Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

Are you familiar?

Wikipedia says, “The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment is a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions.”

Essentially, it’s this test you can take that will tell you what type of person you are/personality you have.

 

Years ago, I took the official test and tested as an ENFJ, which seemed quite accurate and which made me join the ranks of other famous ENFJs such as David (king of Israel), Ronald Reagan, Dick Van Dyke, and Oprah Winfrey.

Over the years, I have grown increasingly more introverted, so I’d really like to take the test again and see where I fall on the scale.  Although the official test costs money, there are free versions of it online.

Just retook it.

STILL ENFJ.

I have a hard time believing that.  I am far more energized by being alone than by being with others.

And yet …

The new test said I was 1% extravert.  The old one said 100%.  That’s a pretty big jump.

In the interest of discovering, trends …

If you have OCD, what is your Myers-Briggs type?  Do you find yourself more introverted or extraverted?

13 thoughts on “Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

    • ISFJ >>Introvert(22%) Sensing(1%) Feeling(62%) Judging(56%). I have never taken this test before, it is really interesting. I would like to have Eric or my sister take it for me and see how their perceptions of me change things. People say I’m extroverted but I would agree with the test that I am more introverted.

  1. “ISTJ
    Introvert(44%) Sensing(1%) Thinking(1%) Judging(89%)
    You have moderate preference of Introversion over Extraversion (44%)
    You have marginal or no preference of Sensing over Intuition (1%)
    You have marginal or no preference of Thinking over Feeling (1%)
    You have strong preference of Judging over Perceiving (89%)”

    I’m also a former OCD sufferer.

  2. Hello there,
    I have done quite extensive research into MBTI and I have some information that may be able to help. First of all that I would like to point out that many tests will give you a percentage score for each category. This does not determine how much you prefer something, it only shows that you have a bias towards that preference. In other words, your score could indicate 1% for introversion or 99% for introversion and all it will really be able to tell you is that you have a preference for introversion. These tests only cover about 100 – 150 questions out of millions of possible questions so they can only give a general guide line for your preference.

    Now that we have all of that cleared up, I would like to talk about why it seems as though your personality seems to have changed over time. For starters, a link has been established between gaining more knowledge and becoming more introverted. As you become more, your view points will become more opinionated. These opinionated statements will start to conflict with beliefs of others which can lead to arguments. A way of avoiding these arguments is keeping your opinions to yourself which can seem like you are becoming more introverted when really you are just being tactful around other people.

    The main difference between Extraversion and Introversion is not only what you are energized but what world you prefer. Do you prefer the outer world of places, people, activities and things (Extraversion) or do you prefer the inner world of thoughts, ideas, memories and feelings (introversion)? Being an ENFJ means that you you have extraverted feeling as a dominant function and intoverted intuition as a secondary function. As you grow to be older, the dimensions of your personality will unfold creating what seems like a different personality. As introverted intuition develops more and more (between ages 12 and 21), it will not be uncommon to become a little more reserved than you used to be.

    Introverted intuition is all about finding hidden meanings and patterns to predict future trends. It is a largely abstract process that many times holds no real world grounding. These new thoughts that you start to have will become more complex as you get older and harder and harder for others to understand. When you have deep understandings that others do not, this is where arguments can happen because those who do not yet have the ability to analyze things on a deep level will not always be able to understand the picture you attempt to paint for them. As stated earlier, to avoid conflict you will learn to keep many of your ideas to yourself and will only share them when the time is appropriate.

    This process may seem like you are becoming more introverted but as life goes on, you will become more rounded out by developing your the rest of your cognitive functions. I hope that this has provided some useful information for you. Great post!

      • The tests found online (especially the free ones) have been accused of being very inaccurate. This is partly because it is only part of a true personality test. An INFJ is a natural mentor to all with an uncanny ability of bringing the best out of people. Your increasing introversion may be related to your dominant function’s (introverted intuition) natural development. This is the same idea as in the last post but on an even greater level. As you age you will find that many people do not see as many hidden connections and meanings as you do. For this reason you will have many differing opinions which may cause a higher level of introversion over time. Knowing these things will be a great asset to yourself in the long run. Keep up the good work!

  3. I’m ISFJ 🙂 I retook this because I always forget what my middle two letters are (which makes sense, since those are the ones that aren’t as strong/dominant with me). The told me I should go into education/religious education–glad I’m on the right path! 🙂

  4. A relative of mine was just telling me that there is a completely new outlook on extravert vs. introvert. Apparently, you can be both an extravert and an introvert at the same time. It’s now actually considered two different scales, not just both on either end of a continuum. I actually agree with that, because in some ways I’m very extroverted but in others, I sure need my alone time. My relative said that he tested reasonably high on both. Because I am a lot like him, I suspect I would too.

    Last time I took the test and I was an ESFJ. It seemed pretty right on to me.

  5. I have pure o. Very mentally time consuming and debilatating. I test estp with 100% extroversion. this ocd stuff is particularly draining to me because 1. I naturally have a low tolerance for anxiety and tend to repress emotions. 2. Hard to be me when I cant get the nonsensical thoughts out of my head=lack of happiness. It just doesnt fit with my personality and it sucks..but yea its hopefully temporary and ill be back on track soon enough..
    Good luck to all you peeps out there!!

  6. I’ve often wondered if personality type might be a factor in mental illness, and if it might play a role in which TYPE of OCD one gets as well. I’m an ESFJ, and I have Scrupulosity/ROCD, mostly. However, a friend of mine who’s an INFJ said they had very bad OCD when they were much younger, and it was the sorting/arranging kind. I also notice that everyone on here who’s commented is a Judging type, and most of us are Feeling types, too. Wonder if that has anything to do with it…

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