This personality type test reveals your personality type based on the Carl Jung's system of personality types and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Read below the form about the proposed model and what it offers.

Please click to select one list that best applies to you, from each of the four sections below:

E vs. I

S vs. N

T vs. F

J vs. P

How does this personality type test work?

This is a quick form to get complete that will provide you with a fast interpretation of your personality type in the Myers-Briggs Type model.

You will be asked to go through 4 tabs in which you have to choose from two lists of characteristics. You will need to choose the list that suits you best and then move on to the next tab until the end.

The result will give you the four letters that are characteristic to you but also a short interpretation of what they mean. You are advised not to think everything through and simply go with your first choices as they seem to reveal more about your personality.

Example of a personality result

You are an ENTP

(extravert, intuitive, thinker, perceiver)

An ENTP is an intellectual, originator with an enthusiastic interest in everything, creative, resourceful, enjoys working on new ideas and projects with other people and finds that stimulating. Is quick, ingenious, never refuses a challenging problem, outspoken and great at applying logic.

Personality type

Describes the psychological classification of the individuals in different typologies. This increases the knowledge on human behavior.

There is an extensive literature on the various types of human temperament that tries to describe the wide variety of normal temperaments and the predominant features.

Personality types are said to involve qualitative differences between people while traits are constructed on quantitative differences.

The comparison between a type measurement instrument (the MBTI) and a trait instrument (the NEO PI) revealed that the trait measure is a better predictor for personality disorders. Most researchers now believe that trait study offers a more accurate description of one's temperament than type study.

Type theories:

One of the earliest type theories was the Four Temperament system of Galen, based on the four humors model of Hippocrates.

There are many other theories on human temperaments but one of the most influential has been the Jung Type Theory. It was first published in 1921 in the book Psychological Types and since then represented a base for other typology assessments such as the Keirsey Temperament Sorter.

Jung explained himself later: "I came across the problem of types; for it is one's psychological type which from the outset determines and limits a person's judgment."

The theory categorizes people into 4 primary types of psychological function based on the existence of two dichotomous pairs of cognitive functions that fulfill the psyche's adaptation and orientation roles:

■ The Rational (Judging) functions: Thinking and Feeling;

■ The Irrational (Perceiving) functions: Sensing and Intuition.

Afterwards Jung suggested that these functions are expressed in either an extraverted or introverted form. The preference for extraversion or introversion is often called attitude.

Each of the cognitive functions can operate in the external world (behavior, action) or the internal world (ideas, reflections) so there are eight functions: Extraverted sensation, Introverted sensation, Extraverted intuition, Introverted intuition, Extraverted thinking, Introverted thinking, Extraverted feeling and Introverted feeling.

In every person the degree of extraversion or introversion of a function can differ from the degree of the other three. All four functions are used alternatively depending on the circumstances.

However, according to Jung, one of the four functions is used more dominantly, in a more proficient way. This dominant function is supported by other two auxiliary functions and the fourth function is the least conscious and the opposite of the dominant one.

Jung's typological model compares belonging to one psychological type to the left or right handedness as individuals are either born with, or develop certain ways of acting and thinking.

A brief history of personality tests

Personality tests are standardized instruments designed to show aspects of an individual's character. In the 18th century, personality was assessed through phrenology (the measurement of the human skull) and physiognomy (outer appearance of a person).

The first personality tests were developed in 1920 with the intention to ease the recruitment in armed forces, for example the Woolworth Personality Data Sheet, a self report inventory developed for the screening of new draftees in World War I.

Most personality tests involve that test takers respond to questions by choosing an answer or by rating the degree in which the statement applies to themselves.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

The MBTI is a psychometric test designed to measure psychological preferences in how people behave. The preferences are based on the typological theories proposed by Jung. The developers of the assessment: Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers began creating the indicator during World War II and published it in 1962.

The MBTI establishes four dichotomies with a resulting of 16 possible psychological types referred to by an abbreviation of four letters. These letters each represent the abbreviation of the type preference:

■ Extraversion (E) - Introversion (I);

■ Sensing (S) - Intuition (N);

■ Thinking (T) - Feeling (F);

■ Judging (J) - Perception (P).

Extroverts receive great stimulation from outward events, enjoy the company of people and like to show their feelings. Introverts prefer to reflect, self examine and work by themselves.

Sensing people are more likely to focus on details, facts and use their five physical senses to interpret the world. Intuitive people rely on their instincts, imagination and usually get the main idea while missing some of the details.

By thinking and feeling we make decisions, thinkers use logic and objective criteria while feeling people use subjective ideas.

Judging people prefer structure and are always committed to a purpose.

Perceiving people are more relaxed, enjoy exploring and react open to change.

What Myers and Briggs added to the Jung theory is their concept that the forth letter, J or P indicates a person's dominant extraverted function or the auxiliary function for the introverted types.

Therefore the Myers Briggs Personality inventory has the following results: ESTJ, ESTP, ESFJ, ESFP, ENTJ, ENTP, ENFJ, ENFP, ISTJ, ISTP, ISFJ, ISFP, INTJ, INTP, INFP and INFJ.

The indicator has been used in areas such as career and marriage counseling, team building, group dynamics, marketing, personal development and many others.

17 Dec, 2014