Everyone who knows me personally and reads this blog is probably laughing to themselves, because to know me is to know how much I LOVE Myers Briggs. Like, I’m obsessed with it. OBSESSED. In my opinion, Myers Briggs is the best thing that has ever existed. Aside from coffee. Coffee is better.
If you’re unfamiliar with Myers Briggs, first of all: WHAT?! Where have you been? Second of all, Myers Briggs is a self-reporting questionnaire used to determine individual personality types and psychological orientations. Basically it’s this amazing test you can take that will tell you all about yourself, except it’s not weird voodoo magic stuff because it’s based on numerous psychological studies and is super legit and awesome.
According to the Myers Briggs website, after taking the test you’ll be assigned four letters that will tell you more about yourself:
- Extroversion (E) or Introversion (I): Do you get energy from being around people or from being alone?
- Sensing (S) or Intuition (N): Do you prefer to focus on the basic information you take in or do you prefer to interpret and add meaning?
- Thinking (T) or Feeling (F): When making decisions, do you prefer to first look at logic and consistency or first look at the people and special circumstances?
- Judging (J) or Perceiving (P): In dealing with the outside world, do you prefer to get things decided or do you prefer to stay open to new information and options?
The reason I love Myers Briggs is because it can be a window into a person’s values and preferences. I will be the first to admit that Myers Briggs is not perfect, but it has helped me both understand myself and the people around me better.
And to me, getting to know myself and others is massively crucial to having a full existence. Not only can I flesh out why I value certain aspects of life, such as new experiences and my social circle, but I can also better relate to others when I know what they value. For example, as someone who has always been pegged an ENFP by the test, I know that I love spontaneity and rarely keep a set schedule, while a close friend of mine who is an INTJ prefers when I keep our plans constant and avoid changing things up on her at the last second. In order to honor her and our relationship, I understand that I shouldn’t alter our original plans two hours before we are supposed to hang out if I want her to feel loved!
The moral of the story: because of Myers Briggs, I am able to love myself and those around me better, and my personal understanding, social relationships, and overall life experience flourish as a result.
In the words of one of the founders of Myers Briggs herself:
What’s your Myers Briggs type? If you’re not sure what you are, take the test here! (And please share what you got in the comments – I’m always curious to hear other people’s results!)