If you’re into psychology at all, you’re probably familiar with the Myers-Briggs personality test. Briefly, Myers-Briggs is a method of classifying people’s psyches according to where they place themselves on four indicators, and coming up with a 4-letter designation that fits them. People answer a long set of questions about hypothetical situations when they take the Myers-Briggs. Myers-Briggs is often used in businesses and other organizations to assess a candidate’s fit for a position.
But you can use it to make interesting observations about your neighbors in the Starkville apartments. Will Betty connect with Kevin at the gym? What might the Myers-Briggs say? Would Ellen like the parties Brian and Jason throw? Should Zoe and Kyle study together, or would they drive each other crazy? Myers-Briggs can give you some ideas and it’s a good conversation starter, especially with those taking a psych class.
So use it, here’s a bit more information.
What are the indicators?
- First, you assess whether you are an introvert or an extrovert. If you primarily like to focus on the inner world of thoughts, you’re an introvert (I). If your main focus is the outer world, you’re an extrovert (E).
- Second, you answer how you like to obtain information. Do you just like to get basic information through your senses? If so, that’s sensing (S). Do you like to interpret and add meaning? Then for this category, you prefer intuition, not the senses. That’s an I.
- Third, how do you like to make decisions? Through logic, or through looking at people’s feelings and the personalities? If logic, you’re a thinking type (T); if feelings, you’re an F.
- Fourth, how do you make decisions? Do you decide on data once and for all, or want to stay open to new information always? If it’s the former, you’re judging (J); if the latter, you’re a perceiving type (P).
Putting Them Together
In the real Myers-Briggs, the four categories are arranged in any order, depending on your answers to the hypothetical questions. For example, an extroverted person (E), who takes in basic information through her senses and doesn’t interpret (S), looks at logic (T), and wants always to stay open to new information (P) is an ESTP. An introverted person (I) who constantly interprets (N), looks at the interrelationships between people to make decisions (F), and prefers to get things decided and not re-think (J) would be known as an INFJ.
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