16 Boxes … Or Not

It took me an hour longer than needed to write this post because I kept getting sidetracked on the links I’ll include later … I’ll get down to business now. *grins and rubs hands together*

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator = awesome. Even a slight mention of it and I go dancing down the rabbit trail. For those of you who don’t know about MBTI, there are sixteen four-letter types. You’re either Introverted or Extroverted, iNtuitive or Sensing, Feeling or Thinking, and Perceiving or Judging.

Here’s a quick explanation of what those words mean:

Introverts get their energy from being alone, have few close friends, and enjoy spending time in their heads. Extroverts get their energy from being with people, have lots of friends, and enjoy getting out and doing things. That doesn’t mean extroverts never need to be alone and introverts never want to be with people. I’m very much an introvert, but I NEED human interaction … as long as I get plenty of alone time in between socializing.

introvert

The best way I can describe sensing and intuition is: people with sensing see the details, are practical, and rely on experience. People with intuition see the big picture and work with metaphors and abstract theories. As an intuitive, the hardest part about writing this post is translating the impressions in my head into words that make sense.

Feelers make decisions based on personal concerns and people involved. Thinkers make theirs based on logic and facts. It has nothing to do with depth of emotion and level of intelligence, just which of those is used to make decisions.

Judgers are more organized. They like structure and to-do lists, and work well with deadlines. Perceivers are spontaneous and work in random energy bursts. They like keeping their options open.

Yes, fitting all the billions of people in the world into sixteen types can look like putting them in boxes, but I see it a different way. It’s a starting point, a springboard that helps me understand a person, which I then expand as I discover more of their own special uniqueness. Most people aren’t rigidly typed, either. We’re all glorious smushes.

INFP meme

Though after a conversation last night, I think I have strong J tendencies, and sometimes I act like a T. See what I mean? Smushes.

My favorite website to take the test is http://www.16personalities.com, and they have excellent information about each of the types. Another fun one is http://oddlydevelopedtypes.com/. Besides type insights, there’s comics, post-apocalyptic short stories, and other cool stuff. And since I like figuring out characters’ types, I’m a frequent visitor to http://funkymbtifiction.tumblr.com/.

What type are you?

3 comments to 16 Boxes … Or Not

  • Elizabeth Glasscock  says:

    The more I learn about personality types, the more I love them! And Smushes! That perfectly sums it up. I can’t wait for more!

  • Becky  says:

    Protagonist (ENFJ-a) LOL I was almost 50/50 all the way. I would think that would make me a shape shifter type of character, able to blend in with any situation. OR intensely awkward. Thanks for sharing, thaat was fun 🙂

    • rejdragonwriter  says:

      Hahaha, maybe you’re an intensely awkward shape-shifter. You just need a black cloak. 😉 I’m glad you had fun!

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