What’s Your MBTI Personality Type? Enrich Your Life Through Self-Discovery.

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The first time I heard of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test (MBTI), it was because my husband had to take this assessment at work.

Actually, many work places use this assessment due to its accuracy and easy-testing method

Learning about the personality types of people you work with (or socialize with or live with) can help with productive communication and a general better understanding of those who surround you. Also, for some people, it can help them get in touch with their own feelings, thoughts and the reasons behind some of their own actions. 

Take the test here and then read on to learn briefly about the 16 different personality types.

To completely understand this test, and your results, it’s best to have knowledge of the theory that it’s based on, which is Carl Jung’s theory of psychological types.

Essentially, Jung proposed the existence of two dichotomous pairs of cognitive functions:

the “rational” (judging) functions: thinking and feeling

and the “irrational” (perceiving) functions: sensation and intuition.

Jung believed that for an individual, these functions are expressed primarily in introverted or extroverted form. From this original idea, Myers and Briggs outlined their own theory of psychological type, and this is what the MBTI is based on.

Here’s a simple explanation of this typing from Wikipedia:

“Jung’s typological model regards psychological type as similar to left or right handedness: individuals are either born with, or develop, certain preferred ways of perceiving and deciding. The MBTI sorts some of these psychological differences into four opposite pairs, or dichotomies, with a resulting 16 possible psychological types.

None of these types are better or worse; however, Briggs and Myers theorized that individuals naturally prefer one overall combination of type differences.

In the same way that writing with the left hand is hard work for a right-hander, so people tend to find using their opposite psychological preferences more difficult, even if they can become more proficient (and therefore behaviorally flexible) with practice and development.

The 16 types are typically referred to by an abbreviation of four letters—the initial letters of each of their four type preferences (except in the case of intuition, which uses the abbreviation N to distinguish it from Introversion). For instance:

ESTJ: extroversion (E), sensing (S), thinking (T), judgment (J)

INFP: introversion (I), intuition (N), feeling (F), perception (P)

This method of abbreviation is applied to all 16 types.”

Once you’ve taken your personality typing quiz (linked above) you’ll discover which of the 16 types you are, as well as the percentages of each category that you registered within, and, in all honestly, once you know your type, Google search will bring up a plethora of information about it—more than I could ever include for all of the individual categories.

Another thing to keep in mind is that when professional companies use this, like the test my husband took and then introduced to me, they are generally of higher quality and more accuracy. That said, I’ve taken a fancier version of the test as well as three other online ones (including the source that I shared with you above) and all of the results were the same.

This chart displays ideal career paths (which is another reason that work places use this testing method):


Additionally, some types are more common than others. This chart includes a general population breakdown:

And I’m closing out this article with the best MBTI chart I’ve ever seen: one based on Downton Abbey characters.


Enjoy—and happy self-discovery.

“Whether people first hear about the two kinds of perception and two kinds of judgment as children, high school students, or parents or grandparents, the richer development of their own type can be a rewarding adventure for the rest of their lives.”

~Isabel Myers

Fun bonus: the thumbnail picture used for this article is my type (ENFJ). What’s yours? Leave it in the comments section below.



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Jennifer S. White

Jennifer S. White is a voracious reader, obsessive writer, passionate yoga instructor and drinker of hoppy ales. She’s also a devoted mama and wife (a stay-at-home yogi). She considers herself to be one of the funniest people who ever lived and she’s also an identical twin. In addition to her work on elephant journal, Jennifer has over 40 articles published on the wellness website MindBodyGreen and her yoga-themed column Your Personal Yogi ran in the newspaper Toledo Free Press. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in geology, absolutely no degrees in anything related to literature, and she currently owns a wheel of cheese. If you want to learn more about Jennifer, make sure to check out her writing, as she’s finally put her tendencies to over-think and over-share to good use. Jennifer is the author of The Best Day of Your Life, available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She’s also as excited as a five year old to announce the release of her second book, The Art of Parenting: Love Letters from a Mother, available on Amazon.

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anonymous Oct 24, 2015 4:21pm

I’ve always gotten INTJ on all the tests I’ve done, both formally and online. I’ve been intrigued with how spot on it seems to be without falling into the “predetermined personality” trap that other personality tests, as well as astrology, often do. It’s helped me to understand myself better and see what my strengths are along with fixing problem areas in my personality. Over the years since I first took the test in high school, I’ve shown signs of being the more “dictatorial” archetype that is stereotypical of the more negative INTJs, and slowly but purposefully driven myself towards the creative and thoughtful side of the spectrum. However, I’ll always love the nickname that INTJs have been given: the Masterminds 😉

anonymous Sep 6, 2015 10:03am

"The Power of Understanding People" by Dave Mitchell is an excellent book on the subject. Taking the 'letters' out of the interactive styles and giving a perspective that is light and non judgmental.

anonymous Jul 1, 2015 9:18pm

I’ve taken this test several different times and variations and I always get the same:ENTJ. My friends laugh because they say it’s so me. I have to agree.

anonymous Jun 27, 2015 9:16am

We used to do this a work and in groups we offered. One supervisor forced the introverts to move their offices to the front of the building putting the extroverts at the back supposedly to "balance" the office and getting everyone to mix. No one was happy. The extroverts were always out of their offices at the front talking to everyone and the introverts were exhausted because there was no place for the extroverts to go except into the front offices. Bad decision to decide unilaterally where should work.

anonymous May 8, 2015 12:15pm

What are the sources of the popular career choice and population breakdown charts you included?

"Popular career choices" may not be exactly the same as "ideal career paths."

anonymous May 6, 2015 6:44pm

I’m a qualified MBTI Master Practitioner who’s been working with the instrument for twenty years. Kindly allow me to point out that the official MBTI has a great deal of psychometric validity to it, whereas the free knock-off you link to in your article has zero validity, and even misrepresents what it measures. Most importantly, the numbers that are returned with the letters in no way measure the “strength” of anyone’s type; it merely measures level of confidence about whether a particular outcome fits. It’s called a Preference Clarity Index — well, that’s what it’s called on an official MBTI. I don’t know what to call it on a knock-off. On that note, it’s important to point out that even the official MBTI instruments is about 72% accurate, which is why it’s recommended that you take the real thing with a facilitator who can help you determine whether or not it fits you. And for those who are uncertain about the whole thing and don’t trust an assessment, there are some of us who offer professional services to take an individual through a type discovery process to help them identify their type pattern without using any assessment at all. Using this method, you learn the theories behind the assessment and select for yourself what fits you, rather than leaving it up to a computer scoring system.

There is more I could say, but that’s probably the most critical correction I’d like to offer from the professional side of things. 🙂

anonymous May 3, 2015 12:44am

I(67%) N(50%) T(12%) J(11%)

Always very close to this. Thanks for the fun!

anonymous May 2, 2015 11:55pm

I'm fascinated with personality deciphering. I study all of them. With this one, I get INFJ almost every time but finally came across one that gave me my percentages. I'm barely the F portion which makes me also a INTJ. So I investigated that personality and I identify with it as well. Probably explains why I went into accounting even though every career aptitude test I've taken said counseling. Thinking I would have been more satisfied with my career choice if I had gone into counseling with a research emphasis haha!

anonymous Mar 26, 2015 9:38pm

I’m an INFP through and through. Idealist, emotional, and very sensitive 🙂 It’s interesting to explore not just your MBTI type, but your Enneagram type as well; I’m a 4, the Individualist, which lines up with the dreamy specialness of the INFP.

anonymous Mar 19, 2015 11:56am

The four scales are not separate; they are in dynamism with one another. I am an INFP, which means a dominant introverted feeler (values) with auxiliary intuition.

anonymous Aug 4, 2014 8:41pm

I have taken the Myers-Briggs Test and gotten the same type every time: INFJ
What varies is my scale of I vs E. Sometimes, I'm close to the middle, but always an I.

anonymous Aug 4, 2014 5:53pm

What I find odd is, my letters change depending on what mood I'm in when I take it. But I'm always either ENFP or ENFJ. Anybody else?

anonymous Aug 4, 2014 2:55pm

ENFJ! Just like you. Job is Trainer/consultant!!

anonymous Jan 6, 2014 6:22pm

ENFJ for me too! Kindred spirits. Every time I take one of these tests, I assume it'll be different. AND IT NEVER IS. 🙂 Thanks for the great article.

Bob Weisenberg Nov 26, 2013 9:47pm

Did you know that the Bhagavad Gita anticipated modern personality types, and defined a distinct yoga for each of them? Here is an excerpt from "Different Yoga Strokes for Different Yoga Folks" http://bit.ly/17WJesB, part of "Gita in a Nutshell" http://bit.ly/17dDsya :

The ancient Yoga sage(s) who wrote the Gita recognized that different people would need different types of Yoga to match their personality types.

People who are primarily analytical in nature might feel most comfortable with Jnana Yoga, or the Yoga of Understanding. They like to think and philosophize about Yoga.

People who are primarily people oriented might be most attracted to Karma Yoga, or the Yoga of Action, which emphasizes selfless giving and compassion.

People who are highly emotional in nature might prefer Bhakti Yoga, or the Yoga of Love and Devotion, which emphasizes love, sacred chanting, mantras, and devotional kirtan music.

Finally, people who are what psychologists call “drivers” might tend towards Raja Yoga, or the Yoga of Meditation, as exemplified by the progressive spiritual attainment of the Yoga Sutra.

None of this is meant to pigeonhole people. We all have aspects of all these types within us. But most people have what psychologists call a “dominant style.” And, according to the Gita, all of these paths lead to the same place–a deep awareness of the infinite wonder of the universe.

I was surprised by how closely the types of Yoga in the Gita correspond to modern personality theory. It’s almost an exact match. The ancient Yoga guys figured out thousands of years ago that there are different Yoga strokes for different Yoga folks.

Bob W.
Yoga Demystified

    anonymous Nov 27, 2013 7:41am

    Thank you for this. This is entirely new to me but it also makes perfect sense.
    The ancient yogis had such a rich understanding of the body, mind and society. I'm forever enthralled by what digging into these texts, stories and lineages can uncover. Thanks for these links. I can't wait to dive in.

anonymous Nov 21, 2013 7:31pm

I've studied this quite a bit. After learning a lot about each of the cognitive functions, I realized I really am an INFJ. There's so much to study on Jung's typology if you really want to get into it.

    anonymous Nov 29, 2013 10:40am

    Jung is an absolute genius in my book. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment, Jennifer.

anonymous Nov 21, 2013 9:45am

This is me!

Introvert(22%) iNtuitive(25%) Feeling(38%) Judging(1%)

Now I’d better go explore what that means.

    anonymous Nov 21, 2013 7:27pm

    What , you too?

    You probably will spend a great deal of time exploring, peeling away the layers … we go deep!!

    anonymous Nov 29, 2013 10:40am

    Thanks, Cat! Hope you had fun and had your family take the test with you too 🙂

anonymous Nov 21, 2013 8:15am

INFJ and I work in private business. Of course, I hadn't risen very far.

But I feed off my rich interior life. And people think of me as "The Little Professor".

There's always one in the crowd …

anonymous Nov 21, 2013 7:34am

I have always gotten ENFP, no matter what version I take (my percentages do tend to fluctuate but barely). Every time I take a test, I think to myself, "This time, it'll be different." (maybe a characteristic of the ENFP profile?) Thank you, thank you for posting this!

    anonymous Nov 29, 2013 10:39am

    Thanks, Steph! (And you're welcome 😉

Kate Bartolotta Nov 21, 2013 6:28am

I've gotten INFJ and INFP in the past depending on which version of the test I take. I've found the research and writing on the subject to be incredibly helpful for understanding *why* I do things the way I do, as well as understanding and being patient with others. Thanks for writing this!

    anonymous Nov 21, 2013 6:43am

    Oh, that's fascinating. Do you remember your percentages of J/P? One of the reasons that I haven't shared this as an article before is because I've steered away from these online tests that are MBTI "like," but after taking four over the course of the years, they've all come up the same as my original years ago. You must be right on the border there and it vacillates between either test or time period?

    anonymous Nov 7, 2014 2:08pm

    I get the same things (INFJ and INFP) and feel the exact same way as you! Super fascinating!