Friday, 7 April 2017

What personality type are you?

There’s always loads of quizzes going round social media to tell you important stuff like which character from a TV programme you’re most like, or which country you’re destined to live in or even what your coffee choice says about you. But there’s also a few around which are based on more serious psychological theories.

Take Myers-Briggs for example – in my experience that’s the one that is most commonly done in work places, helping managers understand the makeup of their team and how to relate to them.

This week a colleague sent me a link to a free Myers-Briggs type test – you can find it here: Its based on a combination of Myers-Briggs Type Indicators and trait-based theories. This test says there are 16 different personality types, broadly described as analysts, diplomats, sentinels and explorers. I expected to come out as one of the analyst types – that’s been my job for most of the past 15 years so it’s a logical conclusion to draw!

Turns out I’m an advocate (one of the diplomat types) or an INFJ. That makes me Introverted, iNtuitive, Feeling and Judging.
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According to the 16 personalities website, advocates are described as:
The INFJ personality type is very rare, making up less than one percent of the population, but they nonetheless leave their mark on the world. As Diplomats, they have an inborn sense of idealism and morality, but what sets them apart is the accompanying Judging (J) trait – INFJs are not idle dreamers, but people capable of taking concrete steps to realize their goals and make a lasting positive impact.
Introverts generally prefer solitary activities (hello reading and Netflix!) and find social interaction exhausting (yup!). Intuitive people are imaginative, open-minded and curious. Feeling people tend to be empathic, sensitive and less competitive that others, and judging relates to decision making and means I’m decisive, thorough and highly organised (that one is definitely true!).
Have a go at the test -its quick to do and the amount of information on the site is great! What personality type are you?

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