The Meyers Briggs Test; Is this thing legit?

So most people are familiar with, or have at least heard of the Meyers Briggs personality test. But, if you’ve been living under a rock, I’ll give you the rundown of what it is and how it works. The Meyers Briggs test is an in depth test that asks you questions about how you feel about social situations, when and where you feel most comfortable, and how you react to different sets of circumstances. Your results are then compiled into a group of four letters that can give you some insight about who you are as a person. Its like magic right?

So what do these letters mean exactly? Well there are sixteen different ways that these letters can be grouped together, which means there are sixteen distinct personality types. The groups of letters can consist of:

  • E (Extrovert) or I (Introvert)
  • S (Sensing) or N (Intuitive)
  • T (Thinking) or F (Feeling)
  • J (Judging) or P (Percieving)

What each of these mean specifically is probably something I should make a separate post about, because there is A LOT of information.

But anyways, is it legit? Are there really only sixteen personalities that you can be grouped into? The short answer is, I don’t really know. To an extent, I believe this test can give you a lot of insight into who you really are as a person, and why you react to certain stressers in your life. It can be a wonderful tool as a reference to better yourself and find a healthier balance within yourself. With that being said, the results can have an unhealthy impact as well. For people who are having a bit of an identity crisis, I would tread with caution. Although the results of this test can bring great insight and shine a light on who you are, it can also lead to a bit of obsession and stunted growth. To some people, knowing why you react to things in a certain way can cause you to no longer hold yourself accountable for mistakes because its easier to blame it on your personality type. My conclusion is, the test can go either way. The ball is in your court to decide if the test will help or harm you. Take it with a grain of salt, learn a little about yourself, and don’t take the results too seriously if you don’t like your outcome. In the grand scheme of things, you are the master of who you are.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject, so leave a comment down below if you’d like!

3 thoughts on “The Meyers Briggs Test; Is this thing legit?

  1. A mere personality type definition can not completely define someone, but it does ring some truth. Many people who are introduced to MBTI are only familiar with the letters, but really, Jung relies on cognitive functions. These are more detailed and take time to learn (especially after reading stereotypes of the types), and if you really want to learn your type, I suggest you read into it. Here’s a good source to get started:


  2. Pingback: Life of an INFP

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