introverted Intuition (Ni), and their intuition is only there to support them in this lifetime. ISTPs get these feelings that they know they are right about something, even without actually going through the process and reaching the conclusion themselves. It gives them a quick glimpse of the future per se, and when properly developed it can become a very valuable asset in their toolbox. Ti + Se is the main combo for ISTPs, but Ni is the glue that holds everything together. Ni can also help when trying to piece together clues or hints, or interpret the hidden intentions of surrounding people. It can even make ISTPs suspicious of others and even avoidant of social interaction as a whole. Dreaded comfort zones and procrastination are also demons that these people will have no choice but to defeat.

Their inferior function is Extraverted Feeling (Fe), meaning that when it comes to sensing how are others are feeling they often have a tough time. Feelings in general are not the strong point of those with the ISTP personality type. They may even completely dismiss their own feelings and view it as a sign of weakness. As ISTPs develop their Fe they will become more and more comfortable with themselves and their own emotions, as well as become more tolerant of the emotional outbursts of others. Even from a young age Fe will show it’s rear end but it may not be as noticeable as it would be for other types.


The functions:

Dominant function: Introverted Thinking (Ti)

Auxiliary function: Extraverted Sensing (Se)

Tertiary function: Introverted Intuition (Ni)

Inferior function: Extraverted Feeling (Fe)


There aren’t too many ISTP books on amazon but you may want to check out the one below. This book is recommend for those with ISTPs in their lives, as well as for further in depth self-learning for ISTPs themselves.