I took a couple of Myers-Briggs like tests. For those who are not familiar with this test, it is a tool used to identify one’s personality type. The idea being, if you can narrow a person’s type down it would help in relationships and identifying possible career paths. I have taken this test a few times over the years and I’m sure the traits have changed a bit as I have grown.
I found a couple of sites that offer the test and explanations for free. Personality Desk was simplistic, but the explanation of the types also included a Dynamics portion which detailed how the dominant and weak traits interact. Truity had a better test and much of the same info about the different types as Personality Desk. After taking the test I came up with my type being either ENTJ or ENTP. In most cases, I was very close on each element but the J & P were too close to call. I read through both, and I really could not tell you which one I am more like.
Perceivers like flexibility and spontaneity, and want to leave their options open. They prefer to:
- Put off a decision as long as possible
- Make the rules up as they go
- Have the freedom to be flexible
- Brainstorm options
- Do things when inspiration strikes
- Go with the flow and enjoy surprises
Judgers like structure and order, and want to make decisions and plan ahead. They prefer to:
- Make a decision as soon as possible
- Understand the rules and regulations
- Set clear expectations
- See a task through to completion
- Adhere to a schedule
- Create a plan and stick to it
In both cases, I can see myself. I put off decisions. I tend to flaunt rules and generally like to keep options open. I don’t always finish what I start, or at a minimum take a long time to complete. I hate surprises and I prefer a routine most of the time in my day to day life. But I don’t like having a schedule to stick to or making concrete plans.
I enjoy the exercise of getting to know myself better. I think it helps to improve myself and relationships with others. If you happen to read this, which do you think I am? What was your type?