The Myers Briggs/Jung HumanMetrics Personality test characterises people one of 16 personality types using four criteria:
The first criterion, Extraversion – Introversion, signifies the source and direction of a person’s energy expression. An extravert’s source and direction of energy expression is mainly in the external world, while an introvert has a source of energy mainly in their own internal world.
The second criterion, Sensing – Intuition, represents the method by which someone perceives information. Sensing means that a person mainly believes information he or she receives directly from the external world. Intuition means that a person believes mainly information he or she receives from the internal or imaginative world.
The third criterion, Thinking – Feeling, represents how a person processes information. Thinking means that a person makes a decision mainly through logic. Feeling means that, as a rule, he or she makes a decision based on emotion, i.e. based on what they feel they should do.
The fourth criterion, Judging – Perceiving, reflects how a person implements the information he or she has processed. Judging means that a person organises all of his life events and, as a rule, sticks to his plans. Perceiving means that he or she is inclined to improvise and explore alternative options.
After doing the test, my result was an ENFJ Personality Type, with it telling me:
You have slight preference of Extraversion over Introversion (11%)
You have moderate preference of Intuition over Sensing (38%)
You have moderate preference of Feeling over Thinking (25%)
You have slight preference of Judging over Perceiving (11%)
Who else (famous people) share this personality type with you?
Did the results of this test surprise you?
Slightly, yes. Though not so much after I had read into what the test meant by the world’s ‘judging,’ ‘intuition’ and even ‘extrovert’ as they took slightly different meanings to what I first perceived them as.
I thought the test would show me I was more introverted, as I love spending time alone, but then realised I am also very comfortable expressing my feelings and opinions. I didn’t know what to expect from the sensing-intuition aspect of the test, but now realise that I do probably analyse things and decide what they mean after looking within myself.
One thing I certainly wasn’t surprised with was the result that I had a preference for feeling over perceiving. I have always felt feeling very strongly, but still use logic in making many decisions that don’t directly affect me – this could be why it is only a moderate preference to feel. The Judging over perceiving also makes sense when I see judging as something that makes me a planner – even if not an effective one. However, I do still do many things spontaneously – though probably only the less important things in life.
I also became less surprised after reading the description of an ENFJ personality type – including the strengths, weaknesses, and actions in romantic relationships and friendships especially.
Do you agree with your personality assessment? (Why/Why Not?)
Only to a certain degree. Mainly due the fact they are mostly described as leaders, or do-gooders. I love helping people, and do often end up a leader, but I wouldn’t say they are the main passions of mine. Most aspects of the personality type I do see in myself – such as being able to multitask, naturally being a leader in the group, and being ‘apt to neglect themselves and their own needs for the needs of others.’
But either I haven’t realised it, or I am just off the exact personality of ENFJ – as I don’t always love to do these things, or feel like I am particularly good at them. I don’t ‘take pride’ in being the leader; I often feel like it would just be best to lead a team situation in order to get something done more efficiently.
I also don’t feel like I have ‘tremendous charisma’ or am completely ‘selfless.’ This is why I was most surprised with the assessment that I would be in work that helps people. I guess design and advertising does give people solutions – but I don’t feel any pull towards the traditional ENFJ jobs such as teaching or politics.
I think I find the description of an ENFJ a bit over-exaggerated and maybe dramatic, as I possess these qualities, but not to the extent of some other ENFJ’s might. Or, this could be due to the fact that of my preferences of ‘Judging,’ ‘Intuition,’ ‘Extraversion’ or ‘Feeling’ were all slight or moderate – not particularly strong in any one area.
As mentioned though, I do completely agree with parts of the assessment. For one, the strengths and weaknesses and relationships description are almost completely perfect – all of them. As well as the assessment that I can have a ‘tremendous capacity for reflecting on and analysing their own feelings,’ and am ‘very organised.’
How do you think your personality would fit into the workplace (small studio, large global agency, manager, team member?)
As I work well with people, I think either a small agency or larger global group would suit my personality type.
I also think that, after being happy to start in a very junior position, hopefully I would be able to slowly but steadily show, through helping people, and leading in order to solve problems, that I am a valuable member of staff, and that I could prove myself worthy to move up into higher positions – maybe team leaders or even managers. As said on 16Personalities, however, I could underestimate myself. – but, I should be able to ‘take on multiple responsibilities with competence and good cheer…’ whilst being ‘hardworking, reliable and eager to help.’
I never had thought of myself as a future manager – but now I think about it, I can be very good at harnessing people’s work and pulling it all together to create a well-executed solution for many problems.
Lastly, I loved this paragraph, and confirmed a little more to me that this test may have analysed me very close to perfectly, as I hope I can be this kind of worker:
“ENFJs are able to express themselves both creatively and honestly, allowing them to approach positions as sales representatives and advertising consultants from a certain idealistic perspective, intuitively picking up on the needs and wants of their customers, and working to make them happier. However, ENFJs need to make sure they get to focus on people, not systems and spreadsheets, and they are unlikely to have the stomach for making the sort of decisions required in corporate governance positions – they will feel haunted, knowing that their decision cost someone their job, or that their product cost someone their life.”