I recently realised that I’m a paper planner girl. And because I’ve decided to really make my new planner work for me, I thought it might be a good idea to understand more about the way that I work.
I’ve heard of the Myers Briggs personality types before, but had never taken a test, because frankly, I didn’t see the need to. But I figured that if I would be designing my own inserts for my planner, I wanted to have a design that worked for me – otherwise I’d be back to square one in the planner department! So I wanted to know more about the way I work best. How does my brain process, categorise and filter everything? How much social interaction and personal space do I need?
If you don’t know much about the Myers Briggs personality types, here’s a quick rundown:
There are four different dimensions and in each dimension, you may have a tendency toward one of two possible personality types.
I’ve listed the dimensions here with the personality type in brackets. The highlighted capital letter is the abbreviated letter code for that type:
- Preferred world: whether you prefer to focus on the outer world or your own inner world (Extraversion or Intraversion)
- Information: whether you prefer to focus on the basic information you take in or rather interpret and add meaning (Sensing or INtuition)
- Decisions: whether you prefer to first look at logic and consistency or the people and special circumstances (Thinking or Feeling)
- Structure: In dealing with the outside world, do you prefer to get things decided or do you prefer to stay open to new information and options (Judging or Perceiving)
So I took a test!
Now, I didn’t do the official Myers Briggs personality test as that would cost $50. And I wasn’t taking the test to see how I work best in a corporate setting. So I took a free test instead by Truity.
My results really surprised me!!
Myers Briggs Mystery
I was borderline on every personality type with the exception of the Thinking/Feeling dimension, where I came down on the Feeling (F) type.
So I ended up with 8 possible personality types!!!
So I thought, perhaps I need to go back over the questions again and make a point of answering exactly how I behave and not how I want to behave. Or indeed, how I want others to say how I behave. So I took the test again. And you know what happened?
It turns out that I’m borderline on EVERY personality dimension!!! So I could be any one of the 16 different personality types!!
WHAT?? HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE???
Well to be honest, this did make some things quite clear. It made sense why I have struggled for so long to keep and maintain a planner system. Sometimes I’m rigid, sometimes I’m spontaneous. I go in and out of processing information one way, only to change my method and switch to processing another way!
I feel a bit like a Jekyll and Hyde!!
But I still wasn’t satisfied with my result as that got me no closer to understanding my work process. So I did a search on the best personality test to take (for free) and I got a lot of mixed reviews. In the end, I took the advice of just one person. Someone said that all the different tests wouldn’t be as helpful as reading up on the Myers Briggs system yourself and deciding for yourself which ones you most identify with.
My Own Myers Briggs Research
So I did that. I read up on all the different personalities and I’m happy to say that from my initial 8 personality types, I narrowed it down to four. And after doing more reading and thinking, I managed to get that down to 2. INFP and INFJ. I struggled with these two for a long time and couldn’t seem to choose between them. The ‘P’ and ‘J’ personality types were really 50/50 for me. I like making lists (J), but I also work best with a deadline fast approaching (P).
But after doing even more reading and thinking, I finally brought it down to one. Do you want to know which personality type I am?
Wanna know what Truity says about INFJ people? And I only looked this up after I made my decision!
INFJs are creative nurturers with a strong sense of personal integrity and a drive to help others realize their potential. Creative and dedicated, they have a talent for helping others with original solutions to their personal challenges. – Truity.com
OH MY DAYS!!!!
I knew that starting this blog had been on my heart for a long time, but I didn’t think that it was almost hard-wired into my personality! This realisation has also made me super excited about creating my planner inserts. I’m sure there are a lot of paper lovers out there who would love a unique kind of planner set up.
So I’m eager to get started! How about you? Do you know what your Myers Briggs personality type is? Fancy finding out? I’d be interested to hear what you discovered!