So I took the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test today, and we performed a test called “Metaphor” with the Team…it was a BLAST. We also learned a lot about our different personality types. I found out I was a ISTJ or Introversion, Sensing, Thinking, Judgment personality type – kewl huh? Check out the definitions and explanation below from Wikipedia (thanks!).
ISTJ (Introversion, Sensing, Thinking, Judgment) is an abbreviation used in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) publications to refer to one of the sixteen personality types. The MBTI assessment was developed from the work of prominent psychiatrist Carl G. Jung in his book Psychological Types, which proposed a psychological typology based on his theories of cognitive functions.
From Jung’s work, others developed psychological typologies. Well-known personality tests are the MBTI assessment, developed by Isabel Briggs Myers and Katharine Cook Briggs, and the Keirsey Temperament Sorter, developed by David Keirsey. Keirsey referred to ISTJs as Inspectors, one of the four types belonging to the temperament he called the Guardians.
Some Traits of the analysis were:
* Dominant: Introverted Sensing (Si). ISTJs thrive on deep analysis of their surroundings.
* Auxiliary: Extraverted Thinking (Te). ISTJs use this function to actively process and evaluate their perceptions.
* Tertiary: Introverted Feeling (Fi). This function allows ISTJs to turn their analysis to themselves and others, to understand their feelings and the causes thereof.
* Inferior: Extraverted Intuition (Ne). While ISTJs are capable of rapid and dogged information processing and number crunching, they often have difficulty with, or simply dismiss, abstract concepts without immediate concrete applications.
Some famous ISTJ’s in History:
* US Presidents
– George Washington
– Andrew Johnson
– Benjamin Harrison
– Herbert Hoover
– Harry Truman
– George H. W. Bush
* Jackie Joyner-Kersee
* Evander Holyfield
Now that I know more about our Team and their personalities, I am excited to be able to understand them better. I recommend anyone take the MBTI and learn more about themselves and those they work/interact with on a daily basis.