Myers Briggs Type Tests Explanation
By, Adrian Cahill,
Myers Briggs Type Tests are based around the four basic Meta-Programs or Myers-Briggs Type Indicators. Looking deeper into this can be a really valuable exercise.
Meta-Programs or the Myers-Briggs Type Indicators have their origin from Carl Jung’s 1923 concepts and are characterized by unseen patterns that drive our behaviors. Myers Briggs Type Tests, therefore, help us in conducting personality assessment or questioning. As a result, we are able to understand behavioral differences among people. An understanding of the basics of people’s personality is important in their happiness and personal development. It is in fact, the genesis of a successful and awesome life. This post provides an insight into the four basic meta-programs.
At the end of the article you should be able to have an understanding of the four basic Meta Programs. Understanding this can allow you to comprehend what opportunities or projects align more with your natural characteristics. It can also provide you with some reasoning as to why some things are just a constant headache or struggle. This can also help you in your relationships and understanding of others.
This is of particular interest for anyone creating or a member of Master Minds, Inner Circles, Wealth Creation Teams, Community or Social groups.
Everyone is different; it would be boring if we were all the same.
Myers Briggs Type Tests Full Explanation
Introvert / Extrovert
- When it’s time to recharge your batteries, do you prefer to be alone or with people?
2. Something is really bugging your or perhaps someone has annoyed you, do you prefer to be alone, and with your thoughts or do you prefer to be with people and talking about it?
3. Do you seem to have few friends and look for deeper relationships with them or many friends but not necessarily having deep relationships with them?
4. Are you more of a self sufficient person or a happy go lucky person?
Introverts tend to relate to the first answer of the questions. For instance, they tend to recharge batteries by themselves. This means that introverted people prefer the internal world of thoughts and ideas over the external world of people and things. In most cases, their external behaviors are represented by introvert qualities.
This group of people also favors a few friends. Nonetheless, their friendship is cemented on strong and deeper relations. Before acting, introverts try to look for causes and solutions within themselves; they are, in most cases, self-sufficient. In summary, introverts are quite, reflective and direct their energy on their mental (inner) world.
They derive their careers from technical jobs and specific trades. For that reason, mathematician, farmers, technical jobs, scientific jobs, engineers, dentists, artiste, and probably carpenter, plumbers make good introverts.
Extroverts tend to relate to the second answers of those questions. They tend to be with people while recharging their batteries. Getting energy from others. Extroverts are, hence, outspoken, outgoing and curious. They prefer the outer world of people and things rather than the internal world of thoughts and ideas. This makes them very sociable. They also tend to have many friends without necessarily having personal relationships with them. They tend to use people to resolve problems. In view of that, extroverts talk about their problems openly.
They tend to prefer jobs like sales, sales people, personal directors, public assistants, social workers. You will also find them in jobs involving lots of people like teaching, politics, TV anchors and careers in movies.
That’s the introvert extrovert filter. You should put an I for introvert and E for extrovert depending on your trait.
Intuitor / Sensor
1. If you study a certain subject, would you be more interested solely in a facts and their application for now or would you be more interested in the ideas and relationships between the facts and their application for future?
The first part is of the question is being interested in the facts and their application for now. On the other hand, the second part is interested in the ideas and relationships between the facts and how they affect the future. Intuitors are more aligns with ideas and relationships, Sensors are more aligned with facts and now.
2. When reading, what do you tend to read for? Information and facts or pleasure?
Intuitors tend to read more for pleasure, Sensors more for information.
Intuitors prefers to perceive the possibilities, relationships and the meaning of their experiences. Therefore, Intuitors are attracted by ideas more than facts and are more imaginative and less practical. They are more interested in the abstract picture.
Sometimes, they skip major steps and detail in a process while trying to achieve something. In this regard, they may overlook current data or miss the current situation in the process of fulfilling a higher purpose. Intuitors, hence, gather information deductively. In other words, they begin with the big picture and construct details later, if they have to.
Moreover, they have a positive attitude towards change, like new possibilities, are tolerant to complexity and read for pleasure. Intuition is simply the ability to move up in levels of abstractions of thinking. This means finding relationships and ideas at higher level of abstraction and moving back down specifically and relating that to the current situation. The meaning of this can be explained in the analogy below: Its 4 P.m, there’s a home and there’s a dog. The dog thinks “hey my owner seems to come back in the afternoon”. This dog sees the abstract pictures that most afternoons the owners come back around this time. Thus, the dog gets up and goes to the door. Sure enough, ten minutes later, the owner comes home. So the intuition is thinking more of the purpose; where is this coming from, making relationships and then coming back down and using it in current sense.
Intuitors tend to prefer jobs like research, research scientist, psychologist, chemist, artiste, architects, mathematicians, musicians and physicist. It is worth mentioning that Intuitors represent the dreams of visionaries, a dream of what the world would be in the future. Steve Jobs is one of the biggest Intuitors of the 21st century.
Sensors are concerned more by concrete information and facts than ideas, they like details. This group forms the bulk of the population and prefers to perceive the immediate real and practical facts. They are into the immediate facts and experiences. In fact, the sensor is so much into the sense of ‘what’s going on right now’ that they often get stuck in it. In addition, they like order and generate rules on how their tasks must be undertaken.
Interestingly, sensors adapt current activities to solve emerging issues rather than come up with something new. Moreover, they read and study for information and facts. They are also quick decision makers, are able to respond to ongoing events and are often energetic and active. Careers in business, production, biological science, office management, police work, veterinary science, sales, technology, and banking are often preferred by sensors. Warren Buffet and Donald Trump are some of the big sensory of the 21st century as they are really into figures, facts and the current situation.
You should now be able to put an N for intuition or intuitive and S for the sensory depending on your preferred indicator.
Thinker / Feeler
1. Which statement describes you best? You think first, then act or act first, then think?
2. Do you rely most on personal reason / logic or, personal values / feelings when making a decision?
3. When deciding to buy a specific item, what would most likely convince you to buy it? The figure and the logic behind the item (You think the item is durable!) or the feelings you have towards the item?
4. When someone asks, “Can you remember the last time you were happy?” What’s the first thing you’ll do? Think about the answer to the question so that you can react accordingly or go straight to the last memory of you being happy and feel it?
Thinkers think first, use reason and logic. Feelers tend to act first, then think. They use values and gut instincts over logic.
Thinkers, when given a problem, think about the solution. Thinkers find it easier to think about the situation. Feelers, on the other hand, go straight into their feelings or instinct. Feelers use their body and mind. For instance, when buying a buy a car, thinkers look more at the figures and the logic behind their decision while feelers concentrate more on personal values like preferred colors. Thinkers, thus, use reason and logical facts and figures whilst feelers use personal values.
Thinkers tend to prefer jobs like law, politics, mechanical jobs, physical and biological sciences, medicine, business, dentist and technology. Feelers, alternatively, tend to be more social, more religious, are into nurturing and affiliating, have more free floating anxiety and are more tender-minded. They, hence, tend to prefer jobs like social services, customer relationships, teaching, nursery, ministry and counseling.
Please record a T for thinkers or a F for feelers depending on what you feel is your strongest trait.
Judger / Perciever
1. If you are going to do a certain project, do you prefer it to be outlined, planned and orderly or flexible?
2. Are you more schedule-oriented rather than being spontaneous with your activities?
3. When working on something, do you prefer to stick-to-the-plan or be open to changes?
Judgers prefers structure, an outlined plan. Order and focus. A Judger will also give a list of chronological events that lead to the purchase of something. In accordance with above explanations, a Judgeralways uses plans and lists of how things should be done. A Judgeralso tends to be more decisive, has occasional interest and is quick at decision making. In addition, he likes schedules and is orderly.
Therefore, a Judger believes everything must be approached in the right manner. You will find Judgers in business-orientated professions or occupations such as school principals, executive, police officers and judges.
Perceivers are more flexible with the project. A Perceiver, on the contrary, tends to be more adaptable, stays away from closure. Perceivers will give a list of criteria or values while purchasing something. Furthermore, they tend to be open to change, are flexible, impulsive, perform below capacity, spontaneous, open minded and are more likely to take change with ease. They tend to be more tolerant to complexity and enjoy abstract reasoning. On top, they approach life through all possible options. Perceivers tend to prefer jobs like writers, musicians, architect, artiste, psychologist and advertising. Interestingly they are also less competitive than Judgers.
You should now be able to put an J for Judging or a P for Perceiving.
Putting all your letters together you will now get your Myers-Briggs Test Results.
Please note, and remember:
People move through the range of these preferences in time. It can be really interesting to see how things like travel or starting a family can affect your personality. Please record your results somewhere you will be able to find again in future.
When I was 26, I was more of a strong introvert and I was in a serious relationship. I spent a lot of time at home. With money and systems of making money. Kind of like Warren Buffet Style. I was really good at investing and systems. People were a weakness. I was so focused on creating wealth I ended up with a early divorce. Life was crap and after loosing over half my assets to my Ex Wife, I really lost interest in systems and money. I wanted friends and new partners. I found this thing called Couch Surfing and started meeting lots of people. Hanging out daily with lots of travelers and travel enthusiast really turned me from introvert to an extrovert. I’m now highly extrovert. I love meeting and networking with people. Additionally, I’m strong on my intuitive too. This is actually kind of opposite to Warren Buffet. Perhaps that’s why I struggle to analysis the Stock Market and am often out on my timing. I find these first to filters/types are the most important. However continuing,
I’m more of a feeling person than thinking. I listen to my body a lot. For perceiving and judging I’m pretty much 50/50. I feel I am more on the perceiving side of the house because of my relaxed non judging attitude. Yet I’m competitive. My NLP and Life Coach training has taught me to be non judgmental with people (which is a fantastic trait to develop by the way). My competitive and judging characteristics push me to accomplish more and more.
Learning and understanding your self is the first step to successful Personal Development and successful Investing. After all, Personal Development is Investing in your self.
By, Adrian Cahill,