What is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator?
I’m sure the majority of you already know what the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is and for those who don’t, let me inform you.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a self-report inventory designed to identify the various personality types of people, based on their preferences, strengths and traits. This test was developed by Isabel Briggs Myers and her mother Katherine Cook Briggs based on their work with Carl Jung’s theory of personality types.
These personality types are indicated with the help of combinations of 4 letters. Hence, there are 16 personalities.
Each of the four letters stands for a trait or preference. These letters are:
1. I or E:
Mind: Introversion or Extraversion.
This aspect shows how we interact with our surroundings. An outgoing or extraverted person enjoys being with other people, participating in social gatherings, and is often known to be the life of the party whereas an introverted person focuses more on inner thoughts and tends to be reserved, quiet and introspective. Although, this has nothing to do with shyness or confidence.
So if you’re an extrovert, you’d go out with friends on a Friday night whereas an introvert would rather read a book or watch some T.V. series. Yep, I’m an introvert.
2. S or N:
Energy: Sensing or Intuition.
This focuses on how people invest their energy, how they see the world and how they process information. Sensing refers to paying attention to details and focusing on the actual happenings whereas Intuition means “going with the hunch”, focusing on the bigger picture and believing or understanding something without any actual reasoning process
Individuals with the Intuitive trait prefer to rely on their imagination, ideas and possibilities. In contrast, individuals with the Observant trait focus on the actual world and things happening around them. They enjoy seeing, touching, feeling and experiencing – and leave theories and possibilities to others.
(Source- 16 Personalities)
Observant here refers to sensing.
If your dreams tend to focus on the real world then you, certainly, are observant. However, if dragons and witches pop up in your dreams then Intuition is your way to go.
3. T or F:
Nature: Thinking or Feeling.
The words explain it all. The Nature scale determines how we make decisions and cope with emotions.
People with the Thinking (T) trait seek logic and rational arguments, relying on their head rather than their heart. They do their best to safeguard their emotions, shielding them from the outside world and making sure that they are not clearly visible. In contrast, people with the Feeling (F) trait follow their hearts and emotions and care little about hiding them. From their perspective, we should not be afraid to listen to our innermost feelings and share them with the world – these individuals tend to be compassionate, sensitive and highly emotional.
(Source- 16 personalities)
In a life-changing decision, would you trust your brains and logic to make the right choice or go with what your heart tells you to do?
4. J or P:
Tactics: Judging or Perceiving.
This aspect reflects our approach to work, planning and decision-making.
Judging individuals are decisive, thorough and highly organized. They value clarity, predictability and closure, preferring structure and planning to spontaneity.
Prospecting or perceiving individuals are very good at improvising and spotting opportunities. They tend to be flexible, relaxed nonconformists who prefer keeping their options open.
Click here know more about the Tactics aspect.
Would you rather spend time coming up with an organised set of goals and to-do lists or work while keeping your options open?
If you wish to know more about these traits and aspects, then click here and take this test to know your personality type. So, while I was going through these sites and learning about this questionnaire, I wondered which famous personalities have the same MBTI personality type I do and which fictional characters do I share my personality type with? Lucky you, for I did some research and came up with this:
The 16 Personalities| Who do you share your MBTI personality type with? Part 1/2
1. INTJ- Architect
Also called Strategists, INTJs are imaginative thinkers with a plan for just about everything.
- Elon Musk
- Michelle Obama
- Vladimir Putin
- Gandalf the Grey (The Lord Of The Rings)
- Peter Baelish( Littlefinger) (Game Of Thrones)
- Tywin Lannister (Game Of Thrones)
- Jay Gatsby (The Great Gatsby)
- Severus Snape ( Harry Potter series)
- Thomas (The Maze Runner series)
- Annabeth Chase (Percy Jackson series)
2. INTP- Logician
Logicians pride themselves on their inventiveness and creativity, their unique perspective and profound intellect Making up only about 3% of the population, there’s nothing they’d hate more than being “common”.
- Bill Gates
- Kristen Stewart
- Albert Einstein
- Rene Descartes
- Blaise Pascal
- Isaac Newton
- Aemon Targaryen ( Game Of Thrones)
- Lord Varys ( Game Of Thrones)
- Leslie Winkle (The Big Bang Theory)
3. ENTJ- Commander
Commanders are natural-born leaders. People with this personality emanate confidence and command authority in a way that draws crowds together behind a common goal.
- Steve Jobs
- Gordon Ramsay
- Margaret Thatcher
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Gale Hawthorne(The Hunger Games)
- Johanna Mason(The Hunger Games)
- President Snow(The Hunger Games)
- Miranda Priestly (The Devil Wears Prada)
- Viserys Targaryen( Game Of Thrones)
- Voldemort (Harry potter series)
4. ENTP- Debator
Smart, curious thinkers who understand and “know things” about the world. They are driven by new possibilities and innovation.
- Mark Twain
- Tom Hanks
- Thomas Edison
- Augustus Waters ( The Fault In Our Stars)
- Fred and George Weasley (Harry Potter series)
- Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter series)
- Tyrion Lannister ( Game Of Thrones)
- Irene Adler (Sherlock Holmes)
- The Joker( Batman series)
- Captain Jack Sparrow( Pirates of the Caribbean)
The above 4 personality types come under Analysts and may be similar in some aspects.
5. INFJ- Advocate
Quiet and inspiring, the INFJs are idealists who never give up. Making up about 1% of the popluation, the Advocate personality types are very rare. However, their sense of idealism and morality helps them leave a mark on the world.
- Nelson Mandela
- Martin Luther King
- Mother Teresa
- Jon Snow (Game Of Thrones)
- Aragorn ( The Lord Of The Rings)
- Galadriel( The Lord Of The Rings)
- Rose Bukater ( Titanic)
- Aramis( The Three Musketeers)
6. INFP- Mediator
Mediators would give up a lot to support a good cause. They are kind and generous with a penchant for poetry and the like.
- William Shakespeare
- J.R.R. Tolkien
- Johnny Depp
- Julia Roberts
- Frodo Baggins (The Lord Of The Rings)
- Arwen (The Lord Of The Rings)
- Anne (Anne Of The Green Gables)
- Lucy Pevensie (The Chronicles Of Narnia)
- Nico di Angelo (Percy Jackson series)
7. ENFJ- Protagonist
People with this personality are able leaders who embody charisma. They are motivational speakers who never fail to inspire and mesmerize their listeners.
- Barrack Obama
- Oprah Winfrey
- Jennifer Lawrence
- Demi Lovato
- Daenerys Targaryen (Game Of Thrones)
- Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)
8. ENFP- Campaigner
Those friends of yours who are always enthusiastic and socialize quite well at parties are probably Campaigners. These free spirits never fail to have fun and easily find a way to smile even in dark times.
- Robert Downey Jr.
- Jennifer Aniston
- Ellen DeGeneres
- Daniel Radcliffe
- Phil Dunphy (Modern Family)
- Peeta Mellark (The Hunger Games)
- Willy Wonka (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
The above 4 personality types come under Diplomats and may be similar in some aspects.
Well, those were the Analysts and Diplomats. Stay tuned to know more about the other 8 personality types (Of the groups: Sentinels and Explorers) which will be featured in my next post.
For most of the content of this post, I referred to 16 Personalities, a very helpful and navigable site which explains each personality type in great detail. Yes, there are other sites as well but I find this one the most accurate. However, do keep in mind that not all of your traits will always match with your personality type. And one personality type may have more than a single name so while searching them up, don’t get confused like me!
Some of the fictional characters that I’ve mentioned here show signs that others of their MBTI type don’t. Some people would debate whether Daenerys is an Introvert or Extravert while others wouldn’t agree with Gandalf being an INTJ. But whatever be the case, I promise you, I tried to be as accurate as I could. However, do share with me which characters, you think, belong to some other personality type. And do share your personality type in the comments below.
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Thanks for reading!