It seems that everyone expects us to have things figured out before we’re even out of high school. I mean, how is a teenager supposed to decide what they’re going to do with the rest of their lives?!
Last month, we shared How to Harness Multiple Intelligences, this time, we’ll share with you an extremely insightful personality test created by one of the most distinguished psychologists in history which can help shed some light on the matter.
By understanding more about yourself, you’ll be able to pick a subject or career path which harnesses your strengths and minimizes your weaknesses. Have you ever heard the ancient saying ‘Know thyself?’ Well, this test will help you do that.
Over the years, the Myers-Briggs test has developed and there are now test which not only tell you about your type, but can give you extra information such as what type of subjects you will likely enjoy and excel at, and what type of career path suits your personality.
While your results will be different from anyone else’s, the test can help you do the same and discover what your true and unique path or calling is in life.
Are you ready to find out what the ideal path for your personality type is? Let’s take a look at what the Myers-Briggs personality test is and how it works. After taking it, you’ll know a whole lot more about yourself and the path that’s right for you!
So What is the Myers-Briggs Test all About
The Myers-Briggs Test was first published in 1943 and has since become the most widely used and best-known personality test in the world. Just wait until you see how accurately it pins your personality when you take it yourself!
The test uses a series of questions to identify your personality “type”. It is based on the idea that you fall into several different spectrums across a series of psychological markers and eventually assigns you a four letter type as a result. Sound confusing? Don’t worry, it’s much simpler than it sounds!
For example, when I took the test I was assigned the type ENFP. This stands for Extroverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceptive. That means I enjoy socializing with other people, I use my gut feeling to make decisions rather than my logical reasoning, I approach the world and form opinions by how things make me feel, and I use my five senses (perception) to form a picture of the world around me.
There are a few different possibilities for each of the four categories. Your results will most likely be completely different from mine, but you will learn a lot about yourself, how you approach the world, process information, make decisions and decide on action from the test.
We know you’re excited to take the test, but first, you’ve got to know who created the MBTI!
Who Created the Myers-Briggs Personality Test
Carl Jung was a student and apprentice of famed psychologist Sigmund Freud. You’ve probably heard that name, haven’t you?
The pair were extremely close and Jung mastered the study of the human mind under the best-known psychologist in Vienna at that time, before he did what most great apprentices do and broke away from his master to form his own theories and ideas.
Jung went on to become one of the most respected psychologists in both his time and, in fact, all time. He believed in a theory called “Archetypes” which basically means that there are certain types of personality and people who show up in every culture, at every period in history.
Some of those types are “The Hero”, “The Champion”, “The Saint”, “The Villain” and many more.
Jung developed these theories to absolute perfection, which then eventually led to the Myers-Briggs personality test. The Myers-Briggs Test was not actually designed by Jung himself, but by two students of his school of thought. You might be able to guess what their names are by the name of the test!
So How Can You Take the Test?
Naturally, after reading about how respected and famous the test is, most people want to take it!
There are several excellent versions of the test online which you can take for free. All of them will ask you to answer a series of multiple-choice questions which will lead to your results.
While the official test by the governing body which created it costs a fee to take, you can also take a free test which is based on the official one at Humanmetrics.com. This will get you pretty much the same result and will also provide you with a great deal of information on subjects, careers and even relationships which will work best for your type.
It makes sense, doesn’t it? We aren’t all the same and you can’t fit a square peg into a round hole!
If all the self-help gurus in the world are right, you’ll reach success by doing something which you are naturally talented at and suited to. When you are naturally good at something you tend to learn more quickly and enjoy it which provides extra motivation to succeed.
Discovering your type can only help you and can never hurt you. After all, aren’t you the first person you should get to know more about?
We hope you’ve enjoyed this rundown on the most prestigious and well-known personality test ever developed. Thousands of employers, universities and other institutions around the world have used it to assess the potential of their recruits. If it’s good enough for them, it ought to get the job done for you, too!
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