Classify Me: I’ve Got Personality!
We’ve all got personality. Some of us are outgoing and flamboyant, while others of us are reserved and introspective. Is it possible to classify a person’s personality traits using a simple assessment (test)?
Isabel Briggs Myers and her mother Katharine Briggs developed an assessment to do just that: identify and describe personalities. To help classify personalities, the pair thought of four different categories that they believed could identify complete personality types:
- Favorite world
- Do you prefer to focus on the outer world or on your own inner world? This is called Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I).
- Do you prefer to focus on the basic information you take in, or do you prefer to interpret and add meaning? This is called Sensing (S) or Intuition (N).
- When making decisions, do you prefer to first look at logic and consistency or first look at the people and special circumstances? This is called Thinking (T) or Feeling (F).
- In dealing with the outside world, do you prefer to get things decided or do you prefer to stay open to new information and options? This is called Judging (J) or Perceiving (P).
When you decide your preferences for each of the categories, you can put the letters together and compile your personality type into one of the following 16 personality types:
Learn more about each personality type from the Myers-Briggs Personality Types—Basics webpage.
Instructions: Classify Yourself
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator isn’t perfect. Its validity and reliability may be low, and the results don’t correlate well with future success. Still, the MBTI is an interesting assessment, in that it attempts to classify data (people) into personality types. To assess which personality type best fits you, try it out!
- Navigate to this Jung personality test (similar to the original Myers-Briggs instrument, but free!), and complete it.
- Write a reflection about the results:
- What do you think about the process?
- Do the results accurately predict your personality?
- Post your reflection to a shared space provided to you by your teacher.
- Read some of your classmates’ posts, and respond.