Have you ever wondered about your personality type? A lot of people do. There’s a commonly used personality test called Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) which has been around for quite a long time. It’s often used in team building, career counselling, premarital counselling, or in job interviews. While there has been some speculation as to how accurate or appropriate it is to use the MBTI for situations such as those, it’s still kind of fun to look at in terms of self-reflection.

The Myers-Briggs Test

After answering the inventory on the test, your results categorise you into one of 16 different personality types based on a few different factors explained below. For each factor you are given a letter, which when combined comes out to a 4-letter code. This 4-letter code corresponds to a personality type which you can read more about.

Extroverted (E) vs Introverted (I)

A lot of people think that extroverted vs introverted has to be do with how shy or outgoing you are, which actually isn’t the case. It has to do with where you get your energy from. People who are extroverted find being around larger groups of people energising, while an introvert would find this exhausting. When feeling tired and needing energy, an introvert would turn towards smaller groups of people or even prefer to be on their own to refuel themselves. This isn’t an “all-or-nothing” trait. Think of it as a continuum; it’s possible to fall in the middle and be a mix of both.

Sensing (S) vs. iNtuition (N)

This factor determines how you take in information from your environment. As mentioned above, think of think of this as a continuum, some people often use a little bit of both sensing and intuition. People who tend to use sensing focus mostly on their current reality and what they can gain from their own senses. They look for fact and look at what’s happening in front of me NOW. People who use more intuition prefer to focus on patterns that happen in their environment, and using that to think of how future possibilities could play out.

Thinking (T) vs. Feeling (F)

This factor focuses on how people tend to make decisions after they’ve gathered their information. People who prefer using thinking place a greater emphasis on the facts, and the facts alone; whereas people who prefer feeling make decision based on how they will affect other people and their emotions.

Judging (J) vs. Perceiving (P)

This last factor focuses on people’s preferences for dealing with the outside world. People who use “judging” tend to like structure in their environment and order. Think of them as the person who’s closet is colour coded by the rainbow and everything MUST have a place. People who prefer using “perceiving” as their main function tend to be more flexible and adaptable. At their most extreme, this would be the person who says, “You know? Pizza sounds good. Let’s go fly to Italy right now.”

Personality Types

Interested in taking the test? Well, taking the official test can be costly. Although it’s not the offical test, you can take a pretty good “unofficial” version at Humanmetrics. After you take the test, you can compare your results with the personality types listed below.


INTJ – The Architect

INTP – The Logician

ENTJ – The Commander

ENTP  – The Debater


INFJ – The Advocate

INFP – The Mediator

ENFJ – The Protagonist

ENFP – The Campaigner


ISTJ – The Logistician

ISFJ – The Defender

ESTJ – The Executive

ESFJ – The Consul


ISTP – The Virtuoso

ISFP – The Adventurer

ESTP – The Entrepreneur

ESFP – The Entertainer

In Sum –

What do you think? Did your personality type match how you think you are? Was it way off? Weigh in below!

Nicole Paulie is a Counselling Psychologist, and co-author of “How to be Happy and Healthy – The seven natural elements of mental health.” She provides therapy in the Dublin city area. Contact us to learn more or to book an appointment.

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