Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, MBTI, career, content marketing, productivity, content marketing team, collaboration.

 

Have you heard of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)?  It’s a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how you perceive the world and make decisions.  It’s a tool to help you understand yourself better.  Some MBTI sites provide career recommendations based on 16 personality types.  Some sites even suggest the personality type that would make a good romantic match for you.

Recently, each team member in our team retook the MBTI test. By understanding each team member’s personality traits, we can better work together as a team.  One team member shared an interesting table, which associates each personality type with a Star Wars Character.  It was clever and fun.

MBTI1

I have taken the Meyer’s Briggs test three times in the past 15 years. I have noticed that certain personality traits of mine have changed over time; some have stayed the same.

15 years ago: ENTJ  (Leia)
5 years ago: INFJ  (Obi Wan)
Now: INTJ  (Palpadine)

Ok, this is depressing. Not only did I go through a gender transformation without knowing it, but I also went over to the dark side. Oh well, so I am on the dark side.  At least I’m the emperor. LOL!

On a serious note, I noticed that I have changed with my jobs and age. At my current stage in life, I prefer a slower pace with time for contemplation; time to think things through. I would also rather observe than be the center of attention.  This is certainly the trait of inwardly focused: Introversion “I”.  My current job requires me to be strategic and I have been making an intentional effort to train myself to think strategically.  That has been reflected in Thinking, “T”, rather than in “Feeling”, F.

N (Intuition) and J (Judging) personality types have stayed consistent for me in the past 15 years.  “N” refers to how I prefer to process information.  I am open-minded and notice the big picture and see how everything connects. “J” refers to how I prefer to live my outer life.  I am a planner that prefers step-by-step details and have respect for deadlines.

It’s interesting to know how I have not changed or changed over time.  I have become more self-aware in how I think and work.

Have you taken Myers-Briggs test before? If you have taken it in the past, have you changed over time? Maybe it’s time to take it again.  Which Star Wars’ character are you?

 

Enter your email, get the latest marketing updates & tips and the first chapter of my Global Content Marketing book for free.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Author

Pam Didner

Posted on

February 13, 2014

Category
Personal Journal
  • The MBTI is fun and useful, both for understanding others and yourself. I took it many years ago, and then was pointed to a similar free online test. I don’t know how accurate it is, but I got the same type both times: INTJ.

    I provided my scores, a link to the test, and links to type descriptions here:

    http://blogan.net/blog/2011/03/my-personality-type-intj/

  • 22 years ago, not 30, my test results showed that I was an ENTJ (Leia). lol

    • Take it again. Love to see if you are still Leia.

  • I took the test 1 year and a half ago. When I reviewed it some weeks ago I still thought it’s very accurate. The explanation behind it is really helpful, no matter for understanding yourself (career & relationship) or for understanding others.

    p.s. I have difficulty finding a free MBTI test again though 🙂

    • Winnie: Try this site. It’s free. http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp Let me know what you think.

      • The test questions in the link are different from what I did one year and a half ago, and the results are more in details (you can see grades on each part). I got the same result again : ESTJ. Thanks for sharing Pam! It is helpful!

  • Mathew Guilfoyle

    Pam – I took this assessment during the project management cohort at Portland State University a few years ago and it is definitely something that has proven quite valuable in all aspects of life since. When I consult with business leaders to help build dynamic teams, one of my first goals is to increase the visibility of personality types and their communication tendenciespreferences. Folks seem to really enjoy the results! INFJ – Obi Wan

    • Well-said, Obi Wan! 🙂 May the force be with you.