The Myers Briggs Personality Test. Have you taken it?

I bet you think I’m extroverted.  That’s a pretty reasonable assumption to make based on the fact that I’ve taken you along with me to my mammogram.  An introvert probably wouldn’t do that.

Only I did.  And I am.  Honestly.

I’m not shy, I’m not socially awkward or maladjusted, I’m just a loner.  Some people thrive on crowds and parties and wearing lampshades on their heads.  I thrive on solitude and often need a day of recuperating after an especially social outing like buying gum.

Admittedly I’m just a borderline introvert which is why I I’m not uncomfortable in social situations or afraid of them … I just find them tiring.

How do I know this about myself?  Well I’m pretty astute.  Plus I took the famed Myers Briggs personality test a few weeks ago and it indeed confirmed everything I already knew about myself.

The Myers Briggs test is a personality test that was developed by a woman in the 1940s based on research done by Carl Jung in the 1920’s.  It breaks everyone down into 1 of 16 different personality types based on whether they are Extroverted or Introverted, Sensory or INtuitive,  Thinking or Feeling, and Judging or Perceiving.

It’s the most popular personality test in the world and it’s also one of the most criticized. Not unlike the Seinfeld finale.

I turned out to be an “INTJ”.  Which means I’m an Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking and Judging kind of person. Which makes perfect sense because when I first heard about this test my first instinct was to judge it.  I’m not a huge fan of this kind of nutshelling.  But then it was accurate and I didn’t know what to do. I mean I’d already judged the way a judgey judger would.   I’ll Intuitively Think about what to do with this information while being Introverted one night.

No personality type is deemed any better than any other type in the test.  They’re just different.  “INTJs” (me) for example tend to be interested, innovative, single-minded in concentration, unimpressed with authority and naturally high achievers.  On the other hand an “ENFP” is charming and enthusiastic, people oriented, knows everyone and everything that’s going on and will b able to do almost anything that he or she wants.  See?  Not better.  Just different.

Only obviously anyone who is an INTJ is better.

Wanna know what you are?  This sample Myers Briggs test only takes a few minutes to do.  Go do it then in the comment section tell us what you are and if you think it’s true!

I really did find mine to be a fairly accurate representation of me.

Curious about famous people?  Of course you are because we’re all interested in what famous people are really like for some bizarre reason. Actually it isn’t bizarre at all, I know exactly why. It’s because we either want to know that they’re exactly  like us or nothing at all like us, depending on what famous person we’re talking about.

This site has a great long list of all the different personality types and famous people they attribute them to. I’m linking to the INTJ page, but just look in the left hand column for your type and click on that.

Since we know I’m an INTJ, here are a few others in this world who were as well.

Sir Isaac Newton

Physicist

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Mark Zuckerberg

CEO of Facebook

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Stephen Hawking

Physicist

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Ted Kaczynski

The Unibomber

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Jay Z

General all around mogul

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I was pretty excited about my list of INTJ celebrities until I couldn’t find David Letterman on it. Turns out he was on the ENTJ list.  Which no way in hell is true.  David Letterman is not an extrovert, he’s a classic introvert so now I’m back to questioning the validity of this test.

Not that I’m one to judge.  But I am.

Did you take the test?  Do you know what you are?

Lay it on me.

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181 Comments

  1. Luanne says:

    High-5, NTJ-er! I’m ENTJ, but just barely into the “E” world. I participated in a workshop on this as a part of a workplace a few years back. It was really great to see how we could better interact with one another’s tendencies.

    • Bronwyn says:

      Snap! Me too – also did it as a workplace exercise. And talk about “judging”- the organisers use the “describe the sea” exercise to illustrate differences. To me, the sea is deep and blue. To others in the room it was “powerful, sensual, mysterious”. Snort!

  2. TucsonPatty says:

    ISFP – “Planning and control are not for ISFPs; they much prefer to stay in the background doing the things they like, keeping a balance, which of course includes choosing to remain happily disorganized.”
    Um…yep. That pretty much sums it up in a nutshell!

  3. Karla says:

    ESFP. No argument here!

  4. Sue says:

    ISTJ – ISTJs are the behind-the-scenes workers who make things happen. I would somewhat agree.

  5. Katie says:

    Textbook INFJ here! …but a terrible Capricorn. 🙂

  6. Sarah says:

    Just took the test at your link: INTJ as well 🙂 Though what is interesting is that I last took this test about 20 years ago, when I was ‘more’ of a lawyer than I am now. And then, I was an ISTJ. And I would agree that since I’ve stopped being ‘so much’ of a lawyer, I have become much more free-thinking, open-minded and creative. Which pretty much fits with a shift from S to I! So it’s interesting that one’s life experiences can shift the outcome of the test…

    Sensing (S)
    Paying attention to physical reality, what I see, hear, touch, taste, and smell. I’m concerned with what is actual, present, current, and real. I notice facts and I remember details that are important to me. I like to see the practical use of things and learn best when I see how to use what I’m learning. Experience speaks to me louder than words.

    Intuition (N)
    Paying the most attention to impressions or the meaning and patterns of the information I get. I would rather learn by thinking a problem through than by hands-on experience. I’m interested in new things and what might be possible, so that I think more about the future than the past. I like to work with symbols or abstract theories, even if I don’t know how I will use them. I remember events more as an impression of what it was like than as actual facts or details of what happened.

    • Catherine Gibson says:

      Your results can change over time as your personality is not a static monolithic thing, but rather part of who you are. Since you change with your life experiences and what is working for you, your MBPI results can change too. I’m an ENTJ, so I’m not likely to change my modus operandi, since it works out pretty well for me.

      And the Op is absolutely right, you may not have extroverted tendencies, it doesn’t mean that can’t do something extroverted and do it very well, or exceptionally well, You just may not be able to do it all the time or you may need some recovery time after it.

  7. Pam says:

    I also did the test for work and was not surprised to find I am an INTP. Yep, I sure am!

    • Pam says:

      Wait, maybe I remembered that wrong, because I just took it again and I’m an INTJ! I guess I’m judgier than I thought. 🙂

  8. Robert says:

    I’m a INFJ although i disagree with my areas of growth

  9. Auntiepatch says:

    ISTJ — Right on – They will excel at ensuring everyone is clear on what is expected—everyone will know what the plan is and their part in it—and in ensuring that the plan is enacted. They are more task- than people-focused.

  10. Shannon says:

    INFP for me. I took this back in college and it gave me the “e” instead of the “I”, but I may have just been excited to be there. I too prefer time to recover after an event but am probably somewhere near the border. I love seeing what others are. Does anyone else struggle with the answer to “is it worse to be unjust or unmerciful”? It struck a chord for me and I’m not sure what the right answer is.

    • Grammy says:

      The justice vs. mercy question had me struggling to answer, too.

      • Jacquie says:

        I actually stopped doing the test at that point so I could think about it. Still not quite sure where I stand on it really.

    • Luanne says:

      I don’t think there is a “right” answer for this. And I don’t think you have to be one way or another.

      If you ask me, merciful is most important. So much so that I am glad that there are people who are equally as “just” to balance me out.

  11. Susan says:

    ISTJ – pretty much bang on. And explains A LOT!!

  12. ruth says:

    Also an INTJ and not so pleased to be on a list with the unibomber. And I think I am bit warmer and sensitive than the description, but maybe I’m not. I’ll have to think about it!

  13. SusanR says:

    This was fun, Karen.
    INTJ
    Yep, pretty much. Maybe a bit more IN(TF)J. I’m a softie.

  14. Jo says:

    INFJ. Great — apparently we’re hard to understand and besides there aren’t many of us. And the only person on the Famous INFJ Persons List is Jane Eyre! For God’s Sake, it just like being a Scorpio! Ever look at that sign’s horoscope?! One day mine said “Try to get along with those around you.” I could have told them: “Not my fault!”

  15. Clifyt says:

    Introversion in the clinical sense has nothing to do with outgoingness…it has to do where you gain energy. I was in entertainment professionally for a decade, and folks thought I was a complete extrovert. My current career is doing thing like creating / validating / administering tests like the MBTI. And even my colleagues that should know better still think I’m an extrovert. Nope…I like my office door closed when possible. Why? I get my energy from being by myself. Recharging time. I know how to be social, and very good at it, but still…

    Now, if you get your energy from interacting with others? Then you are an extrovert. Probably. Or maybe an ambivert, but that goes against the whole jungian archetypes that go into this side of personality theory.

    • Kate says:

      Clifyt, I was hoping someone would go into that. Introverts are too often lumped in with the anti-social and socially anxious….. not that some introverts aren’t, the terms just aren’t interchangeable.

      • clifyt says:

        lumped in with the anti-social and socially anxious…..not that some introverts aren’t, the terms just aren’t interchangeable.

        It is much easier to be anti-social when you end up turning your attention to yourself and you never develop the skills to communicate with others. However, socialization is really a developed skill and nothing more. I know extroverts that for one reason or another never had to learn to socialize in a proper manner (i.e., small communities of very heterogeneous individuals) — that once they get into the ‘real’ world, end up with social anxieties because they just can’t cope and end up isolating themselves because it doesn’t come out right…so it works the other way as well.

        That said, I think taking the test on your own is the wrong way to do this…you miss so many details of what this may mean and you may mistake a lot of subtleties for things that mean something completely different.

  16. Amber says:

    I think your Bloggitudinousness has crashed the site. I answered much more honestly this time, since it’s late and I’ve had wine, but all I’ve gotten is a blank page and an inability to complete request.
    Humph. I was curious what I am…

  17. Mike says:

    Ok, took the test. Says I’m a ENFP. Looks pretty accurate. Hate those questions, though. Seems like I could answer them all the same. Wish they gave you the “maybe” option. I’ve had to take these test for various jobs I’ve had in the past. One took me two hours to complete. Would have rather been shot. When I finished, I don’t think I had any personality left. Thanks for the good article. Curious about the great ham fart. Used to have a fart machine. A little gizmo that made various fart sounds. It worked by a remote. I would place the sound part under the office break room table, hide, and just laugh and laugh. Doesn’t take much to amuse me, I guess.

  18. Stephanie Hobson says:

    ISTJ. Pretty spot on. But the best thing, if true, is that you read Penelope Trunk! A notification of a new post from you and her on the same day! Très amazing!

  19. Mike says:

    BTW, read about the great ham fart in your Easter blog. Yeah, I read them all. And I’m a guy

  20. gloria says:

    I’m an ISFP. Whoah, nail on the head. I’m probably one of your older readers and back in the day we took the Gregorc Style Delineator test. I think I was a Concrete Random on that one. And on the Four Temperaments Test, I landed firmly in the middle of Melancholic. Anyone else take these?

  21. Mike says:

    We’ll, must of not read them all since didn’t know about ham fart.

  22. Barb says:

    I took the test, but never got a response in my email. Bummer! Sure hope this wasn’t just an email address gathering scam.

  23. Paula says:

    The results are ‘scary’ accurate!
    Portrait of an ISTP – Introverted Sensing Thinking Perceiving
    (Introverted Thinking with Extraverted Sensing)
    ISTPs have a compelling drive to understand the way things work.
    ISTPs have an adventuresome spirit. They are attracted to motorcycles, airplanes, sky diving, surfing, etc. Check, check, check and no surfing around here but I sail – does that count?
    STPs are loyal to their causes and beliefs, and are firm believers that people should be treated with equity and fairness.
    ISTPs like and need to spend time alone, because this is when they can sort things out in their minds most clearly.
    ISTPs are action-oriented people. They like to be up and about, doing things.
    ISTPs avoid making judgments based on personal values – they feel that judgments and decisions should be made impartially, based on the fact.
    An ISTP who is over-stressed may exhibit rash emotional outbursts of anger, or on the other extreme may be overwhelmed by emotions and feelings which they feel compelled to share with people (often inappropriately). Been there, done that – oops. When I was younger, of course.
    ISTPs are excellent in a crisis situations. This, I am proud to say, is also true 🙂 Tried, tested, and true.
    ISTPs have a lot of natural ability which makes them good at many different kinds of things. However, they are happiest when they are centered in action-oriented tasks which require detailed logical analysis and technical skill. Like making maple syrup – haha.

  24. Stephanie says:

    INTJ, which bolsters your case for it being at the top of the secret, unacknowledged hierarchy of types. Completely agree that we Introverts are not anti-social: we just need an hour alone, preferably in a warm bath with a glass of wine, for every half-hour out in public duping others into thinking we are extroverts. Suspect it is another characteristic of INTJs that we derive some enjoyment from the duping-of-others part. Or maybe that’s just me…

  25. Amanda says:

    ENFJ. Seems accurate. Kind of weirdly so…! Love stuff like this!

  26. Thandi says:

    I have taken this test 6 times (for various reasons) and each time it comes up with something else. And each time it almost succeeds at describing me, but doesn’t get it quite right. My husband says I must secretly be a serial killer, or maybe a spy. He’s a sweetheart (even if he is an INTJ, you judgy judgersons).

    • Lynn (really spelled w/ an "e", but somebody else already has that spelling on here) says:

      Heeeeeee! Judgy Judgersons – made me literally laugh out loud. Wish I could take this test, but I’m at work and the site is blocked. Sigh.

  27. Bridgett Junkin says:

    ESFP. mostly I agree.

  28. Christine says:

    ISTJ and it made me laugh at myself as it described me purrrrfectly. Am I really that predictable?!

  29. Rose says:

    Another INTJ. Maybe that’s why I enjoy your blog so much. I didn’t see Ted Kaczynski or JayZ on the famous poeple page but it did have Hillary Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jodie Foster, Lance Armstrong.

  30. whitequeen96 says:

    Like you, INTJ perfectly describes me. We’re obviously the superior type! 😉

    I always say my tombstone should read,
    “She wasn’t much fun,
    but she got things done”
    . . . although age seems to have loosened me up en0ugh to be a little fun, or so my friends tell me.

  31. Sherry in Alaska says:

    ISTJ and I would say that’s right on.

    Looks like I may be the only person who’s never taken this before… Some of the questions – I could go either way – but not many.

    Thanks, I enjoyed that!

  32. Grammy says:

    Another INTJ. Nearly all of the descriptors are pretty accurate for me except one that stands out:

    In order to function best, I supposedly need “Freedom from routine and mundane details.” I actually sometimes seek out routine and mundane parts of an activity because it relaxes me. I’m retired now, but in my years or work I found I would sometimes perform duties generally the purview of the clerical staff — like a big collating job or something equally “dull” just because I needed time for my brain to rest. They thought I was just the nicest person for helping them out. I still find that I enjoy folding laundry or any other mundane thing when I’ve been working at something challenging.

  33. Grammy says:

    I believe you are absolutely right about Letterman. No way Dave is an extrovert.

    • Cynthia Jones says:

      Yes he is…but not in the normally thought of meaning of the word.

      With regard to Myers Briggs….extroverts get lots of energy from being around people.

      Introverts get their energy from being along a lot. Introverts usually hate parties. I cant remember my score, but when it was analysed by the moderator I would have made a great hairdresser along with other precision based careers. PS I do cut my own hair.

      • Karen says:

        David Letterman doesn’t go out, he doesn’t go to parties, he doesn’t like attention or seek it out. He is definitely an introvert. I used to do what he did. Host television. And I would do exactly what he does. Come home on the weekend, lock the door and not go out again until Monday morning, lol. ~ karen!

        • Cynthia Jones says:

          I assumed because he hosts television and seems to enjoy it that he was an extrovert. I haven’t actually watched him much, because he annoys me. He does seem uncomfortable all the time, now that I think of it. That’s probably why. He doesn’t feel comfortable.

        • Karen says:

          Ha! Yes that’s what most people assume. That entertainers are extroverts. Not necessarily so. HEY! WANNA GO TO A PARTY?!~ karen!

        • Cynthia Jones says:

          Can I stay home and poke myself in the eye with a rusty nail instead?

    • Karen says:

      Agreed. Now I want to know what it was you did in your preretirement life. I think I’ve done a post like that in the past, I should do one again. ~ karen!

      • Cynthia Jones says:

        Mine said I am an Introvert and was suited to anything requiring precision and attention to detail.

        I worked in hospitals, mainly in Psych Units as an Administrator/Receptionist. It broke my spirit eventually. I excelled at the organising for the team and loved the patients, but the hierarchy messed with my head.

  34. Tigersmom says:

    I am an ISFJ.

  35. Julia (mumo3kids) says:

    ESFJ… Seems about right!

  36. Suzanne says:

    Hey Karen, just to let you know the Judging part of your assessment is not “judging” in the normal sense of the term. It’s kinda of my pet peeve that people say that it is. The Myers Briggs test is a neutral test and does not say whether you are a positive or negative person. So what could the judging part mean then, you may ask? It means your make quick decisions based on the info you have. That’s it, just that you make decisions quickly. A “P” is someone who needs more information and more information before finally making a decision. Here’s an example (I’m a J by the way) I wanted a babysitter, I read a profile on a babysitting website of someone I thought would be perfect. I decided I liked her, right hen and there. I had a phone interview and found out she couldn’t do the exact hours I wanted… So I changed my hours because she was perfect. I had an actual interview and it went horribly in my mind but I had already judged her to be perfect so I said yes to hiring her. Then on the way home I was truly thinking about whether she worked with us and with all the new info I had I had to admit I had preemptively made the wrong judgement. She was not amazing, she actually kinda sucked. In this case a J(me) made a decision based on a positive assessment even though that was not accurate. A “P” would have not done this. BUT in my former life as a Firefighter/Paramedic making quick decisions what vital and good for the job. So you can go either way and sometimes you leap before you look and other times you’re amazing like on fire! Snap decisions is crisis and such. That’s all that the J means.

    By the way, I’m am an INTJ as well. I do very well with people but I’d rather not deal with many people at all if I could.

    • clifyt says:

      “the Judging part of your assessment is not “judging” in the normal sense of the term.”

      The way I use to explain this to students and patients was that judging really comes down to how you organize the world around you. Do you let it come to you as it is, or do you need to exert control over the world. My former mentor (now deceased) did a study years ago that he’d ask people to come to a remote testing location, do the MBTI and while they were doing it, we’d check their cars to see how clean or dirty they were. Clean cars are almost always J — it is the type a personality as you say that requires more info. It is the people that are not happy with how things are, but need to get more. P? They love the world how it is and are fine with the info they have and the entropy around them.

  37. Suzanne says:

    Ps where are the famous female INTJ’s?

  38. LeeAnn says:

    Amazing that there are so many INTJ’s females here and yet it’s apparently the smallest percentage of women (0.7% of women are INTJ’s). I’ve done the test probably every year for the past 4 years and am INTJ every time but my “I” becomes more and more. Last time I was 100% “Introvert”! I’m sociable but definitely need time out to myself and my hobbies, which are my fuel for life and energy. I always have several projects on the go and am always trying new things (recipes, art methods etc). Love being an INTJ although sometimes I really feel ‘out’ and sure people think I’m a bit strange, but I’ve learnt to embrace my quirks and have great ‘characterful’ friends who love my quirks too. I would have thought you were extrovert because of the way you write, but actually it completely makes sense that you’re introvert – especially INTJ. You seem to love trying new things, be open minded and super passionate/excited about your hobbies and you definitely give no credence to authority or saying the ‘right’ thing, which is very refreshing! Ayn Rand was an INTJ – her books and philosophy really resonated with me growing up. Great post! Now I know why out of all the blogs I’ve come across I follow yours 🙂

    • Cussot says:

      I’m glad you mentioned the Myers-Briggs distribution, LeeAnn – Karen is not only an INTJ, she’s an INTJ magnet!

      Me, I’m an INTP on the ISTP cusp. Which is why I love tinkering by myself, but can never make up my mind which hammer to use.

  39. Sally says:

    INTJ here too! Karen, I’m just like you in the sense most people don’t really think of me as an introvert because I am really good in social situations, I just don’t like being forced into them. I’m not totally surprised a lot of your readers share this personality! We all like you cause we think you are like us! we ARE the BEST! haha 😉

  40. ESFJ, which is a good match! Love doing these tests, haven’t looked at the celebs list yet, not that interested in celebs anyway, I prefer ordinary people, or esfj people.

  41. Beckie says:

    ISTJ

    It is spot on…with one exception, I am also a Cancer, so I do tend to be quite emotional. Otherwise, this is me.

  42. Janet says:

    I’ve taken the full test a few times (its lonnnnggg) – once as a student and I was an ISFJ at the time. After a few years of soul-sucking corporate work, I had to take it again (for work) and was an ISTJ 😉 I’ve probably been borderline F/T all along. Not even knowing you, Karen, I don’t think it’s surprising you’re an introvert. An extrovert could never work alone as often as you do without sucking some energy from other people like a vampire! I kid, but as an introvert, that’s exactly how I feel after being in crowds for too long or at a party – like I need to recharge my batteries because all the vampire E’s in my life sucked the life right out of me 😉 My SJ combination is the exact opposite of my husband’s NP so we’ve actually found ways to communicate better with each other because of this test. I usually don’t put a lot of stock in these tests either, but I think this one is pretty accurate and useful.

    • Catherine Gibson says:

      Oh yeah! we extroverts make remarkably bad solo workers. The people taking work to Starbucks? They are probably extroverts who work from home and who are being driven completely nuts by the sound of the crickets chirping in the background. No bueno. I’m an E and the hubs is an I so we routinely have to plan activities that meet our different preferences. When he needs quiet time I go shopping where I can chat with clerks and other shoppers all I want.

      That’s actually a big downside to being an extrovert, you generally can’t extrovert alone.

  43. Leslie says:

    INTJ too! Much prefer doing things by myself and feel “violated” when my privacy is interrupted.

  44. Tracie says:

    ISFP…pretty accurate.

  45. Bernard says:

    ENTP – dead on!

  46. Fred Barrett says:

    INTJ too! Vaguely satisfied with that.

  47. Judy Jackson says:

    Me too! Me too! Another INTJ. Noticed about a quarter of the commenters are INTJ’s… Hhhhhhmmmm… Must be why I/we love your blog so much… the kindred spirit thing.

  48. Heather says:

    I haven’t done the test yet (I will) but I am always curious why people take tests to figure out who & what they are. Like having your handwriting analyzed or any other myriad of personality tests. Do we really not know what we’re like? Why do we need a test to tell us? Are you expecting to find out something about yourself you didn’t know? I don’t get it.

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