So, in my last post, we discussed whether the Meyers Briggs test is legitimate, or if it’s bogus. The results were inconclusive, but if you’d like, you can take a look and decide for yourself here. Now that we have an idea of what this test is, and how it works, I’m going to dive a little deeper and tell you what these results actually mean. Keep in mind that this is how I interpret the information that I’ve researched, and I welcome people who may have differing opinions to sound off in the comments.
Alright, so the first letter can either be an E (Extrovert), or an I (Introvert). Extroversion is exactly what it sounds like. It’s drawing energy from external sources in social situations. People who are extroverted tend to feel stimulated from social interaction and tend to feel excited to engage. On the other hand, Introversion can cause someone to become drained from social interaction, and it is common for introverts to “recharge” by being alone. Introverts can still feel engaged and social; however, they can only sustain that engagement for a certain amount of time before becoming exhausted.
The second letter is either an N (Intuitive) or an S (Sensing). Intuitive people tend to go with their instincts or their “gut feeling.” People who are more intuitive also tend to be more independent in their thought patterns and find it harder to depend on evidence in their decision making. If something doesn’t “feel” right, intuitives have a harder time believing things even if there is evidence to back it up. Intuitives also tend to have more abstract and imaginative ideas. People who are sensing tend to be more grounded and concrete thinkers. They are very logical and base their ideas on solid evidence. Sensors also tend to trust what is certain and tend to reject ideas if there isn’t a practical way to execute. They tend to always be in the “here and now” and are typically very aware of their surroundings.
Next, are the letters T (Thinking) and F (Feeling). Thinkers tend to be very logical and weigh the pros and cons to every situation. They value being truthful and straightforward and tend to be realists. Thinkers can be very commonly mistaken for being cold or uncaring, but in reality, they value being fair and unbiased without letting their feelings cloud their judgment. Feelers tend to value harmony over everything else when making decisions. They try to look for tactful ways of communicating, however, this can hinder their ability to be transparent and truthful. People who are feeling are often referred to as being idealistic and crave happiness from all sides. They also tend to be very sensitive and can commonly have a hard time rationalizing their emotions.
The final letters are P (Perceiving) and J (Judging). These letters are an indicator of how you interact with the world around you. People who perceive tend to be more spontaneous and prefer keeping their options open. They grow bored with routines and have a tendency to start projects that never seem to get finished. Although they are carefree and are good at adapting to change, they can quite often be disorganized and lacking in structure. On the other hand, people who judge crave structure and prefer to have a plan for nearly everything in life. These people tend to be very responsible and follow through with projects once they start them. They can also accomplish tasks very quickly and efficiently. Their sequential way of thinking can make it difficult for Judgers to adapt to change, but it also enables them to have a methodical and organized approach to life.
I’d love to hear your interpretation of the letters in the comments below! Also, if you’d like some reading material on this subject, check out Type Talk: The 16 Personality Types That Determine How We Live, Love, and Work