The Myers-Briggs Personality Test

DISCLAIMER: I did the free one. More accurately, I did 4 of the free ones, and the results were more or less consistent across all 4 so I think that counts as the real deal. The one I found the most thorough was from 16Personalities. Also I don’t delve into the letters after the dash in this post, I just focus on the 4 main letters but feel free to do all the independent research you want and share it with others! Also, also, since this was a causal post I pulled most of my info from Wikipedia – I donate to them sometimes they ask so there’s no shame in my game.

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A brief overview:

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator was developed by Katherine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers. It’s based heavily on Carl Jung’s theory that an individual’s experience of the world can be described through the category’s sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking, with one of these categories being the dominant trait for a person most of the time. The self-reported questionnaire asks you to rate things like “I’d rather spend a night in with a book than go to a large social event” and “I often see multiple outcomes to an event rather than seeing one correct outcome”. The more questions the test has, the more “accurate” the personality results will be.

This particular test, especially the free ones, are obviously not 100% accurate and could potentially be compared to the concept of astrological signs and their corresponding personality traits. Regardless of the logic or science behind it, as humans were inherently interested in ourselves more than almost anything else in the world. We want to know why we do the things we do and why we think the things we think. Tests like the Myers-Briggs personality test or The Big Five personality traits (openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism) can help us figure out a bit about how we approach big life decisions or what personality types are the best to balance us out.

The latter is where I feel like we start moving into “So, what’s your sign?” territory, which can be good and bad. Since personality and the way our mind works play such a large role in our experience of the world and how we interact with others, I think it’s pretty interesting to know what personality type you might be best suited for. It goes without saying that you shouldn’t judge someone entirely on four letters, nor should you assume you’re destined to be soulmates if those four letters happen to be perfectly balanced by another’s. Like horoscopes, all of this should be taken with a grain of salt. That being said, I will always believe that I’m a Scorpio through and through, and as an ENFP I identify with pretty much every description I read, both good and bad.

Like listening to someone describe every detail of the dream they had last night, I’m sure you’d rather take the test and read your own results than mine, but I figured I’d include mine here anyway to give a sense of the kind of info the test claims to provide based on your results. Also, I’m not sure if it’s true of the descriptions of every result or what, but mine (ENFP / Campaigner) makes me sound like the absolute best person in the world and suggests that everyone wants to be around me all the time which I can 104% say is not the case, so again, remember to treat this as an overarching description of someone’s personality rather than a hard and fast description. BEGIN COPY & PASTE:


CAMPAIGNER PERSONALITY (ENFP, -A/-T)

CAMPAIGNER
It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for – and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool – for love – for your dreams – for the adventure of being alive.


Oriah Mountain Dreamer
The Campaigner personality is a true free spirit. They are often the life of the party, but unlike types in the Explorer Role group, Campaigners are less interested in the sheer excitement and pleasure of the moment than they are in enjoying the social and emotional connections they make with others. Charming, independent, energetic and compassionate, the 7% of the population that they comprise can certainly be felt in any crowd.


You Can Change the World With Just an Idea
More than just sociable people-pleasers though, Campaigners, like all their Diplomat cousins, are shaped by their Intuitive (N) quality, allowing them to read between the lines with curiosity and energy. They tend to see life as a big, complex puzzle where everything is connected – but unlike Analyst personality types, who tend to see that puzzle as a series of systemic machinations, Campaigners see it through a prism of emotion, compassion and mysticism, and are always looking for a deeper meaning.


Campaigners are fiercely independent, and much more than stability and security, they crave creativity and freedom.
Many other types are likely to find these qualities irresistible, and if they’ve found a cause that sparks their imagination, Campaigners will bring an energy that oftentimes thrusts them into the spotlight, held up by their peers as a leader and a guru – but this isn’t always where independence-loving Campaigners want to be. Worse still if they find themselves beset by the administrative tasks and routine maintenance that can accompany a leadership position. Campaigners’ self-esteem is dependent on their ability to come up with original solutions, and they need to know that they have the freedom to be innovative – they can quickly lose patience or become dejected if they get trapped in a boring role.


Don’t Lose That ’Little Spark of Madness’
Luckily, Campaigners know how to relax, and they are perfectly capable of switching from a passionate, driven idealist in the workplace to that imaginative and enthusiastic free spirit on the dance floor, often with a suddenness that can surprise even their closest friends. Being in the mix also gives them a chance to connect emotionally with others, giving them cherished insight into what motivates their friends and colleagues. They believe that everyone should take the time to recognize and express their feelings, and their empathy and sociability make that a natural conversation topic.

The Campaigner personality type needs to be careful, however – if they rely too much on their intuition, assume or anticipate too much about a friend’s motivations, they can misread the signals and frustrate plans that a more straightforward approach would have made simple. This kind of social stress is the bugbear that keeps harmony-focused Diplomats awake at night. Campaigners are very emotional and sensitive, and when they step on someone’s toes, they both feel it.

Campaigners will spend a lot of time exploring social relationships, feelings and ideas before they find something that really rings true. But when they finally do find their place in the world, their imagination, empathy and courage are likely to produce incredible results.


Campaigners You May Know:

Robin Williams // Will Smith // Drew Barrymore // Robert Downey Jr. // Michael Scott (The Office), Phil Dunphy (Modern Family) // Willy Wonka // Carrie Bradshaw


Campaigner Strengths
Curious – When it comes to new ideas, Campaigners aren’t interested in brooding – they want to go out and experience things, and don’t hesitate to step out of their comfort zones to do so. Campaigners are imaginative and open-minded, seeing all things as part of a big, mysterious puzzle called life.
Observant – Campaigners believe that there are no irrelevant actions, that every shift in sentiment, every move and every idea is part of something bigger. To satisfy their curiosity, Campaigners try to notice all of these things, and to never miss a moment.
Energetic and Enthusiastic – As they observe, forming new connections and ideas, Campaigners won’t hold their tongues – they’re excited about their findings, and share them with anyone who’ll listen. This infectious enthusiasm has the dual benefit of giving Campaigners a chance to make more social connections, and of giving them a new source of information and experience, as they fit their new friends’ opinions into their existing ideas.
Excellent Communicators – It’s a good thing that Campaigners have such strong people skills, or they’d never express these ideas. Campaigners enjoy both small talk and deep, meaningful conversations, which are just two sides of the same coin for them, and are adept at steering conversations towards their desired subjects in ways that feel completely natural and unforced.
Know How to Relax – It’s not all “nature of the cosmos” discussions with Campaigners – people with this personality type know that sometimes, nothing is as important as simply having fun and experiencing life’s joys. That Intuitive trait lets Campaigners know that it’s time to shake things up, and these wild bursts of enthusiastic energy can surprise even their closest friends.
Very Popular and Friendly – All this adaptability and spontaneity comes together to form a person who is approachable, interesting and exciting, with a cooperative and altruistic spirit and friendly, empathetic disposition. Campaigners get along with pretty much everyone, and their circles of friends stretch far and wide.


Campaigner Weaknesses:
Poor Practical Skills – When it comes to conceiving ideas and starting projects, especially involving other people, Campaigners have exceptional talent. Unfortunately their skill with upkeep, administration, and follow-through on those projects struggles. Without more hands-on people to help push day-to-day things along, Campaigners’ ideas are likely to remain just that – ideas.
Find it Difficult to Focus – Campaigners are natural explorers of interpersonal connections and philosophy, but this backfires when what needs to be done is that TPS report sitting right in front of them. It’s hard for Campaigners to maintain interest as tasks drift towards routine, administrative matters, and away from broader concepts.
Overthink Things – Campaigners don’t take things at face value – they look for underlying motives in even the simplest things. It’s not uncommon for Campaigners to lose a bit of sleep asking themselves why someone did what they did, what it might mean, and what to do about it.
Get Stressed Easily – All this overthinking isn’t just for their own benefit – Campaigners, especially Turbulent ones, are very sensitive, and care deeply about others’ feelings. A consequence of their popularity is that others often look to them for guidance and help, which takes time, and it’s easy to see why Campaigners sometimes get overwhelmed, especially when they can’t say yes to every request.
Highly Emotional – While emotional expression is healthy and natural, with Campaigners even viewing it as a core part of their identity, it can come out strongly enough to cause problems for this personality type. Particularly when under stress, criticism or conflict, Campaigners can experience emotional bursts that are counter-productive at best.
Independent to a Fault – Campaigners loathe being micromanaged and restrained by heavy-handed rules – they want to be seen as highly independent masters of their own fates, even possessors of an altruistic wisdom that goes beyond draconian law. The challenge for Campaigners is that they live in a world of checks and balances, a pill they are not happy to swallow.


CAMPAIGNER RELATIONSHIPS
When it comes to relationships, there’s hardly anyone around who is more excited than Campaigners to share with their partners the bounty of ideas and eye-opening experiences that life has to offer. For people with the Campaigner personality type, relationships are a joyous process of mutual exploration and imagination, a chance to connect with another soul. Campaigners take their relationships seriously, and are known for their uninhibited and unshakeable devotion to the people to whom they’ve committed their hearts.

Campaigners have the advantage of irresistible charm when it comes to attracting a partner – Campaigners’ warmth, excitement and passion are simply alluring.
In the dating phase, if Campaigners can be said to tolerate such a formal process to begin with, they will show these qualities by showering their new flames with affection, and will do everything they can to build a strong relationship by demonstrating their devotion and reliability by whatever means available.


CAMPAIGNER ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS
You Cannot Live Without a Fire
Long-distance relationships are quite common among Campaigners, as they view physical distance as just another idea, no match for concepts like love. This gives them the chance to demonstrate their commitment, both by staying true despite the physical separation, and with overtures of effort to surprise their partners, crossing that distance on a whim. These are demonstrations of Campaigners’ mystery, idealism and deep emotion, and such efforts often keep the flames of a relationship burning bright.

People with the Campaigner personality type express these ideals sexually as well, exploring the physical with imagination and passion, viewing these times together as a chance to let their feelings for each other shine, sharing their love and affection. Campaigners will willingly experiment with their partners, even early in a relationship, but they can also be oddly perfectionistic, believing that these physical acts are a representation of their deeper love, and as such should not be performed carelessly. This perfectionism is also a reflection of their sensitivity, their desire to not disappoint, and Campaigners appreciate a well-placed compliment.

Not everyone can handle the excitement, occasional neediness, and emotional ups and downs that this philosophy entails, whether long-distance or long-term, mystical or physical. Campaigners constantly explore new ideas and improvements, fantasize about future possibilities – in dating, this tendency to look at potential rather than the present can be self-defeating, and their spontaneity makes it harder to stay focused on their end goal of a long-term relationship. If their partners aren’t able to reciprocate these acts of excitement and devotion, Campaigners will likely end up feeling unhappy and misunderstood.

So, You Think You Know the Real Me?
Campaigners go all-in with their relationships, and if they fall apart despite their efforts, they can end up plagued with questions about why the relationship failed and what they could have done differently – without a buoy, these thoughts can crush Campaigners’ self-esteem as they sink into depression. It’s important for Campaigner personalities, as with anyone, to remember that relationships are in all ways mutual – mutual interest, mutual growth, and mutual responsibility – and they can’t be solely accountable.

After a trial like this, Campaigners may be reluctant to open up and commit, and it can take years for a partner to navigate their bewildering depth and intensity, falsely believing that Campaigners’ enthusiasm and apparent openness means that they wear everything on their sleeves. The reality is that Campaigners’ spontaneity, the seeming inconsistency and erraticism the untrained eye sees, isn’t a product of flightiness or lack of depth, but the opposite – it is a drive to express ideas about a mystical, all-encompassing energy, in the confines of a physical world, and underlying it all is the uniting principle of love, expressed in many different ways, but unshakeable and infinite at its core.


CAMPAIGNER FRIENDS
As friends, Campaigners are cheerful and supportive, always sharing and developing ideas, and staying open-minded, taking in others’ thoughts and feelings. This warmth and sincerity makes people with the Campaigner personality type masters of drawing people out of their shells, and as a result they tend to have a huge circle of friends.

As with other relationships, Campaigners view their friendships as opportunities to experience another angle of the universe, and tend to imbue potential friendships with that weighty and idealistic quality.
An Exciting Adventure
More outgoing types will naturally gravitate towards them, but Campaigners will also go to great lengths and be surprisingly persistent in their efforts to get to know more reserved personalities. Their ability to tune into others and speak their language with that characteristic infectious enthusiasm helps them in this endeavor, and the allure of mystery that reserved types, especially Introverted Intuitives, bring to the table will keep Campaigners intrigued for years. These personality types may never be able to reciprocate the breadth of human interest that Campaigners present, but they do appreciate Campaigners’ efforts.

But Campaigners’ interest in others can be a double-edged sword – this pure idealism comes with certain expectations, and too often Campaigners hold their friends in an unrealistic light, expecting them to keep up with the constant flow of ideas and experiences that they consider integral to life. Campaigners put their whole hearts into their friendships, and it can come as a shock for them to find that their friends aren’t the flawless Titans that they believed them to be. Whether it’s simple social fatigue or a focus on the physical and the practical instead of the mystical, people with the Campaigner personality type can find themselves disappointed by what they see as a lack of substance beneath the surface.

Campaigner friends
Campaigners tend to get deeply involved in others’ lives, going to great lengths and efforts to be the selfless, caring and supportive people they are, and all the while forget to take care of themselves. Both in terms of basic needs like financial stability and rest, as well as more emotional needs like mutual understanding and reciprocation, Campaigner personalities tend to give much more of themselves than most are even capable of giving back. This sort of imbalance isn’t sustainable, as (seemingly) one-sided generosity often leads to criticism and resentment on both sides.

Making Life Spectacular
Luckily, Campaigners are open-minded and sincere enough in their friendships, and connect with and understand even their acquaintances well enough, that they recognize that not everyone expresses themselves in the same ways, and that that’s okay. Their sensitivity may make it too challenging to play with more critical and argumentative personalities, such as strongly expressed Thinking (T) and Judging (J) types, but they do appreciate, even cherish, the company of most anyone who appreciates theirs, and the adventures and experiences they have together are the stuff a good life is made of.


Thus ends the long-winded and extremely thorough description of an ENFP. I’ve left out some sections (believe it or not) and again, encourage you to take the test for yourself and read through your own results – it’s much more fun than reading a stranger’s!

As always, thanks for reading,

-k

2 thoughts on “The Myers-Briggs Personality Test”

  1. Kewl! You provided alot of detail.

    I really like 2 BOOKS on the 16 Myers-Briggs Types.
    1. Type Talk by Kroeger and Thuessen
    2. Life Types by Hirsch and Kummerow
    Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble books should have these. Both books have profiles on all 16 types.

    I have a criticism, of what I see, and have seen, for some years now, online about type. It’s this:
    The books above, which I highly recommend, are very largely about the 4 letters of each type. Good! But Online, it’s a whole different ball-game. heck, it almost might as well be a whole different system! What am I talking about? FUNCTIONS. Waayyyy too much. Online, the current mania is “All functions, all the time.” Instead of the 4 letter, people drone on and on and on about: Extroverted feeling, Introverted Intuition, introverted sensing…..as if the 4 letters don’t even count anymore!

    I feel that alot of that goes back to a guy on Youtube (some years back) who went by the name of “Dave Superpowers”. He made “a ton” of videos, back when there was less written online about type. He had “less competition”, talked kinda fast, sounded like he was confident……and I think far too many folks just didn’t bother to question him at all and just went along with things. But–

    Who IS he?
    Did he ever write any book?
    Was he ever Certified at all? Is/was he trained? Where? By who?
    Whatever happened to him? (His videos are probably still on Youtube, but that was some years back).
    He was reeeeeally into “Functions”. He talked about it over and over. Is he right? How do we know? Or, did he simply “out-POST” many other folks on Youtube?

    I would trust the Books over anyone on Youtube. And the book listed above were before so many people online decided to write thir own eBook, like now.
    #PersonalityTypes #16Types #Myers-Briggs #Psychology

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    1. Hey there! I really appreciate you taking the time to comment and share your thoughts. I’ll be sure to check out those book recs too because I’d definitely like to learn more on the subject. I’m not familiar with the Youtuber you mentioned, but I’ve seen something similar happen with other topics before. Always best to go straight to the sources like the ones you’ve mentioned to think things through for yourself. Thanks again!

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