Thursday, January 26, 2012

Think About Yourself

Happy Thursday, my wonderful blogging friends :)
Have you ever wondered "why do I do that?" or "why am like this while my friend is completely different?" or even simply "what is my personality like on paper?"? If so, you are in the right place today! We're talking personalities, people! They make us who we are and always stay with us, unchanging.

Quirky Dr. Jung
Carl G. Jung (1875-1961) was one of the first psychologists to study personalities in 1920. He was able to break down and define many types, as shown by Garfield, that exist. There is one problem with the picture which is that one person is not made up of six personalities obviously, though I think we could all argue that Garfield might! Lol! A mere twenty years later, Isabel Briggs Myers set out on a journey to make these personality types applicable to the common man's everyday life. She succeeded with the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), though research is still ongoing on this subject.

Along with the help of her mother, Katharine Briggs, Isabel defined 16 various personality types. Furthermore, it is based on the preference of four opposing characteristics.

These are as followed (pictured above): Extroversion - Introversion, Sensing - Intuitive, Thinking - Feeling, and Judging - Perceiving.

E-I: Extroverted people gain their energy by being around others. They like to party and be social or enjoy going to a big school for college. They are very comfortable in large groups and are known as a "people person" usually. This is different from introverts who gain more energy from their ownself. They focus within themself. They still may like to party, for example, but when it's over they need their space and time by themselves.

S-N: Sensing is very much as it sounds. Sensory people focus on touch, smell, taste, sound, sight. They need stability with their reasoning. They are also very big on taking information from past experiences. Take a book. How do you know it's a book? Sensory people would say it looks like a book, smells like a book, sounds like a book when the pages turn. Intuitive people are the opposite. They are able to look at something and instead of being completely concrete, they can think of all the other possibilities. Sure, it's a book, but what else can it be? A paperweight? A pillow (maybe a little uncomfortable :P)? They also make connections, for example, when a leaf is a seen it makes them think of fall and going back to school, Halloween, state fairs, etc.

T-F: Thinking people are very similar to Sensing people in a way. They need concrete evidence to make a decision. They usually do not let emotions get in the way because that is not the place for it, they need to make decisions. Whereas obviously Feeling people are very in touch with their own feelings. They are ruled not by facts, but by their heart. There is actually a gender bias on this one because from a young age, society says that boys are not supposed to show emotion. Likewise, girls are supposed to be very touchy feely. Knowing that, it is very easy to conclude that many boys will result with T for this and girls with F results.

J-P: Lastly, Judging people sounds really bad, but it's not what it sounds like. Refer to it more as judgement because I think that helps a little bit. This is based on your decision-making preferences. Judging people are planners, every detail is planned out. They are not very spontaneous and are very set in their daily patterns as well. The opposite, Perceiving people are extremely spontaneous! They are usually procrastinators as well, which goes hand-in-hand with spontaneity and very laidbackness.

Now, do you know which you are yet??? I'll give you mine, I am an INFJ. Above you can see the 16 different types. Mine, fits me quite perfectly in fact. It says that I am known as 'the psychic' in many situations because I am very in tune with the people around me. I function best in "person to person" situations and when I can control my own situation yet am not the boss. A good example is being a teacher (which is actually one of the career choices that best match my personality type! Perfect!); a teacher is in charge of their classroom, but that's it! They are not the principal or superintendent, so there is not that much pressure. I need to be able to use creativity and my own original thoughts to be happy in my career. I can handle people with sympathy and understanding and enjoy working with people of integrity and honesty specifically.

I would LOVE to hear some of your results!! If you want to take the indication test, you can HERE for free! I will warn you though, instead of giving you all four letters, it will only give you two I believe. You can use the criteria to decide for yourself, mine was the same pre-test with my self-evaluation and post-test with their questionnaire. Then, you can go to the Myers-Briggs Foundation website to find out what your personality means! You can also find out some of the best career options that fit your type : )

This was me, smiling away :P
Plus this goat is so adorable!!
I know this post was a little long, but I find this stuff fascinating! The fact that so long ago, they were able to come up with a relevant system that still works today. And let me tell you, it is crazy when you find out what you are and choose to read about it how relevant to your life it will be if it's the right match-up for you. Mine literally made me smile as I was reading it LOL it was just like me on a page! So anyway, I know it was a long one, but if you're interested in psychology or personalities or even just learning about yourself a little more, than this is pretty cool!

I have another blog tour coming up that I'll be posting tomorrow for you all, then we'll probably be hitting the road for more of our National tour ;)
Talk to you soon! Hope you're feeling more in touch with yourself after reading this!


  1. I remember learning about this in college...I found it quite interesting. Still do...I'm a ISFJ. :)

    That goat is too cute. :)

    1. Hey Ange!
      I actually learned this in high school, but today had a guest speaker in Cross-Cultural Psych and she did it all on this! We're actaully wicked similar! I'm right on the fence between S and N, so that's really funny to know we're so similar. I knew I liked you for some reason ; )

      Isn't it!? Thanks so much for stopping by today, Ange!

  2. The goat is so funny :) also, i took the test,apparently im an infj, but im not too sure about it. either way, thanks for blogging about this.