A few weeks ago, I attending a training at the University of Maryland-Baltimore; the training focused on utilizing Myers-Briggs to enhance clinical supervision for social workers.
Here’s a brief description of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (thank you, Wikipedia): it’s a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions.
I love Myers Briggs. The last time I completed the questionnaire was ten years ago, during my second year with AmeriCorps*NCCC, and I loved it then, too. I’m always up for activities or assessments that facilitate self-awareness and personal growth. (Hence, my obsession with personality quizzes like “Which Iconic Movie Series Are You?” I felt validated and empowered when I got Harry Potter, for reasons obvious to those who know me well.)
Per Myers-Briggs, there are four dichotomies that are examined. I’m going to list them, attempt to explain them simply, and share what my preference is according to the MBTI.
I. Extraversion and Introversion – This preference answers the question “How do you prefer to direct or gain your energy?” Extraverts re-charge by spending time with other people; they expend their energy toward others, they talk things out. Introverts prefer to access energy internally; they process things, often in solitude, before sharing things aloud. My preference? Introversion. Talking about being an Introvert, I felt reassured. It’s always reassuring to know that there are others like you and that there’s nothing wrong with the way you operate.
2. Sensing and Intuitive – This preference answers the question “What information do you trust and believe most when taking in something new?” Do you trust your five senses (sensing) or your insight and imagination (intuition)? My preference? Intuitive. This was the scale on which I fell closest to the middle. I decided my preference was intuitive because I’m much more convinced by a gut feeling than I am by data, figures, and facts.
3. Thinking and Feeling- This preference answers the question “How do you make decisions?” Do you put more weight on objective principles and impersonal facts (Thinking) or do you put more weight on personal concerns and the people involved (Feeling)? My preference? Feeling. This was a no-brainer. I’m always way more sensitive to people than to facts or logic.
4. Judging and Perceiving – This preference answers the question, “How do I deal with the outside world?” Do you prefer a more structured and decided lifestyle (Judging) or a more flexible and adaptable lifestyle (Perceiving)? My preference? Perceiving. This one was pretty obv for me, too. The presenter gave us a lot of questions to help us clarify our preference, and I came up as Perceiving every time.
My preferences give the type INFP. There are sixteen different types, according to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. I’ve been having a tremendous amount of fun trying to guess other people’s types, using this link when people don’t know their type already.
What’s your type?