• Emma Buryd

You're Not THAT Special

Updated: Feb 8, 2021

We all want to feel unique, special even, but seriously, how weird and difficult a world we would live in - weirder than it is now anyway, if we were all completely different from each other, sharing no commonalities at all!? We'd all be our own little race *shudders* scary stuff. We're already pretty divided as it is, so thank goodness that although we are all a little unique and different, we share many-a trait in our quintessence, our nature; acting, feeling and the way we express ourselves and think.

Thankfully, there are certain traits and aspects of our personality that we share, which is why psychology has been able to codify and (group certain differentiation in personality types and even give them cool names, more on that later.

The Myers-Briggs Indicator is an introspective self-report questionnaire indicating differing psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions and is one of the most popular personality tests today, among other things, because of its easy to understand nature.

Some of us have more spontaneous and adventurous personalities, others more introspective and shy, in short, what is yours? We tell you all about the 16 personality types according to the Myers-Briggs indicator.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

Personality is what brings together our behaviour patterns, our emotional and cognitive traits that are there in us throughout our lives. What the Myers-Briggs indicator does is that it classifies those traits and patterns into 16 different personality types in which it explores the most important and unique aspects of each one globally.

“Oh, like the zodiac signs” Uhmm ... no, it's a little more complicated than that, let's see.

To achieve this, the Myers-Briggs indicator performs a test that is based on criteria about our personality previously established by the psychologist and psychiatrist Carl Jung, the colleague (not his students as often cited) of the infamous Sigmund Freud and the differences in people in this way.

Here's is the key to the MBTI test:

  • How we focus attention or obtain our energy: Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I)

  • How we perceive or take information: Intuition (N) or Sensation (S)

  • How we prefer to make our decisions: Thinking (T) or Feeling (F)

  • How we orient ourselves to the outside world: Judgment (J) or Perception (P)

It's basically like a test that you can't fail. Easy right?

The 16 Personality Types

1. ESTJ: Supervisor

It is the personality type of the executive or inspector. They are assertive and like to be in control; They are excellent managers of both things and people, they are practical, they like to organize and manage activities.

2. ESTP: Promoter

Those who belong to this type of personality are also called the entrepreneurs or promoters of the group. They are intelligent and energetic people, spontaneous, happy and active. They tend to be leaders and dominate because they are charismatic and insightful.

3. ESFJ: Provider

They are cooperative, expressive, sociable, popular and considerate people. They are always there ready to help and take care of their close circle. Since they like their circle to be stable, they tend to avoid strong conflicts and are very diplomatic in their arguments.

4. ESFP: Performer

The possessors of this personality type like to entertain themselves and others. They are fun, happy, spontaneous and very energetic.

They are unconventional and look for creative ways to satisfy their needs. They are excellent team players.

5. ISTJ: Inspector

Facts are very important for this type of personality because they are people with a high sense of morality and duty, so they are extremely reliable. Whatever they do has to make sense to them and they put all the energy into doing it, but if it's not relevant to them they don't bother with it. They like to plan and implement rule systems so that they work logically and clearly.

6. ISTP: Operator

This is one of the personality types of quiet people, with a special interest in understanding how systems work. They are excellent at analyzing situations, finding the problem, and providing practical solutions. Although they are reserved people, they are also spontaneous and very observant. They have a penchant for high-risk activities that fill them with adrenaline.

7. ISFJ: Protector

We could call them the defenders of the group. They are caring, observant and cooperative people who care about the welfare of others and it makes them really happy to help those in need. Its realization is the safety of others.

8. ISFP: Composer

Adventurers and composers of their own lives, they are quiet people who live at their own pace and in the moment. They are always looking for novelty and situations that stimulate their senses for what is a very typical personality type of artists. Their values ​​are very important to them and they do not need to discuss them or share their point of view. They are cheerful, spontaneous, warm and caring about their people.

9. ENTJ: Field Marshal

The commanders, leaders of the group, are people with a very strong will, they are bold and imaginative and they are always paving a path and adapting it to change as the environment varies. It is one of the personality types that perform best in leadership and assertiveness. They have agile and strategic ways of thinking and are good communicators of their ideas.

10. ENTP: Inventor

Innovators or inventors are extremely curious people with fascinating mental agility. They are people who love to answer questions that stimulate them intellectually, they like challenges of this type and can become competitive. If innovative solutions are needed, these are the right people to get them.

11. ENFJ: Teacher

They are those protagonists, such as teachers who are charismatic leaders and who manage to be really heard by their audience. They are people who expect the best from those around them and motivate them to achieve it. They are good communicators, expressive and cooperative. They are quite creative and manage to improvise very well when they have not been able to organize or plan something as they like. They are good at influencing the behaviour of others.

12. ENFP: Champion

They are happy and positive people who are always laughing, with a free spirit, very sociable and creative. They are very good at motivating other people, inviting them to participate in their convictions. They are activists, and they get involved in collective tasks in which they can help others seeking to have a social impact.

13. INTJ: Mastermind

They are imaginative and very strategic thinkers, very good at reasoning and solving problems based on analysis. They are people who see the world through their own ideas and they are the centre of their thoughts. They trust their own judgment a lot and love knowledge, so they may be experts in some area.

14. INTP: Architect

This is a much more reflective personality type, although as in the previous one they also have an insatiable thirst for knowledge. They are people who explain everything that happens from theories, which they value much more than solving specific problems. They can be perfectionists and may be correcting others often.

15. INFJ: Counselor

The rarest personality type. They are those people that we consider advisers. They are gentle, kind, sensitive, reserved, and cooperative. They are very intuitive and empathetic and listen actively so they manage to communicate well with others in a personalized way. They read the emotions of others very well and are prone to both reflection and action.

16. INFP: Healer

This is one of the personality types that people we see as mediators. They tend to be the type fo people who care about helping good causes, albeit with a less moralistic sense than INFJs. They are creative people with a remarkable aesthetic and artistic sensibility, they are also altruistic and very kind people.

So, which personality best represents you and why?

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