Well I won’t lie, I am so so glad it’s finally Friday! Today, I decided to look up and discuss my Myers-Briggs personality – something a little different for a Friday!
Now, I will be honest, this time last week I had never heard of a Myers-Briggs personality. It was actually only when scrolling through Pinterest (if you want to follow me on there, I follow back!) that I discovered it and decided to investigate further.
So for anyone who has never heard of a Myers-Briggs personality before, here’s a little information I was able to find online.
The purpose of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality inventory is to make the theory of psychological types described by C. G. Jung understandable and useful in people’s lives. The essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in the behavior is actually quite orderly and consistent, being due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment.
The above is taken from The Myers & Briggs Foundation, where you can find out more information if you would like to.
So all in the name of blogging science, I decided to take the test! I was curious to find out which of the 16 personality types I fit into, and thought why not share my Myers-Briggs Personality with you all.
I decided to use https://psychcentral.com/quizzes/personality/start.php this site to take the test. You can pay to take the official test online and get a full report, but I decided to just take a free version of it.
When taking the Myers-Briggs Personality test, you are advised to not think too carefully about each question, but rather answer with your instinct. For that reason, on average the test will take roughly 10 minutes.
After completing the Myers-Briggs personality test, I got the result I-S-T-J. This means Introverted – Sensing – Thinking – Judging. According to my results, I am more introvert than extrovert, more sensing than intuitive, more thinking than feeling, and more judging than perceiving.
Now before I go any further, while reading the results of my Myers-Briggs personality test, I was re-watching Season 1 of The Crown on Netflix. I wouldn’t have told you that, other than a very apt line was being said as I typed that above paragraph. Churchill is being painted for his birthday, by some painter that to be honest I didn’t catch the name of. But it’s what the painter says that caught my attention. Churchill is trying to persuade the artist to show him the work so far, mainly saying he can advise whether certain aspects are right or wrong. The artist simply replies ” I find, in general, people have very little understanding of who they are. One has to turn a blind eye to so much of oneself in order to get through life.”
I don’t know, I just thought that quite a poignant and appropriate line as I took the test.
My Myers-Briggs Personality Test Results
In order to discuss my results, I had better share them with you! I’ve block quoted it below for you to read.
ISTJ – The Duty Fulfiller
Serious and quiet, interested in security and peaceful living. Extremely thorough, responsible, and dependable. Well-developed powers of concentration. Usually interested in supporting and promoting traditions and establishments. Well-organized and hard working, they work steadily towards identified goals. They can usually accomplish any task once they have set their mind to it.
Do you think this sounds like me?
While I would consider myself quite serious and quiet, and definitely looking for a quiet and peaceful life, I would most definitely not have said I have well-developed powers of concentration. Not on important things anyway. Hand me a novel and I can focus on it, block out the outside world. Give me an assignment or a deadline I’m not enthusiastic about and I will procrastinate to the maximum extent. Heck, I even made a Christmas pudding instead of working on my last assignment I had to submit! I think that says a lot about my relationship with education…
16Personalities describes someone with an ISTJ personality as follows
The ISTJ personality type is thought to be the most abundant, making up around 13% of the population. Their defining characteristics of integrity, practical logic and tireless dedication to duty make ISTJs a vital core to many families, as well as organizations that uphold traditions, rules and standards, such as law offices, regulatory bodies and military. People with the ISTJ personality type enjoy taking responsibility for their actions, and take pride in the work they do – when working towards a goal, ISTJs hold back none of their time and energy completing each relevant task with accuracy and patience.
ISTJs don’t make many assumptions, preferring instead to analyze their surroundings, check their facts and arrive at practical courses of action. ISTJ personalities are no-nonsense, and when they’ve made a decision, they will relay the facts necessary to achieve their goal, expecting others to grasp the situation immediately and take action. ISTJs have little tolerance for indecisiveness, but lose patience even more quickly if their chosen course is challenged with impractical theories, especially if they ignore key details – if challenges becomes time-consuming debates, ISTJs can become noticeably angry as deadlines tick nearer.
When ISTJs say they are going to get something done, they do it, meeting their obligations no matter the personal cost, and they are baffled by people who don’t hold their own word in the same respect. Combining laziness and dishonesty is the quickest way to get on ISTJs’ bad side. Consequently, people with the ISTJ personality type often prefer to work alone, or at least have their authority clearly established by hierarchy, where they can set and achieve their goals without debate or worry over other’s reliability.
ISTJs have sharp, fact-based minds, and prefer autonomy and self-sufficiency to reliance on someone or something. Dependency on others is often seen by ISTJs as a weakness, and their passion for duty, dependability and impeccable personal integrity forbid falling into such a trap.
This sense of personal integrity is core to ISTJs, and goes beyond their own minds – ISTJ personalities adhere to established rules and guidelines regardless of cost, reporting their own mistakes and telling the truth even when the consequences for doing so could be disastrous. To ISTJs, honesty is far more important than emotional considerations, and their blunt approach leaves others with the false impression that ISTJs are cold, or even robotic. People with this type may struggle to express emotion or affection outwardly, but the suggestion that they don’t feel, or worse have no personality at all, is deeply hurtful.
…For It Is Better to Be Alone Than in Bad Company
ISTJs’ dedication is an excellent quality, allowing them to accomplish much, but it is also a core weakness that less scrupulous individuals take advantage of. ISTJs seek stability and security, considering it their duty to maintain a smooth operation, and they may find that their coworkers and significant others shift their responsibilities onto them, knowing that they will always take up the slack. ISTJs tend to keep their opinions to themselves and let the facts do the talking, but it can be a long time before observable evidence tells the whole story.
ISTJs need to remember to take care of themselves – their stubborn dedication to stability and efficiency can compromise those goals in the long term as others lean ever-harder on them, creating an emotional strain that can go unexpressed for years, only finally coming out after it’s too late to fix. If they can find coworkers and spouses who genuinely appreciate and complement their qualities, who enjoy the brightness, clarity and dependability that they offer, ISTJs will find that their stabilizing role is a tremendously satisfying one, knowing that they are part of a system that works.
Well, having read through all that, I think it’s safe to say I can agree with some of it, and completely disagree with other parts. But then, my mind goes back to that quote from The Crown that I mentioned above. And so, for that reason, I’m asking you, my friends and followers, whether you would agree with the description above?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! Have you taken the test, or do you plan on it just for a change of something to do? Share your results below and find others with the same personality type as you!
Have a great weekend everyone!