The "Myers Briggs type indicator" (or MBTI) is the most widely used psychological test in the world. It allows you to rank among 16 personality types, and can help orient yourself or improve your relationships with others.
This test, developed by an American (Isabelle Briggs-Myers) from the work of the famous psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung, is both very serious and very simple. Just identify what is most spontaneous for you in the following 4 "mental processes":
Where do you get your energy from: your inner universe (introversion "I"), or from the outer environment (extraversion "E")?
How do you collect information: through your 5 senses (the "S" sensation), or by trusting your "6th sense" (the "N" intuition)?
What drives your decision: logical reasoning (the thought / think or "T"), or your values (sentiment / feel or "F")?
How do you get into action: by making plans (judgment "J"), or adapting to circumstances (perception "P")?
Your answers can be summed up in 4 letters which, put end to end, constitute your MBTI type: INFP, or ESTJ, or INTJ, etc. There are 16 possible outcomes and each one corresponds to a personality type. Want to find out yours?
The introvert (I) is not a "stuck" person! But he thinks calmly before he acts, and does not fear loneliness. On the contrary, he defends his independence and observes a lot before committing himself. At the end of a bad day, he likes to stay calm with himself to recharge his batteries.
On the contrary, the extrovert (E) needs to pick up his phone and tell about his misfortunes in order to feel better. He is quicker towards others, enjoys bonding and belonging to a group. He speaks readily and expresses himself spontaneously on a variety of subjects.
So, are you more of an “I” (introvert) or “E” (extrovert)?
Note: no answer is "better" than another, because each character has its richness. The purpose of the test is not to rank or select you. So, answer sincerely!
The sensitive (S) believes what he sees. Attentive to concrete facts, to reality that he can touch, see, taste, he is adept at carpe diem: he takes advantage of the present moment. Methodical, he has an eye for detail and proceeds step by step: he scrupulously reads the instructions for use of the latest high-tech gadget that has just been offered to him.
The intuitive (N), on the other hand, has a tendency to "guess" situations, to follow his instincts and to plan on high. No time to read the manual, he has too many projects in mind. He is more interested in ideas and big syntheses than in details and precise facts. He likes all that is new and original, while the sensitive appreciates more what is practical and proven.
Are you more "S" (sensitive) or "N" (intuitive)?
The thinker (T) often plays devil's advocate because he loves to argue and dissect ideas. Rather calm, he seeks logic in everything and speaks directly: almost any truth is good to say. Whatever the situation, he wants justice to be done objectively. To make a decision, he weighs the pros and cons and keeps a cool head.
The sentimental (F), on the other hand, gives priority to the human, to the heart. More subjective in his decisions, he is first of all in search of harmony. Diplomat and sensitive, he notices people's qualities and compliments them without hesitation. But he is also easily annoyed!
Rather T (thinker) or F (sentimental)?
The judge ("J") loves to follow his course of action. Rest comes after work and is the reward. Punctual, he likes to live in a defined setting. For example, he or she likes to prepare his or her vacation in advance. He doesn't like procrastination: decisions have to be made!
The perceptual ("P") adapts to situations flexibly. He has a tendency to put off work, and has difficulty engaging. The holidays are coming? "We will improvise, long live freedom!", He thinks.
Rather "J" or rather "P"?
Your MBTI profile can therefore be summed up in 4 letters: INTP or ESFP, etc. But behind these four letters, there is a type of personality, which cannot be reduced to a label:
It is first and foremost an indicator that helps you get to know yourself better. It helps you understand how you function: in your relationships with others, when you take up a job or when you have a task to accomplish. Please note: it is only valid from the age of 16, the age at which the personality really emerges.
Can the results help to orient oneself in one's studies and to find one's way? Yes and no: your MBTI type helps you to identify several important traits of your character. However, certain professions or functions can allow them to flourish more than others. For example, if you have the ENFJ profile (extrovert, intuitive, sentimental and judge), it is better to choose relationship professions that allow you to communicate with others. But this can lead to a multitude of very different professions: in education, health, human resources ...
The MBTI test cannot therefore be sufficient. To choose your professional path, you will also have to take into account your student profile, your form of intelligence, your skills (scientific or literary), etc. It can, however, prevent you from orientation errors: do not choose a commercial function if you are an introvert.
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The MBTI test can also help you improve your relationships with those close to you. You are perceptive (P), you always jump into action without a net, you are the king of improvisation ... and that can hurt those who live with you. The good news is that you can work on your weak points: learning to anticipate for example, or to reach out to others if you are an introvert. The MBTI indicator can then be a great tool for personal development to balance your personality.