Saturday, October 08, 2005

Carl Jung, Personality theories, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator - 4

continued from previous post on same topic..
Based on Jung’s types and functions, Katharine Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers developed a paper-and-pencil test, which came to be known as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Based on your answers to approximately 125 answers, this test places you in one of sixteen types. The results of this test say quite a bit about who you are, including your likes and dislikes, likely career choices, and compatibility with others. It is not judgmental and one type is not better than the other therefore people tend to like it. Also, it does not assess how crazy you are, but simply “opens up your personality for exploration”. The test has four scales. The first is extroversion-introversion, the next is sensing-intuiting, the third is thinking-feeling, and the last is judging-perceiving. Four letters identify each type.

More information about the test was given in a previous post. This test consisted of 107 questions to assess your personality type. After completing the test the results indicated that I had an INFJ personality type, which means introverted intutive feeling with judgement. People with this personality type are said to like abstractness, they tend to be private. More about INFJ characterstics include - sensitive, quiet leaders, great depth of personality - intricately and deeply woven, mysterious, and highly complex, sometimes puzzling even themselves , introverted, live in a world of hidden meanings and possibilities - part of an unusually rich inner life , abstract in communicating, artistic (and natural affinity for art), creative, and easily inspired, very independent, orderly view towards the world but within themself arranged in a chaotic, complex way only they could understand . After reviewing the results and thinking about how I view my personality type I would have to agree with the assessment. Although at first glance I would like to disagree with some of the characteristics, after careful thought I would say that this is a good indicator of my personality. I definitely enjoy when things are running abstractness and adventure, I love art and am very easily inspired. Many times I also let my feelings show. I am emotional and have a hard time hiding the way I am feeling under many circumstances. Lot of reading on this area made me agree with too many aspects of this indicator.

In conclusion, Carl Jung was a brilliant psychologist with very valid theories on personality. His theories will indeed be studied for years to come, however his most noted contribution, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator will long be used as an assessment of personality types for millions of people. It is a test that should be viewed as insight into your own personality for further exploration and development. As stated earlier, our goal should be to develop all four personality functions, because as Jung says, the transcendence of opposites is the ideal.

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