I really like self-development and enjoy learning things about myself. In each test that I take I get a new layer to understanding my different qualities and who I currently am. I absolutely love to feel empowered each time I learn something new or have an ‘aha’ moment where something now makes sense.
One of the tests that I’ve re-taken lately was Myer Briggs. If you haven’t heard of it or haven’t done it lately I really suggest you to take the test. I’ve provided a free version, similar to Myers Briggs, at the end of this blog. It allows you to learn about yourself and essentially how you think.
The Myers Briggs test, developed by Isabel Briggs-Myers and her mother Katharine Briggs, used the Theory of Psychological Types and created a means that made the information accessible and understandable. Essentially, it showed that what was thought to be random variation in behaviour was actually consistent and orderly, based on how people preferred to perceive and judge things within their world.
There are 16 personalities in total with all qualities being broken down into 4 different sections. Within the four sections there are two options that you could be. For example, after taking the test you would be ABCD. Through the test you answer a series of questions where your choice helps determine which one of the two preferences you would be within each section.
When I went through the Myers Briggs test with an accredited professional we wrote down our answers and got to compare all of the results ourselves. It was really interesting seeing where I fit on the spectrum of each group and how in one of the categories I had ‘0’ points for one option and all of my points were for the one side.
I really enjoy how I’ve also had my partner take the Myer Briggs test and how we both understand each other in a better way now. I’ve been working on understanding how we both think about situations, how to utilise each other’s strengths and recognising the areas we need to work on compromising more since in one section we’re polar opposites. Of course that’s the section the I had ‘0’ points for the one side.
Very briefly, the four sections are as follows:
Introversion (I): Get energy internally and often think and process information before speaking.
Extroversion (E): Get energy externally and often talk about problems and come up with solutions through collaboration.
Sensing (S): Pays more attention to the information that is coming through the five senses. Sensors focus on what’s present, real and tangible.
Intuition (I): Pays more attention to the patterns and possibilities of the information presented.
Thinking (T): Likes to weigh pros and cons and be logical in making decisions.
Feeling (F): Likes to make decisions based on personal values and the implications of the people involved.
Judging (J): Prefers to be organised, orderly and planned.
Perceiving (P): Prefers to be flexible and spontaneous.
There is lots of information online but I did find this free test with great information afterwards as well. Technically it’s called a different name, 16 personalities, but it’s essentially the same theory and outcomes.
Lastly, please keep in mind that when you take the test it does not put you into a box and label you. It’s simply another tool to help you understand yourself better and how you think.
I hope you learn something new about yourself and enjoy the free link below.
By: Cortnie Bornyk