Over the past few years, I have been obsessed with wanting to find out what personalities people I interact with have. I have managed to do that without having to necessarily ask them what their personalities are. Call that ‘studying people’ if you must. I have asked a few people the same question and getting answers like, ‘I am an introvert’ is not enough. You want to know why? There are 8 different types of introverts and an equal number of extroverted personality types. So, saying that you are an introvert is quite unsatisfactory, to say the least.
Little backstory; I always knew that I loved being by myself pretty often. I also realized that I am a social chameleon, meaning that I have no trouble blending in. You see, if we were to go via these two aspects only, any person would have the dead giveaway that I am an ambivert, which is the middle ground of the 2 broad spectrums; Introverts and Extroverts. Deep down, I knew that I was an introvert. I still do by the way. However, there are people who, up to date, swear on their life that I am an extrovert. You see, this is what happens when you do not take time to study human behavior and personality types.
Before we go any further, let me state that my personality type is INFJ. You will know what that means in a minute. Allow me to also state that knowing about people’s personalities will help you and other people in your endeavors. It is like having a map before making the first step. Sometimes, when I feel confused by how someone is, I take time and go do a little bit more of research, either by observing them or by looking it up on platforms such as Google, Quora and Pinterest. I really love getting informed and informing others about things. I hope you do to.
The 4 different scales used are:
- Introversion (I) vs Extroversion (E)
- Sensing (S) vs Intuition (N)
- Feeling (F) vs Thinking (T)
- Perceiving (P) vs Judging (J)
1. Introversion (I) vs Extroversion (E)
Extroverts get much of their energy from the environment. What that means is that they enjoy spending so much time and energy in activities that involve social interaction. Extroverts are usually communicative, outspoken and social. On the other hand, Introverts are people who get so much energy from within. They love keeping their social interactions limited to those that have meaning and feed their souls. They are usually thoughtful, soft-spoken and reserved. It is worth noting that everyone has some level of introversion or extroversion in them.
2. Sensing (S) vs Intuition (N)
This gauge focuses on the way different people collect information from their surroundings. Sensors are quite practical with the manner in which they collect information and are objective in information collection more often than not. On the other hand, Intuitive people are quite subjective in taking in information whereby they tend to rely on models, forms and descriptions. They are the futuristic lot that is creative as hell.
3. Feeling (F) vs Thinking (T)
This gauge explains how a person makes decisions using the information collected from gauge 2 above. Thinkers use logic and reason to come to a decision whereas feelers tend to rely on emotions. They think about how the decisions they make will affect other people and if the said decisions are in line with their morals. In short, thinkers use their heads to come to a decision whereas feelers use their hearts to do so.
4. Perceiving (P) vs Judging (J)
Here, the nature in which one organizes their world after the 3 gauges above is expressed. Perceivers love being open-minded, spontaneous and flexible. Judgers on the other hand love structure, order and planning.
The 16 Personality Types and their Functions
Now that we know the gauges used to arrive to the different personality types, it is time to find out how to come to the weird letters that make the different personality types.
If we are to take the first column of the 4 scales, we have Introversion (I), Sensing (S), Feeling (F) and Perceiving (P). We end up with ISFP. Do this with all the scales and you will end up with the weird letters that make up the 16 different personality types.
|INTJ||Ni Te Fi Se|
|ENTJ||Te Ni Se Fi|
|INFJ||Ni Fe Ti Se|
|ENFJ||Fe Ni Se Ti|
|ISTJ||Si Te Fi Ne|
|ESTJ||Te Si Ne Fi|
|INTP||Ti Ne Si Fe|
|ENTP||Ne Ti Fe Si|
|ISFJ||Si Fe Ti Ne|
|ESFJ||Fe Si Ne Ti|
|INFP||Fi Ne Si Te|
|ENFP||Ne Fi Te Si|
|ISTP||Ti Se Ni Fe|
|ESTP||Se Ti Fe Ni|
|ISFP||Fi Se Ni Te|
|ESFP||Se Fi Te Ni|
e* – Extroverted. For example, Se means Extroverted Sensing
i* – Introverted. For example, Ni means Introverted Intuition
I know that if you are just getting to learn about these, the functions do seem like Greek to you. I will do articles in the near future about each of the 16 personality types listed above. I will go into details about the functions and what they mean. For now, if you want to do the personality test so as to know yours, click HERE for the Myers Briggs Personality Type Test.