We've all heard of the Myers Brigg test, more formally know as the The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment. I've also read mixed analyses of the accuracy of such tests. I've heard your results-- your personality-- can even change with time.
If you're anything like me, you love checking out the "What your Birthday Means About You" book section (usually the New Age section at your good ole Barnes and Noble) and reading about what your astrological sign means for your career, your aspirations, etc. I'm not into it in an extreme way, just in a "pass the time on a rainy day" way. As humans in general, we tend to like to learn more about ourselves, and love it even more when someone or something can externally validate who we are and why we act the way we do.
Unfortunately, the easiest way to "classify" yourself is usually through the "I'm not this, but I'm close to that" test. For instance, there are so many articles about introverts vs. extroverts. About how to care for them, about how they differ as leaders, about how they process information, you name it.
Which brings me back to the MBTI and a bit of a leap, but an interesting question: Are certain personalities (in the simplest sense) suited to particular careers more-so than others?
I myself am an INTJ, which either means I am completely off my rocker (apparently only .8% of females in the US population are INTJs), or my result is wrong.
I think it's pegged me though. I started to pull out a few bullet points, but there was just so many that resonated with me that: 1.) there was too much to paste and 2.) I figured that unless you're an INTJ, too, it would mean very little to you. You can take the test on that site, though, if you're interested in figuring out how you are "classified." Otherwise, just google "MBTI test" and pick your poison.
For the even lazier reader:
I=Introversion, E=Extraversion; S=Sensing, N= iNtuition; T=Thinking, F=Feeling; J=Judging, P=Perceiving
For the writer, I also googled "best mbti for writers" (yes, in lowercase) and found a few resources you might find fun:
- This quick article that basically did my work for me. Spoiler alert: Many writers and readers are INFPs or INFJs (darn, I'm one letter off!). I will say that word on the street is that C.S. Lewis and Thomas Jefferson were INTJs. Oh, and Willy Wonka.
- Writing tips for every MBTI type.
- This blog on MBTI Types of the World's Greatest Novelists. Also pretty cool: This Article.
I can't vouch for the accuracy or objectivity of any of those articles, but they are what's out there. The MBTI was started by Carl Jung in 1962, so we can at best analyze the MBTI of earlier writers only by studying their lifestyle and histories. That's probably why there aren't that many articles out there about it. Feel free to comment if you find some better ones, and I will be sure to update this post with what I find as well.
Also, don't forget to take the test so you can read all about how great you are! ;-)