For some questions, you might find it hard to make a selection because you relate to both options. In such cases, think about which option you prefer more, which describes you best and which applies to you more often.
The concept of Personality Type was first developed in 1921, by the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung. Then in the 1940s, Katherine Briggs and her daughter Isabel Myers, refined Jung’s concept of personality and started developing the Myers Briggs Personality Test (MBTI), which is one of the popular personality assessments available today. Their intention was to create an instrument, which would make the concept of personality type easier for people to understand and use in practical ways.
To understand your personality you need to know more about the following:
There are two opposite preferences for each of these four points. In other words, there are two opposite ways in which you could perform each point. These preferences are explained in the table below.
You use all of these eight preferences at different points in time. For example, sometimes you might go about your day in a very structured/organised way and at other times you might take a more spontaneous approach.
However, you will use one preference in each row more often than the other and feel more comfortable using that preference. Think of it as writing with your dominant hand, which feels natural. When you use your dominant hand for writing, you are very comfortable and write without any effort. When you use the other hand, you can still write but have to put in a much greater effort to produce anything legible.
If you think about it, we go about our day doing two things 1) Taking in information 2) Making decisions based on that information. This is exactly, what the preferences in the middle (S-N, T-F) are concerned with. These two preferences form the core of your personality. The other two preferences (E-I, J-P) mostly indicate how we use the core preferences.
Your preference on each row of the table above indicates your personality type. So if you prefer Extraversion (E), Intuition (N), Feeling (F) and Perceiving (P); then your personality type is ENFP.
As you probably realised, there are 16 personality types, which are shown below.