MBTI Types in the School Setting

Claudia Kinser – Sophomore – April 27, 2017

A few weeks ago, I reported on a basic overview of the 16 different types of personalities according to the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). (You can find the previous article by clicking here.) This week I would like to discuss how these different types impact the way students fare in school, but also how their role and requirements in school may have an influence on their MBTI type.

I interviewed 9 of my classmates about this exact subject. Here are the questions and their responses:

  1. What MBTI type are you?
  2. What does your type mean to you?
  3. How do you think it affects your performance in school?
  4. Do you think your role as a student influences the result you got? Why or why not?

Natalie, Sophomore

  1. I am an INFJ.
  2. This shows me how other people view me.
  3. This makes it somewhat difficult to fufill my role in school because I am so shy and soft-spoken; I often am afraid to speak up or make friends with different people or join clubs.
  4. Yes, at school, I am often quiet and observant.

 

Taia, Senior

  1. I am an ENTJ.
  2. This means to me that sometimes I can be controlling.
  3. As a team member, I am usually the one in charge.
  4. Yes, because it relates to me usually working in teams and being in charge of the things that happen as a group.

Seth, Junior

  1. I am an ESFP.
  2. This means that I am outgoing, conversational, and assertive.
  3. I think being outgoing makes me more confident in socializing and speaking to my friends.
  4. I feel like I focus more on socializing.

Nicole, Junior

  1. I am an INFJ.
  2. This describes me in more ways than one.
  3. It doesn’t affect me academic-wise because it actually allows me to study better and get better grades. It does, however, affect how I get friends.
  4. Yes, because while I’m good academically, being a “well-known” or “popular” student isn’t a big role I play in school.

Sean, Senior

  1. I am an ENFP.
  2. This means that I am social, outgoing, and a person who likes top makes the most out of life.
  3. I tend to get distracted when I do my work.
  4. Yes, it does because I’m social and throughout my 4 years in high school, I have become more open and outgoing.

Warren, Senior

  1. I am an ENFJ.
  2. This means that I am a leader.
  3. I tend to lose interest in class when the subject is not amusing to me.
  4. No, I don’t really let school affect me and my personality.

Miguel, Senior

  1. I am an ENTP.
  2. My type is the debater.
  3. It affects the way I learn by giving me the urge to question everything.
  4. No I do not, because I am the way I am both inside and outside of school.

Rashawn, Senior

  1. I am an INTP.
  2. It means that I am a very logical person.
  3. I get into a ton of arguments.
  4. No. School makes no sense.

Generally, we high school students seem to interpret our types, even if they are the same, in different ways. We also tend are split; some of us allow our personality to change at school, some of us are the same no matter where we are. No matter our type, no matter how we act, we are all our own individual.

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