Do you find that you often think about and approach things differently to your friends and family? We all have our own personality quirks, and this can sometimes lead to clashes or miscommunication. However, you may also notice that people in your life tend to have certain characteristics in common with each other. If you have, then you wouldn’t be the only one. Today, there are multiple ways of categorising people by their personality based on these observations, the Myers-Briggs arguably being the most common of them. There is still some debate over the validity of these personality tests in a scientific sense, but understanding common personalities and how to communicate with them can still be a valuable tool. They can also be valuable when choosing the right career. Read on to find out more about the main Myer-Briggs categories, and maybe you can figure out which one you are.
Myer briggs are usually identified by 4 letter category names, but they are also further divided into 4 major categories. The first, analysts, are categorised as highly logical and organised people. Of them, INTJs are known as architects. They are largely known for their strategic thinking, intuitive nature, and introverted personalities. As one of the rarer traits, INTJs are also commonly considered one of the more capable personality types. Similarly, INTPs are known to be strong thinkers, as well as particularly innovative ones. As such, INTP in relationships require partners who will challenge them intellectually. ENTJS are more leadership-oriented, but are characterised by their strong wills and imagination. Debaters are also one of the more extroverted analyst personality types, and are known for arguing passionately for any cause or issue they choose.
In comparison with analysts, diplomats are generally more committed to finding consensus solutions with people. INFJs, or advocates, are considered to be principled, have strong personal values, and are deeply thoughtful and idealistic. They are also considered one of the rarer personalities. Also known for their sensitivity and altruism, mediators are more spiritual than INFJs, and are particularly recognisable for their strong feelings towards music and art. Conversely, ENFJs are much more extroverted. Their passion and charisma make them natural born leaders. Similarly, ENFPs are also extroverted, but are less motivated by leadership and instead are more free-spirited.
Sentinels are arguably the most abundant personality category, potentially making up over a third of population. In particular, logisticians (ISTJ) and defenders (ISFJ) are quite common. While both are characterised as introverted and determined, ISTJs often apply this to spheres such as law offices and the military due to their analytical skills. ISFJs, meanwhile, are more motivated by protective instincts. ESTJs also have strong analytical abilities, but instead apply it to the management and administration of people. ESFJs, like ISFJs, have strong emotional intelligence and are empathetic, but are also more sociable.
Explorers, as opposed to sentinels and analysts, tend to pursue careers and experiences for the sheer pleasure of them. Like analysts, though, ISTPs are practical and often highly observant. They are also prolific creators, and are naturals with tools. As such, they often end up in mechanical and engineering professions. ISFPs similarly are committed creators, but are a little less down to earth and as such are more often found pursuing artistic endeavours. Both ESTPs and ESFPs are energetic, sociable, and outgoing. In terms of careers though, ESFPs tend to gravitate towards things which involve them being centre stage, entertainment being an ideal choice for many. ESTPs, meanwhile, are characterised as perceptive risk takers, and as such, are more common in the world of business.
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