What's Your Personality Type?
Personality typing is nothing new, but 16Personalities is a site that's been getting some attention lately due to the theory behind its particular test. It combines the Myers-Briggs format with several redefined Jungian traits (which many typing tests do), and then builds its types around five independent personality aspects: Mind, Energy, Nature, Tactics and Identity. The Identity aspect underpins the other four aspects, which is an aspect that I haven't seen in other typing tests.
As you may have guessed from the image above, I'm an INFP: Introverted Intuitive Feeling Prospecting (more commonly referred to as Perceiving). My Identity aspect is Assertive (the other option being Turbulent). 16Personalities describes INFP personalities as "true idealists, always looking for the hint of good in even the worst of people and events, searching for ways to make things better. While they may be perceived as calm, reserved, or even shy, INFPs have an inner flame and passion that can truly shine. Comprising just 4% of the population, the risk of feeling misunderstood is unfortunately high for the INFP personality type—but when they find like-minded people to spend their time with, the harmony they feel will be a fountain of joy and inspiration."
One thing I really like about 16Personalities is that it provides an in-depth exploration of each personality type, including strengths and weaknesses, romantic relationships, friendships, parenthood, career paths, and workplace habits. Even if you already know your personality type, I recommend taking a look at the description 16Personalities offers. You might learn something new. And if you don't know your personality type, head over to the site and take the test!
And just for fun, here are 10 Myers-Briggs type charts for pop culture characters.
While Myers-Briggs tests are the most common, the Enneagram is another personality typing system that consists of nine different types. Everyone is considered to be one type, but they can have traits belonging to other types. When you have prominent characteristics from one of the types adjacent to yours, those characteristics are called wings. So you might be a type 5 with a 4 wing. If neither wing is dominate, the wings are balanced. I happen to be a type 4 (The Individualist), and my wings are balanced. You can find out your Enneagram type here.
These tests are obviously not all-inclusive when it comes to your personality, but they provide a great starting point to better understanding yourself. You might even recognize some things in yourself you never noticed before (or didn't want to notice). I think we all strive to understand who we are at our cores, and that can be a long, often difficult, process, but knowing your personality type might make that journey a little easier.
What's your personality type? Let me know in the comments!