What would knowing yours Myers-Briggs personality type do for you?
Could it give you more…
- Hope for the future?
While knowing your personality won’t solve all of your problems, it can help you…
- Identify your greatest strengths and contributions to a team
- Find work that fits you
- Determine which environments suit you best
- Understand how you relate to people and recharge
- Figure how you are 1) like everyone else, 2) like some other people, and 3) like no one else
Parker Palmer put it well when he said, “Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.”
Gain Direction and Confidence
With self-understanding come direction and confidence. If you don’t yet know who you are and what you’re made to do, you can find out!
It took me a long time to figure out who I am, but when I finally did, things started to click. I realized why I didn’t think and act like other people and that I wasn’t weird or messed up. I also started to figure out how I should invest my time to make the most of my gifts and better serve those around me.
When you figure out your personality, you’ll feel the same way, but how can you do it for free?
Determine Your Type for Free
While I’m a big fan of the Myers-Briggs Personality Profile (MBTI), the official assessment that helps you determine your Myers-Briggs personality, I realize not everyone wants to pay for it. Fortunately, there are number of reliable free tests that’ll help you achieve the same result. (This is one of my favorites.)
One of the best ways to figure out and confirm your personality, however, is to read about the preferences. By preferences, I mean the four pairs of tendencies that make up each of the 16 Myers-Briggs personality types.
The Myers-Briggs preferences include:
- Introversion and Extroversion – How people get energy
- Sensing and Intuition – The ways people collect information
- Thinking and Feeling – How people make decisions
- Judging and Perceiving – How people prefer to order their worlds
Every personality is made up of four preferences taken from eight possible. An INTP, for example, is comprised of the following preferences:
- Intuitive (Represented by an “N”, since introvert already takes the “I”)
If you read about each pair of preferences (introvert/extrovert, sensor/intuitive, feeler/thinker, perceiver/judger) and figure out which ones best describe you, you can determine your personality for FREE. Better yet, you’ll walk away with a rich understanding of what your personality type means – something most people who just take the test lack.
Start Out Right
This is where I went wrong at first: I took the MBTI, but I didn’t learn about the preferences. Consequently, for a long time, I thought I was someone I was not. It wasn’t until I read about each of the preferences that I truly figured out and understood my personality.
Why not save yourself a lot of frustration and time by starting right? Read about each pair of preferences, determine which ones describe you best, and figure out your Myers-Briggs personality type for free!
To help you do it, I’ve written four posts. Each one explains a different pair of preferences (introvert/extrovert, sensor/intuitive, etc.) with the aim of helping you figure out which describes you best. After you finish reading all four posts, you’ll have figured out your four preferences and your Myers-Briggs personality.
You’ll get a sense of direction and level of self-understanding you may have never had before.
What are you waiting for? Check out the first post Introvert or Extrovert? to get started!