How to Understand Your Personality Type

How to Understand Your Personality Type
How to Understand Your Personality Type

Our personalities make us who we are. They shape the way we interact with other people, and they dictate how we react to and perceive new information. But do you know how to describe your personality type? And do you know how your colleagues and friends interpret new information?

According to a “personality inventory” developed by psychologists in the mid 1900’s, everyone falls into one of 16 unique typologies. These 16 personality types, called Myers-Briggs Personality Types, are represented by four-letter acronyms. If you know which acronym identifies you (and why), it’s a lot easier to spot potential conflicts with others and take care of your own emotional needs. But before you take a free quiz online, let’s learn a little more about the four letters that make up each personality type.

I or E: Introversion or Extroversion

The first letter of each Myers-Briggs personality type is “I” or “E”. If you thrive in social situations and need regular human interaction to maintain your energy levels, your personality type probably starts with “E”. If you need time to “recharge” in private after social outings, you may be an “I” type. This part of your personality actually has nothing to do with how outgoing you are; it’s all about your energy levels, and whether you gain or lose stamina around other people.

N or S: Intuition or Sensing

When you learn something new, do you form an opinion and apply the information to new situations? Or do you take it at face value, using your senses without applying extra interpretation? The second letter of your Myers-Briggs personality type corresponds to the way you process new information.

T or F: Thinking or Feeling

The third letter has to do with decision-making. Whether you’re picking a menu item or a career path, your personality type will most likely lead you toward logic or emotion. If you look at the facts instead of weighing other people’s feelings, you may identify as a “T” personality type. If you consider special circumstances and weigh the emotional impact of each decision, you probably have an “F” in your personality type.

J or P: Judging or Perceiving

Finally, the last letter of each Myers-Briggs personality type is “J” or “P”. If you stay open to new information and consider other possibilities, you may be a “P” type, such as an INFP or ESTP. If you prefer structure and facts, your personality type might end with the letter “J”.

So, what do you think your personality type is? Take a free online quiz to see if your guess is accurate. Everyone perceives the world a little differently, and it’s easier to relate to each other (and take care of your own emotional needs) when you understand these key differences.

*The real Meyers-Briggs personality test is not free, but the 16 Personalities test is a free test that shows nearly the same results. Take either of these tests today to see what type of personality you have!

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