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:
- Mind – this aspect shows how we interact with our surroundings. (Introverted/Extroverted)
- Energy – the second aspect determines how we see the world and process information. (Observant/Intuitive)
- Nature – this aspect determines how we make decisions and cope with emotions. (Thinking/Feeling)
- Tactics – this aspect reflects our approach to work, planning and decision-making. (Judging/Prospecting)
- 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.
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, INFJ “The 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.