Hello you little treasures!
Have you ever wondered why you are the way you are? I frequently ponder this, and so naturally I went to the Internet for answers. I came across the Myers-Briggs personality test, and decided to give it a go. The results were pretty interesting, to say the least. I felt like they described me almost perfectly, like it was me, on paper. So, I thought I’d come on here and share with you what my results were, what they mean, and how accurate I think they are.
What is the Myers-Briggs Personality Test?
You may be asking this very question right now. If you’ve never heard of it, The Myers-Briggs instrument is essentially a test that determines how you see the world around you and make decisions. The questions help determine what you do with the information around you, and how you apply it to your life. To read the official literature on it, visit their website. Here’s a big disclaimer: The official test is about $50, which I wasn’t about to spend on an online test, so I took this one.
My Type on Paper
Yes, that is a Love Island reference, and no, I am not ashamed. I ended up testing out as an INTP-T. Sometimes referred to as “The Logician,” the INTP type is fairly rare, making up only about 3% of the population. They are the architects, philosopher and dreamy professor types. Famous INTPs include Bill Gates, Issac Newton, Einstein, Ellen Page, even Lord Varys from GoT.
What Does It All Mean?
Logicians pride themselves on their inventiveness, creativity and intellect. INTPs love patterns, and finding discrepancies within those patterns. They value honesty, which is ironic, because their word should be taken with a grain of salt. It isn’t that they purposefully lie, but people with this personality type are prone to sharing thoughts that aren’t fully developed, using others as a sounding board. Logicians wake up with a mind buzzing with ideas, which can have the effect of making them appear dreamy and detatched. Really, they quite relaxed and friendly with people they know or who share common interests. However, Logicians can be painfully shy around strangers. INTPs are unlikely to understand emotion-based explanations, or be a source of emotional support. Rather, they will offer up logical solutions, rather than empathetic encouragement. One thing that holds them back is a relentless fear of failure. This personality type is prone to self-doubt and re-assesment, which can lead to stagnation. For a full overview, see this webpage.
Strengths & Weaknesses
- Strengths: Great analytical & abstract thinkers, imaginative and original, open-minded, enthusiastic, objective, honest & straightforward.
- Weaknesses: Very private & withdrawn, insensitive, absent-minded, condescending, loathe rules & guidelines, second-guess themselves.
For more on strengths & weaknesses of INTPs, read this.
Is That Really Me?
So after I read all of the information on my personality type, I had a think about whether I felt it was accurate or not. To be honest, I think most of it is. For starters- I’m definitely an introvert. I don’t like big crowds, and I’m most comfortable with people I already know. I find it so nerve-wracking to meet new people, to the point where I avoid situations where I might have to. Even when I do go to events with lots of people, I’m left feeling drained and tired.
As far as the way I think, I agree that my mind is always going, new ideas are always finding their way in. This makes me really easily distracted, so much so that I often lose my train of thought mid-sentence. I like to think that I’m fairly open-minded, in that if plausible information is presented to me, I’m capable of changing my opinion on something. I pride myself on being as objective and honest as possible, and trying not to let emotions cloud my judgement.
The weaknesses part really hit me hard. I felt like this personality type made me sound cold and unfeeling-but from an objective point of view, I can see how I could come off that way. I do find it difficult to relate when people are very emotional, and honestly I am so awkward when people have emotional outbursts in front of me. I’m not so great at the hugging-crying bit. And to be fair, I do second-guess myself a lot. I hate making decisions and it can get to the point where I second-guess myself so much that I just don’t do anything about it. As far as being condescending- I find it difficult to articulate my thought process at times, which can lead to me simplifying things to the point of insult.
Learning all this has definitely given me a new perspective, not only on how I am as a person, but how I am perceived by other people. I found a lot of truth in how the INTP personality described me, and knowledge is power. There are definitely things to work on, and be mindful of for the future.
Have you ever taken a Myers-Briggs test? What were your results, and did you feel they were accurate? Let me know in the comments below!
As always, thanks for reading & stay golden!