Myers Briggs is a personality type indicator. It uses four dichotomies to split people into sixteen different categories. The four “questions” are:
Favorite world: Do you prefer to focus on the outer world or on your own inner world? This is called Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I).
Information: Do you prefer to focus on the basic information you take in or do you prefer to interpret and add meaning? This is called Sensing (S) or Intuition (N).
Decisions: When making decisions, do you prefer to first look at logic and consistency or first look at the people and special circumstances? This is called Thinking (T) or Feeling (F).
Structure: In dealing with the outside world, do you prefer to get things decided or do you prefer to stay open to new information and options? This is called Judging (J) or Perceiving (P).
– MBTI® Manual: A Guide to the Development and Use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®
When we did it last June I came out as ISFJ: Introvert, Sensing, Feeling and Judging. I was the only person in my year, of about 100 people, with this result by the way!
The leaflet we got about it all, described me as:
Quiet, friendly, responsible, and conscientious. Work devotedly to meet their obligations. Lend stability to any project or group. Thorough and painstaking, accurate. Their interests are usually not technical. Can be patient with necessary details. Loyal, considerate, perceptive, concerned with how other people feel.
Last night, however, I found a website – Typealyzer – that can take the browser address of a blog and analise the personality type of it’s writer, using Myers Briggs. And this is what it said, from everything I’ve written here in the past five months:
INFP – The Idealists
They enjoy work that are aligned to their deeply felt values and tend to strongly dislike the more practical and mundane forms of tasks. They can enjoy working alone for long periods of time and are happiest when they can immerse themselves in personally meaningful projects.
The leaflet I have says this, in addition, about INFP people:
Full of enthusiasms and loyalties, but seldom talk of these until they know you well. Care about learning, ideas, language, and independent projects of their own. Tend to undertake too much, then somehow get it done. Friendly, but often too absorbed in what they are doing to be sociable. Little concerned with possessions or physical surroundings.
I’ll let you decide for yourselves which you think is most accurate. Personally I’d go with the second one. I wonder if I’ve changed in the past eight months or if the first was just a little off kilter.