16 Personality Types

 

 If you guys (or girls) are in the field of self-improvement then you owe it to yourself to take the Myers Briggs test.  This is a test to basically give you a general understanding of your own personality.  It’s heavily based on the work of the famous and well-respected psychologist, Carl Jung.  I personally am intrigued by Jung’s categorization of people’s personalities, but that topic can wait for another day. 

The mentioned test will take you about 10 minutes to complete.  It evaluates your personality type by 4 categories:

  • Extraversion – Introversion
  • Sensing – Intuition
  • Thinking – Feeling
  • Judging – Perceiving

 This is a well-respected test in modern psychology and I find the results to be very accurate in my own personal experience.  It seems to be based on sound scientific principles and it will not make you creepy, unlike NLP. 

There are 16 possible combinations.   After finishing the test, you will receive a 4 letter code such as: ISTJ or ENFP

Once you get the code, click on this page and read about your own particular type:

http://www.personalitypage.com/portraits.html

 

 Again, these pages are very broad as they’re written for a very general Internet Audience. You could spend quite a bit of time delving more into the individual components of each personality type if you’re curious about its meticulous nature.  The links above attempt to make the experience a bit more fun.

 I’ve taken it myself.  According to the test, I am an ENFP, “The Inspirer.”    Regarding ENFPs, it states:

 ”They have an exceptional ability to intuitively understand a person after a very short period of time, and use their intuition and flexibility to relate to others on their own level.”

  Perhaps, that explains my unusual fascination with people’s archetypes and behavioral tendencies.”  Regardless, it’s a fun test and if you have a girlfriend, it’s something you can do together. 

 It does not make you a good or bad person.  It does not limit your capabilities or goals, but rather, it provides a better pathway of understand yourself.  It allows you to understand HOW you perceive information and it provides you with insight regarding your behavioral patterns and character traits.

  •  How does it relate to dating and attraction?

 Firstly, this is more about understanding your own self and psyche and why you repeat certain habits/behavioral patterns and why you often experience certain emotions from particular events/experience.

 Secondly, it can provide insight as to what causes you angst or trouble in the dating area.  Let’s say you were an “ENFJ, The Giver.”   (Male or Female, it doesn’t matter.)  It’s very conceivable that you may be doing TOO much giving to the point of pushing other people away.  This could come across as needy behavior. 

 Understanding this about yourself, you realize that you can cut back on trying to give so much so quickly.  It doesn’t mean that you ought to change your entire behavior because then that’d be a great recipe for disaster and unhappiness.  It’s just understanding where and WHEN to give, and when to hold off a bit.  That’d keep true to your nature while enabling you to be more effective in applying dating and attraction principles.

 Ultimately, it’s a smart idea to know and understand yourself well.  I think this test is able to deliver that insight.  I don’t make any money from it and I am not an affiliate.  (It’d be nice if they had an affiliate system, however.)   I am sometimes annoyed at the amount of junk that self-help “gurus” wants to push down people’s throats, and very often, the advice is based on obviously faulty principles.  (Which basically mounts to someone taking what works for him on some level and attempting to sell it as a vehicle that’s applicable for the masses.)

  If I had the time and the resources, I’d probably embark on a very ambitious journey of matching EACH of the 16 personality types with the type of problems they could encounter in dating and attraction.  I think I could combine my understanding of dating/attraction and relate it to the personality archetypes to provide a more detailed glimpse of commonly faced situations. 

 Come to think of it, if you do take the test, post a quick comment with your 4-letter code as to which archetype you are.  (Don’t be a lazy, post it!)  It’d be cool to see what sort of  people read the Blog.

 Enjoy.