For those of you who are like myself, and enjoy engaging in acts of self discovery, you might get a kick out of taking the Myers-Briggs personality test. It’s one of the more popular personality assessments out there, and it takes a relatively brief amount of time to complete. The assessment is loosely based on Carl Jung’s theory of typology – the idea that personalities, in a broad sense, can be categorized. According to Jung, there are 4 different categories that define an individual’s cognitive style: Extroversion vs. Introversion, Sensing vs. Intuition, Thinking vs. Feeling, and Perceiving vs. Judging. Let’s explore these attributes.

1. Extroversion vs. Introversion

Are you the type of person that feeds off of socializing, and gets a charge from interacting with the outside world? If so, you’ll probably be classified as an extrovert. They’re social butterflies and are usually rather charming. On the other hand, if you feel drained from having to socialize, need massive amounts of alone time to recuperate, and enjoy solitary activities, you’re likely an introvert.


2. Sensing vs. Intuition

Do you prefer to take life as it comes, and live in the present moment? You’re probably a sensor. Sensors form their view of the world by primarily by processing information via the five physical senses. They’re down to Earth and don’t easily get caught up in flights of fantasy. However, if you live more in the future than in the present, and prefer abstract conceptualizing to concrete thinking, you’re more than likely an Intuitive. These people are daydreamers and live with their head in the clouds. It’s all too easy for intuitives to get lost in their own imagination.

3. Thinking vs. Feeling

This category is pretty much self-explanatory. Thinkers prefer to make decisions based on logical criteria, while feelers make sense of the world through their emotions.

4. Perceiving vs. Judging

Are you the type of person who is sporadic and impulsive? Or do you prefer to have a game plan? Perceivers are typically quick to think on their feet. They find joy in spontaneity and beauty in chaos. Judgers, on the other hand, like to carefully plot out their goals and don’t mind routine.

All in all, there are a total of 16 different personalities, according to the Myers-Briggs assessment. It may not take into account all of the nuances of any given individual’s personality, but it does provide you with a fairly accurate summary. It falls somewhere in between a brain scan and a horoscope. You can check out several variations of this test online. Have some fun with it! Which personality type are you?

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