The Best Personality Test

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The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality test based on Carl Jung’s theory of types. The test determines the preferences people have in terms of how they see the world and make decisions. These preferences are what shape a person’s interests, values, motivations, skills and needs.

There are four sets of dichotomies that are measured on a scale:

  • How you’re energized- extroversion (E) or introversion (I)
  • How you take in information- sensing (S) or intuition (N)
  • How you make decisions and evaluations- thinking (T) or feeling (F)
  • How do you structure the world- judging (J) or perceiving (P)

All eight are used but people differ in which ones they prefer to use. We might not know we prefer one trait over another but it’s the one we naturally do without even thinking about it. The trait that is preferred tends to be more dominant and highly developed than the other trait in the dichotomy.

Here’s a brief explanation of each trait:

Extroversion- Focus on the external world of action, people and things
Introversion- Focus on the internal world of reflection, thoughts and ideas

Sensing- Perceive the world through the five senses and what is present
Intuition- Perceive the world through insights and possibilities

Thinking- Objective decisions are made based on logic
Feeling- Subjective decisions are made based on values

Judging- Approach the world in a structured, planned, organized way
Perceiving- Approach the world in an open, flexible and spontaneous way

Once you know which four preferences you have, you know your personality type, which is expressed as a four letter code. There are sixteen types:

ISTJ ISFJ INFJ INTJ
ISTP ISFP INFP INTP
ESTP ESTP ENFP ENTP
ESTJ ESFJ ENFJ ENTJ

All types are equal and valid. There is no best type. They are simply different ways of seeing the world and making decisions.

Get to know and love your type but remember you are not just your personality. Personality makes up a part of you, and your MBTI type is only a part of your personality (other personality tests may show you different things about yourself). There is more to you than your type and there will be unique things about you that don’t match up with your type. No personality test will be able to describe or explain you completely, but I still see their worth for the small measure they do help you to know yourself better.

I have found the MBTI personality test to be the best because it has helped me understand myself better than any other test. You can read about that in this post: MBTI and Personality Enlightenment.

How well do you know yourself?

To find out your personality type, do this personality test.

Once you’ve found out your personality type, go to this personality profile page and click on your four letter code. I have found these particular profiles to be the most useful but you can also type your type into Google and check out what other profiles say about you.

Leave a comment with your type and the name for your type – I’d love to know how accurate you think it is for you and if it helped at all.

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18 responses »

  1. Seems the tests results in my personality type as INFP. Does not stray very far from the actuality. The best match would be the ability to communicate best through writing, rather than verbally.That one was spot on.

    • So you’re a genius then! I’m very much S over N and I over E. But the ISTJ profile is so spot on whereas the others aren’t when I play around with the other letters- except for T/F. Interesting!

      • I had lot of trouble deciding what to choose for the questions that were on T and F. For me, it all depends on the situation. That’s why there was only a marginal difference between the two.
        It would be cool if I were a genius! Sadly, I doubt it. Ha ha.

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  4. I usually get INFP in these tests 🙂 whether it’s right or not I’m definitely an NF (iNtuitive Feeler) and it makes perfect sense..yes it does help to know what type and temperament you identify with..it explains a lot about your tendencies, frustrations and limits as well! liberating in a way and makes you more aware,accepting and focusing on the right things..also I started to understand how people have different ways to understanding the world as well as the ways they project their understanding outwardly …also different paths and values even if the object is one (ex: truth-religion-politics-ethics-systems-art-taste-history..etc)… I still can’t figure out my Enneagram though..I’m pretty sure I’m either a 4 or a 9 ..

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