Did you know the whole human race can be boxed into 16 different personalities? Just 16!?
Well, I certainly didn’t… and nosing around my parents’ bookshelf led me to a somewhat life-changing book and on a journey of self-discovery. I found the true meaning of introversion, how I process my thoughts, who I am compatible with, my pet peeves and basically WHY I AM WHO I AM.
The book – do what you are is designed to match a person’s personality with their most compatible job. Being a future-oriented person, this job aspect was engaging for me. But what caught my attention was how on point its analysis of me was. It was like there was a fly on the wall, watching my every move and somehow, it knew my thoughts, emotions and fears. It was a scary experience!
How was this analysis so accurate? How did they figure me out?
The book explains this theory of 16 personalities, an idea proposed by mother-daughter team, Isabel and Katherine Myers Briggs.
All personality types are divided into four outcomes which are determined by a series of questions. Some examples were:
Do you prefer to stay at home and read a book, or go out and socialise?
Do you find it easy to introduce yourself to people?
Do you feel superior to other people?
The answers determine whether you are:
Extroverted or Introverted
Intuitive or Sensing
Thinking or Feeling
Judging or Perceiving
The intricacies of these phrases are detailed more in the book, but in a nutshell, they describe your energy, nature, mind and tactics. Taking the test requires honesty, so your result reflects who you are – there is no bad personality!
With excitement bubbling up on the inside of me, I took the test, and my result was ISTJ, the logistician, meaning:
I get my energy from being alone (Introverted)
I am a literal and realistic processor (Sensor)
I am objective when making decisions (Thinking)
I am very organised (Judging)
There was then a synopsis of my entire life (pretty much) and it was extremely insightful into why:
I am sometimes perceived as being cold
I cannot cope with indecision
I quickly get exhausted in social scenarios
The whole focus of the book is to help kick start your career by suggesting jobs suited to your personality. Military leader was suggested for me due to my organisational skills, leadership capacity and capability to pass fair judgement despite emotion (sounds harsh, I know, but it's true).
I quickly jumped onto the internet and did some research to see how and why I could be boxed up into one freakishly accurate paragraph.
I did the online version of the quiz and got the exact same result. My results were very definitive – 100% thinking and 0% feeling. For others, they might get different results because of how close their percentages are. If they’re 49% introverted and 51% extroverted, they will be classified as an ESTJ, but they also might get ISTJ. It is all rather fascinating!
I spiralled down the rabbit hole of online personality tests, learning more and more about the human brain. What I found extremely beneficial, was the practical application of these tests. It suggested things I can do to come off as being less harsh, how to sharpen my analytical skills and to think of more lateral and abstract solutions to problems, i.e. to think outside the box.
Of course, there was also some juicy info on romantic compatibilities. My most compatible partner is an ESFP, where my dominant functions of introverted sensing are countered by his dominant functions of extraverted sensing. Hmmm... I guess opposites do attract?
Do you have a friend who might be an ISTJ like me? Did reading this resonate with you? Maybe you’re my ISTJ buddy! I’ve never met one, but I really want to.
I encourage you to take the test! You can grab your copy of do what you are, or do the online test here.
Get ready to be terrified!
by Eva (15)