Do You Know Yourself?

Claudia Kinser-Sophomore-April 14, 2017

What is your personality? A list of adjectives may have popped into your head when you read that, such as witty, funny, athletic, quiet, and many more. But that wasn’t what I meant.

Isobel Myers Briggs based her work with her mother on the theory of Carl Jung, who thought that people were either introverted or extroverted. Introverted andextroverted people could further be broken up into 4 subcategories: thinking, feeling, sensation, and intuition. Each of these categories have a range with two extremes on either end of the range. These theories and beliefs about people combined to form the modern day Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, or the MBTI.

When you take the MBTI, you can get any one of 16 different personalities. Each personality is slightly different. Here is a basic overview of each type.

INFP’s (The Healers) are sensitive, caring, and compassionate, and are deeply concerned with the personal growth of themselves and others. They always try to see the best in everyone and in every situation.

ESFJ’s (The Providers) value loyalty and tradition, and usually make their family and friends their top priority. They are generous with their time, energetic, sensitive to the needs and feelings of others, and dedicated to their goals.

ESFP’s (The Performers) are typically warm and talkative and have a contagious enthusiasm for life. They love to be the center of attention and love to have a good time surrounded by the company of other people.

ISFJ’s (The Protectors) are conventional and grounded, and enjoy contributing to established structures of society. They are loyal to traditions and practical. They are persistent until the job is done.

ISFP’s (The Composers) have a strong aesthetic sense and seek out beauty in their surroundings. They love to live in the moment and are flexible, spontaneous, and enjoy the arts.

ESTJ’s (The Supervisors) are the organizers, and want to bring structure to their surroundings. They like for everything to be orderly, systematic, and functional.

ESTP’s (The Dynamos) are often the life of the party and have a good sense of humor. They love thrills and are active and always playful.

ISTJ’s (The Inspectors) are steady, productive contributors. While introverted, they are not usually alone. They prioritize social relationships and make sure their standard are met.

ISTP’s (The Craftsmen) are attentive to details and responsive to the demands of the world around them. They are especially good at responding to emergency situations in an orderly and timely manner. They also excel at troubleshooting any issues in mechanics.

INTJ’s (The Masterminds) enjoy logical reasoning and complex problem-solving. They are analytical and are able to see ways for improvement. They are independent and choose to hang out with people who are intellectually challenging to them.

INFJ’s (The Counselors) have a strong sense of personal integrity and a drive to help others realize their potential. They have a unique ability to intuit others’ emotions and motivations, and will often know how someone else is feeling before that person knows it himself

ENTJ’s (The Commanders) are analytical and objective, and like bringing order to the world around them. They make good leaders and are motivated to produce change in the world around them.

ENTP’s (The Visionaries) enjoy playing with ideas and especially like to banter with others. They like to poke fun at their friends and simply want to analyze, understand and influence other people.

ENFJ’s (The Teachers) are energetic and driven, and often have a lot on their plates. They are passionate about the possibilities of both themselves and other people.

INTP’s (The Architects) are detached, analytical observers who can seem oblivious to the world around them because they are so deeply absorbed in thought. They want to understand everything they can about the world, regardless of how complex it may be.

ENFP’s (The Champions) are agile and expressive communicators. They tend to love art and love to help others explore their creative side.

Are you curious what Myers Briggs personality you have? Go to, take the quiz, and share you results in this poll:

In the future, I will follow up on the different types of personalities and how well they perform in the school setting.



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