One lazy Sunday morning as I was lying in bed with my girlfriend, we ended up in a ridiculous argument—as we often do. As she remained steadfast in her opinion, I rolled out of bed and pulled down a thumbed through copy of one of my books to prove my point. In a calm manner, I showed her why her stance was clearly wrong.
Instead of continuing the heated discussion, she rolled onto her back and looked at the ceiling for a moment.
As I wondered if she was searching for spider webs, she asked, “Have you ever taken the Myers-Briggs personality test?”
At that time, I was still ignorant about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and I simply snorted in derision at her question. When I was younger—I used to take the personality tests found online in order to ‘find myself.’ Those tests never worked—they were full of false hope and ideas. As I matured, I had given up on personality tests.
I Found My Type
While I didn’t take the test that day, it was the first time I heard of the MBTI and therefore when the idea was being tossed around at the office Christmas party, I wasn’t surprised to hear others gush about their results.
As it was a jovial atmosphere due to the amount of booze flowing when Tim, my fellow programmer, pushed for my test results—I simply answered I’d never taken the test.
His jaw dropped and I could see Tim’s mind racing as he booted up one of the company’s computers and tap-tapped until a website was pulled up.
“Come on! Take the test then.” Tim waved a hand at the computer screen.
I would have refused, but the pleading eyes of my colleagues as well as my slightly tipsy condition had me soon placed squarely in front of the computer answering questions.
As soon as my results (INTJ) popped up on the screen, I started to scroll through the description. Terms such as brilliant, confident, difficulty in certain social situations described the INTJ personality. Unlike prior tests taken online, I realized Myers-Briggs really captured me, not just in a positive light, but also reflecting my flaws.
My New Obsession
Over the next few weeks, I spent a lot of time reading further into INTJ personality types. This personality type really explained quite a bit about my life—why I was a programmer, my problems creating lasting long term friendships with other people and why I often became obsessed about various things in my life—including why I decided to create this website as I became obsessed with the MBTI. I even compared my girlfriend’s results—ENTP (which tends towards intuitive, extraverted personality types) with my own to see how we matched one another as well as the areas in which we contrasted.
When I was assigned a team project, I decided now was the time to really experiment with the MBTI test and its limitations. Instead of assigning members to roles individually, I required each individual to take the MBTI and then I matched the personality type with the task at hand. For example, if someone received ENFP—I placed them on the customer service end of the task since this personality is noted for being warm and caring.
The project was a huge success resulting in a promotion for myself as well as a few others! From that point on, I have learned to rely upon the MBTI in its ability to help me understand others and their personality types.
Using the Website
In the end, this is the reasoning behind this website. Although when my girlfriend originally mentioned the MBTI, I was skeptical—as I delved further into the subject, I realized how helpful understanding these 16 personality types can be. By understanding each type—you will be able to motivate and understand people at an individual level which will far exceed your current understanding.
Outside of understanding others, however, I want you to use this website to further understand yourself. Why you make the decisions you do, how to avoid mistakes in the future, areas you may need to work further on in your life as well as areas you exceed in—the MBTI will help illuminate your life in ways you won’t understand until you find your personality type and start reading up on it.
Finally have fun using this site! The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a fascinating tool to learn more about yourself and the people around you. After you’ve found your type, have the loved ones in your life take the test as well and compare results.
The MBTI may not reveal the secret of life, but it will help unveil layers of your personality you’ve never thought of before. Take the time to peruse my site and enjoy!