I firmly believe the better I know myself the better I can show up as my best self. That’s one of the reasons I am so interested in personality tests and I’ve taken plenty of them including MBTI, Enneagram, StandOut, and 4 Temperaments.
“To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.” – Socrates (maybe)
And I know there is plenty to debunk the credibility of these kinds of tests. Just search “Myers Briggs Wrong” into Youtube and it isn’t hard to see that Myers Briggs 16 personalities aren’t exactly universally excepted.
Even still, I find these tests particularly interesting and helpful when it comes to understanding myself better.
With that being said, they can also lead down some pretty massive rabbit holes with some not so clear results. I took the official MBTI Myers Briggs Personality test and I got an ENTP, flirting the line with an ENFP. The way mbtionline.com described an ENTP resonated with me, from the positive characteristics to the possible pitfalls, so I thought it pinned me pretty well.
Then I was doing some exploring to see what it would mean to be a TP borderline FP and came across a different style of test to “better” determine my “cognitive profile.” And in the new test, I came up as an ESTP, which resonated with me as well. So what the heck does that mean? Which one am I? How many of these combinations could I possibly fall into?
I’m not one that believes our personalities are fixed. I believe we can and do evolve as individuals. My mood, recent conversations, and recent successes or failures can impact the ways I take these tests. So how much weight do I give to my individual scores? Not a lot. There is something to be learned reading through the different profile descriptions but it’s unhelpful to use them to define me because a test can’t do that and in a couple weeks, months or years who knows how I may answer the questions.
So yeah, I’ll probably keep taking them but I am more confident than ever that they are useful tools for self-reflection and not so useful as a way to define who I am.