MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator)

10 Dec

I had a lovely dinner this evening with a friend who has just finished up her graduate work here and is moving on to Chicago in pursuit of bigger and better things.  While at the dinner, I met several of her friends who I didn’t know beforehand.

One interesting topic that came up a couple of different times was that of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (essentially a personality type classification scheme).  Apparently, a couple of them are really interested in it.  I then go home and find out that Em had just read a few articles about the MBTI test and librarians.

I had taken this at least a couple of times, but it has been a while (years).  But since it happened to come up twice in the same night, I decided that now was as good a time as any to find a free online test to give me my personality type.


So it turns out that I am an ENTJ:

  • Extrovert over introvert – distinct (67%)
  • Intuition over sensing – moderate (25%)
  • Thinking over feeling – slight (12%)
  • Judging over perceiving – moderate (33%)

Now, of course, there are problems with these kinds of tests.  Sometimes individuals answer how they think they are or how they want to be instead of how they are.  Many of these questions could be interpreted in multiple ways – given a specific situation for some of the questions, I could have easily answered many of them in different ways.  Some of them are worded in ways which might bias individuals in one direction of another.  This also doesn’t address a lot of the complexities of different individuals (though a 16-type scheme is fairly complex).

All that being said, it was still a fun and interesting little test to take.  According to the website, I should be pursuing business management, management of education, politics, law, counseling, or higher/post-secondary education.  Seems fitting?

Try out the test!

What are you??

Do you buy the whole idea of the MBTI?



Posted by on December 10, 2012 in Projects/Activities, sociology


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10 responses to “MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator)

  1. Jordan

    December 10, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    I’m an ENTJ too. So are FDR, Nixon, Margaret Thatcher, Al Gore, Steves Jobs and Martin, Harrison Ford, Jim Carrey, David Letterman, and Whoopi Goldberg. At least according to Joe Butt:

    My scores:
    Extravert(11%) iNtuitive(75%) iNtuitive Thinking(6%) Judging(22%)
    You have slight preference of Extraversion over Introversion (11%)
    You have distinctive preference of Intuition over Sensing (75%)
    You have slight preference of Thinking over Feeling (6%)
    You have slight preference of Judging over Perceiving (22%)


    • trokspot

      December 10, 2012 at 2:28 PM

      I think that this basically means that we are destined for success…

      I do think that mine overestimated my “extrovertedness”… A little more context probably would’ve been helpful for some of those questions (i.e. I’m pretty outgoing and comfortable in groups where I already know the people, but put me in a group of strangers and I am not the first one to go up to others and make friends).

      Either way, things are looking up for us as ENTJers…haha


  2. Al

    December 10, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    INTJ – not too surprising, but I might have been harsh on my introversion vs. extraversion…

    You have slight preference of Introversion over Extraversion (11%)
    You have moderate preference of Intuition over Sensing (38%)
    You have distinctive preference of Thinking over Feeling (62%)
    You have slight preference of Judging over Perceiving (22%)

    I may not be successful, but I am weird:

    “INTJs are one of the rarest of the sixteen personality types, and account for about 1–4% of the population.”


    • trokspot

      December 10, 2012 at 6:04 PM

      Yeah, that’s kind of funny because I often think of you as somewhat of a social butterfly who loves to work a crowd (all kidding of “Fun Al” aside!). I guess that your preference was only “slightly” introverted though.

      And I’m not sure what that says that you are among the rarest…hahaha.


  3. Buddy

    December 10, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Damn, I am an ENTJ too. I am just like Mike and Jordan. This is so weird.


    • trokspot

      December 10, 2012 at 7:36 PM

      I bet you kept retaking it until you got the same results because you want to be just like Jordan and me.


  4. Jac

    December 10, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    It said that I was an HJEC


    • trokspot

      December 11, 2012 at 8:39 AM

      Hahahahaha. Excellent!


    • Andy

      December 12, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      Awesome. Good old-fashioned SAE throwback joke. Never gets old.



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