by Cory Caplinger
The Myers-Briggs system measures people in four areas...subdivided by two functions
|Relating to Others||Information Taking||Decision Making||Life Order|
|Extraversion (E)||Sensing (S)||Thinking (T)||Judging (J)|
|Introversion (I)||iNtuition (N)||Feeling (F)||Perceiving (P)|
Extraversion? Perceiving? What do these words mean? Read the following lists and compare each function to each other.
|Energized by action, people, things||Energized by ideas, feelings, impressions|
|Speak before they think||Think before they speak|
|Share personal information easily||Reluctant to share personal information|
|Prefer to be in the company of others||Prefer to be left alone|
|Distracted easily||Can concentrate well|
|Have a lot of friends||Small, close group of friends|
|Like working in teams||Would rather work alone|
|Approachable, open with strangers||Stand off-ish, keeps to themselves|
|Like meeting new people||Prefer a small group of people they already know|
|Develop ideas through discussion||Ideas come from thinking alone|
|Manager, salesperson, customer service rep.||Librarian, mechanic, legal secretary|
|Party animal, social butterfly||Wallflower|
Are you an Extravert or an Introvert? Examine your day, your past week, your life. Does it feel more like "you" when you are interacting, communicating, experiencing (Extravert)? Or are you more of yourself when alone thinking, reflecting, doing a hobby, etc (Introvert)?
|Focused on the physical world||Focused on the mental or spiritual world|
|Live by their five senses||Use a "sixth sense", "hunch", and "gut feeling"|
|Interested in "what is"||Interested in "what can be"|
|Understands details, particulars||Understands meaning, generalities|
|Only see the obvious||Look beyond the surface|
|Down to earth||Head in clouds, deep|
|Use words literally||Use metaphors, analogies, hidden meanings|
|Live in the present||Live in the future|
|Needs evidence and facts||Speculative and theoretical|
|Traditional and simple||Original and complex|
|Banker, police, athlete, surgeon, pilot, cashier||Artist, scientist, poet, mystic, social reformer, philosopher|
|Sees the trees instead of forest||Sees the forest instead of trees|
Are you a Sensor or an iNtuitive? Is your day mostly spent attending to reality, and understanding the facts (Sensor)? Or do you usually dream, theorize, compose, see symbolism, and walk the inner mind landscape (iNtuitive)?
|Value truth||Value harmony|
|Use logic in making decisions||Use personal feelings in making decisions|
|Notice wrong reasoning||Notice when people need support|
|Driven by their rational mind||Live by their passionate heart|
|Honest in speaking their mind||Will hide the truth so the other person won't be hurt|
|Firm with people||Gentle with people|
|Uses justice in dealing with others||Uses mercy with others|
|Can be labeled "cold, hard, heartless"||Labeled "bleeding heart, softy, weak"|
|Impersonal with others||Take things personally|
|Prefers a logical, impersonal atmosphere||Prefers a warm, friendly atmosphere|
|Engineer, scientist, manager, computer programmer||Therapist, nurse, teacher, artist, clergy|
|Uses feelings to serve their logic||Uses logic to serve their feelings|
Are you a Thinker or a Feeler? Are you objective, impersonal, interested in goals and ideas (Thinker)? Or are you more friendly, personal, interested in others, and are comfortable with deep emotions (Feeler)?
|Decisive, and makes decisions quickly||Adapts to situations, and gathers more information before deciding|
|Makes life firm and controlled||Makes life flexible and relaxed|
|Easier to finish projects||Prefers to start projects|
|More serious||More carefree|
|Routinized and predictable||Spontaneous and unpredictable|
|Uses schedules and timetables as a guide||Does whatever comes up|
|Dislikes suprises and needs advanced warnings||Enjoys surprises and spontaneous happenings|
|Needs issues settled||Doesn't like anything unalteratable|
|Can be too close-minded||Can be too open-minded and fickle|
|Gets things done as soon as possible||Procrastinates|
|Can be overly responsible||Can be irresponsible|
|"Goes down with the ship"||"Changes horses in midstream"|
Are you a Judger or a Perceiver? Are you an organized, work-comes-first, decisive person (Judger)? Or are you an adaptable, spontaneous person who prefers to explore the possibilities (Perceiver)? Please note that Judger does not mean "judgemental", as some people have thought.
Now you can begin to find out your type! If you are an Extravert, put down E. If you are an Introvert, put down I. Next to that letter, put down S for Sensor, and N for iNtuitive. After that, put a T for Thinking or F for Feeling. Finally, a J for Judging and a P for Perceiving. You should have 4 letters that look like ESTJ, INFP, ENTP, ISFJ, etc. Remember this 4 letter code. You can now go to the type descriptions and read the description for your type. If it doesn't sound much like you, go back here and see which letter might be wrong. Some people are in between, like both Extravert and Introvert. That is perfectly fine, but choose which letter is mostly like you, even if it's very slight.
If you know your enneagram type, you can help verify your Myers-Briggs type by viewing the type correlations and see if yours is a likely candidate for your enneagram type.
If you are still unsure, or want to be on the safe side, take some tests provided by other great sites!
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