I took the sixteen personalities test to find out my personality type – they use the Myers-Briggs acronym format, but have their own methodological approach to it which – if you’re really interested – you can read about here.

There are five aspects to determining a persons personality via the test:

  1. Mind – this aspect shows how we interact with our surroundings. (Introverted/Extroverted)
  2. Energy – the second aspect determines how we see the world and process information. (Observant/Intuitive)
  3. Nature – this aspect determines how we make decisions and cope with emotions. (Thinking/Feeling)
  4. Tactics – this aspect reflects our approach to work, planning and decision-making. (Judging/Prospecting)
  5. Identity – finally, the Identity aspect underpins all others, showing how confident we are in our abilities and decisions. (Assertive/Turbulent)

I think the most important thing to remember, if you wish to take the test yourself is that it can change. It is not written in stone the first time you take it. When I did this test with someone who knows some stuff about psycho-analysis, she explained that the test is more about the choices you make, rather than the any innate personality you might have. I mean, you meant to be as truthful as you can be, but how you’re feeling, or how you represent yourself at any given moment can change.

That being said, in the times that I have taken the test, I tend to flip-flop between an INTJ and an INFJ. The reason for that is that I usually get about 49%/51% either way on the “Nature” aspect of the test; so it really could be either of the Thinking or Feeling options.

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INTJ’s make up less than 0.8% of women, and INFJ’s are less than 1% of the population as a whole, so either way it’s a pretty rare personality type. #humblebrag.

One of the things that stood out to me in the INTJ “The Architect” personality type:

INTJs are simultaneously the most starry-eyed idealists and the bitterest of cynics, a seemingly impossible conflict.

I wonder whether this has ever come across in my blog? I feel like it probably has!


For the other side of me, INFJThe Advocate” personality type:

They are decisive and strong-willed, but will rarely use that energy for personal gain – INFJs will act with creativity, imagination, conviction and sensitivity not to create advantage, but to create balance. 

I’ll be looking at other aspects of The Architect/The Advocate personalities. Which personality type do you fit into? Bear in mind that it can change! It is not fixed, and can change over time.

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12 replies on “Finding Out My Personality Type

  1. Well, that was most interesting, since, having read your piece, I was unable to resist. I think you are right that the picture may change and I shall have to go back to the tests, although on first reading, its description of me as an advocate I found quite accurate. I’m also wondering if the type becomes more fixed with age.

    1. It would be interesting to find out whether it does! I mean, my tends to fluctuate based on my mood. The professional I talked to about this stated that it was all to do with choices, rather than an innate personality “setting”, so therefore there was no reason to be perturbed if it changed.

      I sometimes come out as ENTJ as well – “The Champion”, but that must be when I’m feeling particularly boisterous!

      1. One of the first things that should happen—online!—is to NOT have any “titles” to any of the types. Example: don’t call ENTJ’s “the Champion” and no names for other types either. Because people instantly come onto a site, see the titles, see which title sounds “coolest” and then tries to be that. Or tries to find reasons why they fit that type.

        Another example: who would want to be “the Mechanic” (ISTP) when you could be a prestige-ous “Visionary” (ENTP), as I’ve seen on another site? Likewise, saying some famous movie character or sports-figure or singer or actor is this or that type makes people want to be that type, so we can be cool-like-them. I say all of that is a bad idea.

        Its about THE FOUR LETTERS and the PROFILE. At least it *was*. But Myers-Briggs has been hi-jacked by a fanatical over-emphasis these days on…(drum roll please)…”Functions”. You will see Many, Many website harping endlessly about functions. BUT—-

        IF you READ THE BOOKS on Type:
        1. LIFE TYPES by Hirsch & Kummerow
        2. TYPE TALK by Kroeger & Thuessen…and…
        3. GIFTS DIFFERING by..?..Isabel Myers-Briggs?….you may see functions mentioned, almost in passing, and with nowhere near the pounding on it we see all over websites online. But chances are hardly 2 people in 10 who write about types on their blog or website have bothered to read the books. They got it from another website, who got it from another website and on and on.

    2. Oh yes. A person’s identity often flows with life circumstances. Yet an example of personality type becoming quite fixed with age is the elder relative who often dominates conversations around the Holiday table. He/she is a Sage in the “now,” but was likely born a Sage

  2. We are personality twins! Of course, I may have changed since grad school, when I took the test, but I was an INTJ then. (Probably slightly more E these days, but still definitely on the I side.) Great post–and I do see the architect in you!

    1. I used to be more towards the E side of things, but seem to consistently get I these days, which I find very interesting!

  3. Every time I take one of these Myers Briggs tests, I always get INFJ and that’s never changed for me. This one isn’t any different because INFJ was my result once again. So while I know they usually are supposed to change it never has for me.

    1. I don’t know if “supposed” is the truth, I think it’s more that you shouldn’t be upset if it does change. When I spoke to someone who does this kind of thing for a living, she stressed that it was more to do with our choices, rather than an innate “personality setting” that we had within us.

  4. Interesting! I think they can tell us a lot about our personalities but of course it depends if we agree with it and then make choices based on that type. From an INFP – The Mediator

  5. I’ve been reading about all kinds of personality test and have taken the Big 5 and the MBTI test. The Myers Bridggs seem to describe me more accurate. I take MBTI now and then. I always get the Introvert side and most of the the time I end up with INTJ.

  6. I found this test really resourceful when I took it and looks like I’m not the only one that thought this ☺

    I wrote an article on it recommending it because I thought It was that insightful…. Thanks for sharing ☺

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