Quantifying My Personality Type

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) seeks to quantify a person’s personality type through a psychometric questionnaire.

Personality typesThey classify an individual into one of 16 possible personality types, based on the following parameters:

  • Extroverted (E) vs. Introverted (I)
  • Sensing (S) vs. Intuition (N)
  • Thinking (T) vs. Feeling (F)
  • Judging (J) vs. Perceiving (P)

As they explain:

“The essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in the behavior is actually quite orderly and consistent, being due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment.”

No one type is meant to be perceived as “better” than another. I found a free online version of the test, answered a series of questions that only took about 5 minutes, and here was my result – ENTJ:

Personality type ENTJ

Digging in a little deeper, I found this portrait of an ENTJ, which they call “The Executive”.

I’ll admit that this description pretty much nails me (I’m an entrepreneur and a CEO), and a few of the traits were rather eye-opening (“The ENTJ needs to consciously work on recognizing the value of other people’s opinions, as well as the value of being sensitive towards people’s feelings”, “Sentiments are very powerful to the ENTJ, although they will likely hide it from general knowledge, believing the feelings to be a weakness”). Reading this has allowed me to take stock in how I interact with and are perceived by others, and I will make an effort to overcome my flaws to become a better friend, coworker, and leader.

Just to confirm the results, about a week later and took the test again – and my personality type was exactly the same (ENTJ). Since this free test is meant to be an approximation of personality type, I will probably fork over the $49.95 to take the “official” MBTI test.

Here’s a list of famous ENTJ’s (Napoleon, Julius Caesar, Bill Gates, Peter Theil, Jack Welch… and Dick Cheney(?!), Joseph Stalin(?!).

So, what is your personality type? You can try it out for yourself here (and it’s free!).

  • http://amplifytoday.com Chris @ Amplify

    Took the test and scored a ISTP: Introvert, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving. I think it is pretty close but some of the questions could have gone either way. I’ve been reading a lot about critical thinking and has changed my approach to a number of situations. A good exercise and always interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p017d3d7cbf3f970c Bob T

    Thanks, Chris!

  • Andrew

    I wouldn’t recommend the $50 test to your readers. I think the free test was relatively accurate and all the information revealed in the paid version is readily available by a google search for free. I got a slightly different result (T vs. 12% F) but you choose at the end anyway so it isn’t unbiased. Just a note to your readers, it indicates preference of thinking, I can notice a transition from INTJ to INFJ over the past few years in myself, but even those traits aren’t set in stone.

  • Cam

    The MBTI is not a reliable or valid personality test that psychologists use. I would recommend using the NEO, which is based on the Big-5 personality traits that have been validated cross-culturally. You can take it for free here: http://personalitytest.net/ipip/index.html

    • http://www.quantifiedbob.com/ Bob

      Thanks Cam, I will definitely check it out!