Defining My Personality

Last week Ali posted about taking a personality test similar to Myers Briggs. I’ve taken the Myers Briggs test three times and each time I came out as an INTJ (introversion, intuition, thinking, judgement).

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It’s been a couple of years since I’ve taken the test so I thought I’d give it a whirl and see if anything had changed. This time I came out as an ISTJ (introversion, sensing, thinking, judgement). I guess that means not a whole lot in my personality has changed since I last took the test a couple of years ago.

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“This is all very interesting. Now just give me the facts” is the caption under the ISTJ character and that seems fitting for me. Whenever I read anything or someone tries to tell me a story my first reaction is always, “how interesting, what’s the source on that?”

A coworker once told me that I should be more go-with-the-flow. He asked why I need to know the source on stories that are told just for fun. It’s a good question and the answer is because facts are facts, man! 🙂 He sent me this email the other day, which seems appropriate to share right now!

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It’s probably not surprising that out of all the types of marketing out there I was drawn to digital marketing which is heavily driven by data rather than design!

One of the negatives about having an ISTJ personality is that you’re considered judgemental. I am extremely judgemental, it’s something I’m well aware of and something I am working on. At this point I KNOW when I’ve made a judgement and even though it’s already happened, I can at least identify that it’s happened and try to move forward with a more open mind.

What would I like to be? ESTJ and ENTJ both sound like good options. To make the jump to Extrovert I’d need to put more effort into being social and outgoing – so that’s probably not going to happen ;). I can’t help it if I really like being at home on the couch with Adam and Cecil! I also can’t help it if I prefer long runs all by myself to group runs.

Oh well! 🙂

Have you ever taken the Myers Briggs? What result did you get?
If you have time you can take the personality test here: http://www.16personalities.com Let me know what you get!

12 comments

  1. Hanna @ TheMillennialNextDoor

    Ooo! Ooo! I love Myers Briggs! My boss is a certified administer, so I’ve taken the actual test. A lot of people don’t get what the difference is, but when you’re taking it with someone who is educated about the test, knows the theory behind it and how to interpret results, I think it has really shaped how I understand and apply my results. I’m an INFJ, and very solidly so on all four counts. Basically, I’m a planner who likes to keep to herself, I’m an abstract thinker and hate having to be detail-oriented, and I’m all touchy-feely 😛

    I have to admit, I am a little surprised to hear that you are an introvert, based on your bubbly personality and comments you’ve made about how you enjoy socializing with coworkers and feeling like part of a team. But as my boss repeatedly emphasizes, Myers Briggs measures preference, not behavior, and as adults in the real world we often find ourselves having to act outside of our preferences – especially if we are introverted, since our society values extroversion. A lot of distance runners are introverts, which makes a lot of sense!!
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    1. Kristina

      I totally agree that it’s beneficial to have a certified administrator. When I’ve taken MB in the past through work it’s been officially administered. I love hearing experts interpret the results and state how they apply to each area of life.

      Adam always says my blog personality is different than my real life personality because I come off way more bubbly and happy. I think the personality I put forward here is the one I wish I had!

      I like socializing with coworkers but I have a small team so it’s not like a big party with a lot of people 🙂

  2. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    I took it a couple nights ago and got “ESFJ PERSONALITY (“THE CONSUL”)”. I got really angry reading the first page that was telling me all these things about myself that I just don’t think are true!

    “Discussing scientific theories or debating EuroPean politics isn’t likely to capture ESFJs’ interest for too long.” <— FALSE!!!

    "ESFJs are more concerned with fashion and their appearance, their social status and the standings of other people" <— FALSE!!!!

    However, the lists of stengths/weaknesses are spot on. And it says I can be needy. Which is true. I mean, I can take care of myself and I'm an independent woman, but I know in my heart I can be needy emotionally. Luckily I have Paul!
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  3. Running schlub

    This is all a lot of hoopla lol. I’m a total go with the flow kind of person and don’t take too much time to analyze my personality. I figure it is what it is and people with either get along with me or not. Those that I do get along with, let’s hang out. Those that i don’t get along with, I’ll be praying for you lol j/k.
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  4. Cocomama

    It’s funny how this cycles around and around. My company is hot on Myers Briggs right now (again). I think the last time I took the test was 15 years ago, here at work. My turn is coming up in the next few days.

    I agree-what’s the point of a story told just for fun? Stories with a source are fun too!
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  5. Jennifer

    Hehe love MBIT. I’ve taken the test three times (undergrad, grad, work) and have gotten ISFJ all of the times. I and J use to be extremes, but I have gotten better with my Introversion.
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  6. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    I’m BIG on needing sources. You and I have personality types that are so similar. It’s funny how just a couple answers can make the difference. I just read an article (and posted on it) about how MB is a bunch of hogwash…interesting to see the other side of the debate!
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  7. cheryl

    That was fun. I got ISFP–after reading the description it seemed pretty close.
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  8. Cassie

    I am an INFP, it was pretty close I think. I can be quite sensitive and moody sometimes (something I work on). I took it twice on different sites just for fun, and then I came out ENFP on the website you linked to. I guess I waiver back and forth between my introvertedness (it was at like 50% both times). But definitely consider myself more introverted than extraverted.

    1. Cassie

      I also HATE confrontation of any kind. I actually get physically shaky when I have to argue, in both personal and professional settings. I am a wimp lol.

  9. Margaret

    A bunch of people at work did that test a couple months ago – I’m INTJ. I know I’ve done similar tests in the past, and I think at least once I’ve come out ISTJ, but mostly I’ve been pretty consistent with the INTJ.
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  10. Sarah @ racingoprah

    I just took this test and found your blog because I was curious about others’ experiences. I got INFJ (the “dreamer”), but I’m so close between T and F, neither one felt like it fully fit. I love your observation about just wanting the facts. It’s fun to read something like that and think, “THEY REALLY GET ME!”

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