The Importance Of The Myers-Briggs Personality Test

1177 Words5 Pages
This weekend, I decided to amuse myself and take the Myers-Briggs personality test. Rooted in Jungian psychological theory and developed by Isabel Briggs Myers, the exam seeks to find consistency and order in seemingly random human human behavior through a four part personality dichotomy. These dichotomies stem from the fundamental differences in how individuals perceive and interact the world around them as well as their “inner self,” thus corresponding to variations in passions, values, ideologies, inspirational sources, and skills. The first division relates to our attitudes towards the inner and outer world as well as the source of their energy, with the two options being extraverted (outgoing, outspoken) or introverted (appreciates solitude, needs “me time” to re-charge). Next, one decides how they process information, which can either be through concrete data, sensory information, and past experiences (Sensing) or through interpreting patterns, testing theories, and relying on gut instinct (Intuition). Thirdly, we have our decision-making differences: If one tends to use logic and empirical facts consistently, they lay on the Thinking end. If one tends to use more compassion and diplomacy, however, they are Feelers. Finally, people differ in how they structure their outer worlds. People who spend more time on planning their days are Judgers while those who prefer a “go-with-a-flow” mindset that allows for flexibility and spontaneity are Perceivers. Together, the above eight qualities create 16 distinctive personalities that categorize human behavior. With this information in mind, I set forward in taking the test, a questionnaire containing 20 hypothetical scenario questions that each pertain to one dichotomy. I ended up re... ... middle of paper ... ...tuning in order to help us adapt to our many social settings. Do people with personality ENTJ automatically go to ENTJ-type jobs, or could it be that people who find themselves in ENTJ-type jobs develop ENTJ-type characteristics that were initially dormant or unexpressed based on the demands on such work? Perhaps, their personalities developed independently of their workplace altogether through interpersonal relationships. Who knows? On a more philosophical note, I see the personality test as a sign of hubris. If we go with the idea that the human self is as enigmatic as we purport it to be, because of our ability to think rationally and abstractly compared to “lower beings,” who are we to think that we can somehow find patterns in the untangled, to truly understand something that’s not meant to be analyzed, but rather appreciated for all its beautiful intricacies?
Open Document