The Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator

There’s always some kind of trend in terms of personality. In the nineteenth century there was Phrenology, the pseudoscience that the bumps on your head indicated what kind of personality you had. In the seventies, biorhythms would use mathematical cycles to predict various aspects of your life. (There were actual functions included on calculators to find out what your biorhythms were! Imagine playing around with in math class.)  Your Hogwarts House is always a fun little piece of trivia to throw around, (for the record, I am totally a Slytherin), and who doesn’t have that friend who won’t stop talking about what they’re horoscope said that day? We’ve got the four temperaments, moral alignments, Chinese zodiac, Celtic tree astrology, the list goes on and on.

The personality type trend that I caught onto was one that happened around last year. This was for the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator. The Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator is described on Wikipedia as, “….an introspective self-report questionnaire designed to indicate psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions.” Basically, Meyers-Briggs reflects your cognitive, or thinking, process.

In total, there are sixteen types. Each type consists of four components, whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, a sensor or intuitive, a thinker or a feeler, and a judger or a perceiver. Each type consists of four letters based off of these components. For example, an ESFP is an extrovert, sensor, feeler, and perceiver, while an INTJ (my personality type) is an introvert, intuitive, thinker, and judger. Use the chart below to figure out your own type!

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Personality types are always fun, especially ones as thorough as the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator, but keep in mind at the end of the day personality types really say nothing meaningful about yourself. The only way to truly understand yourself is to not look towards outside information, but inwards at yourself.

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