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MBTI: Know thyself

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An interesting FREE PERSONALITY TEST website available in multiple languages, except the detailed results in English only), I (re)discovered the famous MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator), based on Carl G. Jung‘s book Psychological Types.

The MBTI is an introspective self-report questionnaire indicating differing psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions.

There are 16 main personality types, in 4 roles: Analysts (Architect, Logician, Commander, Debater), Diplomats (Advocate, Mediator, Protagonist, Campaigner), Sentinels (Logistician, Defender, Executive, Consul) and Explorers (Virtuoso, Adventurer, Entrepreneur, Entertainer).

The categories tested are Introversion or Extraversion, Sensing or Intuition, Thinking or Feeling, Judging or Perceiving.

Had already used the MBTI test multiple times (e.g., as part of my Executive MBA), but had totally forgotten the results. I’m then unable to remember if I got the same type the last time(s) I did it. Don’t know then if I’ve changed overtime or not…

MBTI - Fail or Succeed

Well, after testing myself again, I’m defined as Turbulent Mediator or INFP-T and Diplomat as a role (and it’s the same result I got a few years ago) 😉

« Mediators are poetic, kind and altruistic people, always eager to help a good cause. » 

The Gift of Empathy

Mediators share a sincere curiosity about the depths of human nature. Introspective to the core, they’re exquisitely attuned to their own thoughts and feelings, but they yearn to understand the people around them as well. Mediators are compassionate and nonjudgmental, always willing to hear another person’s story. When someone opens up to them or turns to them for comfort, they feel honored to listen and be of help.

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Like flowers in the spring, Mediators’ creativity and idealism can bloom even after the darkest of seasons. Although they know the world will never be perfect, Mediators still care about making it better however they can. This quiet belief in doing the right thing may explain why these personalities so often inspire compassion, kindness, and beauty wherever they go.

68% of Turbulent Mediators say they see many of their mistakes as failures…

Do the test for yourself (it’s easy and quick at the link above) and comment below with your type, if you’d like. There are some detailed information at the end of the test (in English) or you can check more info on the MBTI on Wikipedia, including its controversial nature (« pseudoscience »)…

Just like reading your horoscope (like the Chinese one), it’s always fun to look to one’s personality through a different lense.

Have fun discovering more of your personality!

PS: there’s an other theory known as the Big Five personality traits, that is based on identifying 5 factors:

  • extraversion (outgoing/energetic vs. solitary/reserved)
  • agreeableness (friendly/compassionate vs. critical/rational)
  • openness to experience (inventive/curious vs. consistent/cautious)
  • conscientiousness (efficient/organized vs. extravagant/careless)
  • neuroticism (sensitive/nervous vs. resilient/confident)

But it is already evolving into the HEXACO model of personality structure, with six dimensions: Honesty-Humility (H), Emotionality (E), Extraversion (X), Agreeableness (A), Conscientiousness (C), and Openness to Experience (O).

The desire of researchers to assess personality is still a work in progress…

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”

– Carl Jung

Une réponse sur « MBTI: Know thyself »

INFPs are driven by a strong sense of right and wrong and a desire to exercise their creativity, even if only behind the scenes. Their weaknesses may include sensitivity to criticism, poor organization, and low assertiveness. Keirsey referred to the INFPs as Healers, one of the four types belonging to the temperament he called the Idealists. INFPs are one of the rarest types, accounting for about 4% of the population.

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