What's Your Personality type?

All those readers who have gone through my previous article on Personality Meaning and Determinant now might be having better understanding of what exactly the term “Personality” means and also what are those factors that lead to its formation – termed as Determinants. Personality Meaning And Determinants

Still the most interesting aspect we all want to understand is the Personality Types that we belong do.
Sometimes we have received a comment from others on the type of personality we have and a lot of times we have made a comment about others on the same.
But do we really understand the meaning of these personality types or is it just on the basis of our subjective understanding.

In this article we’ll try to identify the exact Personality Types that exists and the explanatory difference among them.
In the end this article will give you an intact and precise elucidation on the Personality Traits and Types which will give you edge over others in recognizing what Personality Types humans have and what traits these personality types demonstrate.

Personality Traits are the characteristics that have an impact on the behavior of an individual.

Personality Type is the collection of these traits. In simple terms Personality Type categorizes people on the basis of their thoughts, feeling, action and reaction towards anything in their external environment.

The two most prevalent frameworks that exists in Psychology to identify and categorize personality types are

  1. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
  2. Big Five Personality Model

Also these assessment tools are most often applied in the Organizational setup to identify the personality type the prospective or the current employees are having and accordingly establish the employee and job profile fitment. Therefore these frameworks are of utmost importance in the study of Organizational Behavior.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

This tool which is 100 questions based questionnaire asking how people would react to different situations they encounter in their external environment or how do they feel or act towards a particular external stimuli (namely a situation) was developed by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers.

Based on the responses gathered the individuals are classified as:

Extraverted Vs. Introverted (E or I)

Extraverted will show traits like being people friendly, outgoing, dialogue initiators and assertive.

Introverted are quiet, prefer to answer and avoid asking, shy and remain confined within their own self.

Sensing Vs. Intuitive (S or N)

You fall under the Sensing category if you focus on details, emphasize on facts, and you are more scientific or practical

Intuitive will prefer to rely on hunches or visionary ability when making decisions and focus less on facts and data. Rather than focusing on small little details intuitive will focus on the complete picture

Thinking Vs. Feeling (T or F)

Thinking ones while dealing with issues and problems focus on logic. They deliberately use their reasoning skills.

Feeling ones give preference to how they feel towards the issue and to them logic is secondary.

Judging Vs. Perceiving (J or P)

Judging ones prefer control and want things to be structured properly, following a schedule or routine, they focus on setting goals and attaining them. They are planned and organized.

Perceiving ones have an endless approach towards life and they are more casual rather than structured. They are more flexible.

But it doesn’t end here; further the combination of the above classification gives 16 Personality Types.
These 16 types are generated on the basis of including one trait from each of the four pairs mentioned.

For Example:
ESTJ Personality (Extrovert, Sensing, Thinking and Judging) or
INTF Personality (Introvert, Intuitive, Thinking and Feeling).

Enlisted below is the elaboration of all 16 Personality Types.

Guess which type you belong to??

ISTJ: Are you “The Inspector”?

When elaborated the abbreviation ISTJ stands for (I) Introverts, who prefer to be reserved, (S) Sensing, who focus on facts, (T) Thinking, they follow logic and make use of reasoning and (J) Judging, who prefer a plan and like things to be in order.

ISTJs are commonly referred to as the “Inspector Personalities” reason being that they go by logic and search for details and believe on facts.

ISTJs are highly dependable. Jobs and responsibilities can be easily handed over to them.

They prefer order and like to keep things and material in an organized manner.

They like to be neat, tidy and methodical.

ISTJs do not tolerate if facts and situations around them are in a haphazard manner.

Sorting out and maintaining order is their priority.

They believe in following rules.

While taking decisions they are go by facts and logic.

Being Introverts they prefer to spend time alone.

They avoid chit chatting and looking for opportunities to socialize.

Well known ISTJ: Queen Elizabeth

ISTP: Are you “The Craftsperson”?

The abbreviation here stand for (I) Introverts, who prefer to be reserved, (S) Sensing, who focus on facts, (T) Thinking, they follow logic and make use of reasoning and (P) Perceiving, who prefer spontaneity and flexibility rather than plan and order.

ISTPs are called “Craftsperson Personality” because of their comfort with tools and mechanics.

Most of their traits are similar to ISTJs but important thing that makes them stand apart from ISTJs is their spontaneous behavior and flexibility towards the external stimuli.

They react to things in a self-directed manner rather than planning too much.

They are fit for jobs where emergency situations are involved as they are good at taking immediate action based on the demands of the current situation and do not look for well established standards, plans and rules. 

Good at doing as and when whatever is required.

Well known ISTP: Bruce Lee

ISFJ: Are you “The Protector”?

The acronym ISFJ describes people who are Introvert, Sensing, Feeling and Judging type.

They prefer to spend time alone, make use of logic, their decisions are based on their feelings and their value system.

They prefer to approach things in a planned and organized manner.

They are dutiful and focus a great deal on fulfilling their responsibilities.

They take initiative in taking care of others and protecting others.

They have preference for rules and regulations and want things to be around the in an organized manner.

They have a good ability to take care of others, have feelings of compassion and always make others realize that they are there to protect them – The Protector.

Well known ISFJ: Mother Teresa

ISFP: Are you “The Composer”?

As the acronyms describe these are Introverts, Sensing, Feeling and Perceiving type.

They prefer to be spend time alone. They go by logic and rely more on their feelings and values when making decisions. They prefer to go with the flow and be spontaneous.

For their wonderful artistic sense they are even called “The Composers”.

They love to live in the present moment and enjoy every bit of it. They are not loud and too expressive but appreciate their surrounding and believe in cheerfulness.

Their strong artistic sense gives them strength to excel in art and creativity.

They strongly believe in helping others but avoid coming in the forefront.

They are quiet and prefer to remain confined within themselves.

Their creativity speaks loudly about them.

Well known ISFP: Michael Jackson

INFJ: Are you the Counselor?

INFJ abbreviation stands for people who are Introverts, iNtuitive, Feeling and Judging type.

INFJs prefer to send time alone, rely more on their hunches and visionary abilities, go by their feeling when it comes to making decisions and are organized well planned people.

They are known for their strength in understanding others and commonly addressed as “The Counselors”.

They can easily realize the emotions and mental well being of others and accordingly are good at providing solutions if asked for help.

They are generally quite people and share their feelings only with people who they trust the most.

They are also good care takers and can be easily relied upon.

Well known INFJ: Florence Nightingale.

INFP: Are you “The Healer”?

INFPs are Introverts, iNtuitive, Feeling and Perceiving type.

They enjoy their own company and avoid socializing too much. Have a higher preference for their intuitions and give a lesser preference to logic and facts.

They consider their feelings and values when making decisions and are more spontaneous.

For their traits of having compassion for others and carrying a sympathetic attitude they are mostly known as “The Healers”.

They follow their own individual thoughts and feelings and live in the moment.

They see immense possibilities in all situations and are creative in taking a way out in their lives.

They are good at expressing themselves in creative ways.

At the same time they do not believe in judging others and respect the existence of others accepting them the way they are.

They strongly believe that all should devise and follow their own path in life.

Well known INFP – William Shakespeare

INTJ: Are you “The Mastermind”

The acronym describes INTJs as Introverts, iNtuitive, Thinking and Judging type.

They mostly enjoy the time alone. Go by their values and ideas rather than facts. Use their logical and reasoning skills and are planned and organized people.

For their strategic and logical perspective they are mostly known as “The Mastermind”.

They are known for skillfully applying their problem-solving ability and perceive things in a very logical way which further helps them in strategically resolving issues related to their professional as well as personal life.

They establish higher benchmarks for their performances and believe in continuously upgrading their knowledge and skills.

They enjoy the company of intellectual people.

Well known INTJ: Sir Isaac Newton, Bill Gates and Hillary Clinton

INTP: Are you “The Architect”?

The acronym describes INTPs as Introverts, iNtuitive, Thinking and Perceiving type.

INTPs prefer to spend time alone, believe their hunches, use logic and reasoning and remain spontaneous and go with the flow.

They are known for their fascination towards complex systems, designs and logical understanding because of which they are even referred to as “The Architect”.

They spend their time and energy in understanding the universal law behind any existence.

They remain involve in the complex understanding of whatever they come across and for the same reason to others they appear as preoccupied in their own thoughts.

INTPs  follow a non-conventional thought process and never agree to take things for granted.

Well known INTP: Albert Einstein and Abraham Lincoln.

ESTP: Are you “The Dynamo”?

The acronym stands for Extraverted, Sensing, Thinking and Perceiving type.

ESTPs are people who enjoy the company of others, believe in facts, use their logical and reasoning ability in problem solving and are more spontaneous and flexible.

They are known for their high energy approach in dealing with people and situation and for the same they are referred to as “The Dynamo”.

They dynamic approach creates a lot of energy around them and this same energy can be felt by people who stay with the ESTPs.

They become the center of attraction at any social gathering and attract people with their sense of humor and energetic approach.

They are very social and adapt to the situation well.

They prefer opting for risky and dangerous options.

Well known ESTP: Donald Trump and Madonna

ESTJ: Are you “The Supervisor”?

The abbreviation ESTJ describes people who are Extraverted, Sensing, Thinking and Judging type.

ESTJs like to spend time with others, rely on facts and details, make use of their reasoning skill in problem solving and are planned and organized people.

They have the ability to lead the situation and take charge of it because of which they are referred to as “The Supervisor”.

ESTJs are conventional people who believe in abiding by the rules and get things done in a much systematized manner.

They not only establish guidelines and rules in a disorganized situation but also help others follow the established rule. 

They are ready to take up a leadership role in any unpredictable situation and try to turn it into a more predictable one.

Well known ESTJ: George Washington.

ESFP: Are you “The Performer”?

The acronym stands for Extraverted, Sensing, Feeling and Perceiving type.

These are people who like to spend time with others, believe in facts and details, rely more on their feelings rather than logic and are spontaneous and flexible.

ESFPs socialize to a great extent and love entertaining people around them.

They easily charm people with their humor, laughter and light hearted conversation and for the same they are known as “The Performers”.

ESFPs are enthusiastic and playful and keep their surrounding lively

All that ESFPs want is “Fun”.

They are very helping and extend assistance whenever required.

Well known ESFP: Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley.

ESFJ: Are you “The Provider”?

The acronym stands for Extraverted, Sensing, Feeling and Judging type.

ESFJs enjoy the company of others, rely on facts and details, believe in their values and feelings when making a decision and are planned and organized people.

ESFJs prefer a harmonious environment around them and are eager to help and provide as and when required. For this same reason they are also known as “The Providers”.

They are wonderful caretakers and givers.

They are sensitive towards the needs and emotions of others.

They try resolving the issues of others as if it were their own.

They are sincere and diligently fulfill their responsibilities.

They prioritize their family and dear ones.

Well known ESFJ: Mary Tyler Moore

ENFP: Are you “The Champion”?

The acronym describes ENFP as Extraverted, iNtuitive, Feeling and Perceiving type.

ENFPs enjoy being with others, focus on their hunches, rely on their feelings when making decision and are spontaneous.

They are known for helping others comprehend their dreams and for the same reason they are known as “The Champions”.

They love being in the company of others, are humorous and help others identify their potential, dreams and suggest creative ideas to achieve the intended.

They have the skill to communicate their mind and are expressive.

They always seek the new. Repetition and familiarity soon brings boredom for them.

Well known ENFP: Bill Clinton.

ENFJ: Are you “The Teacher”?

The acronym describes ENFJ as Extraverted, iNtuitive, Feeling and Judging type.

ENFJs enjoy the company of others, rely on their hunches, are driven by their feelings when making a decision and are planned and organized people.

For their ability to help others develop, grow and improve they are known as “The Teacher”.

They focus on their values and visions while deciding and acting.

They strongly believe in helping others grow and are also efficient in persuading others to comply with their ideas and work towards goal fulfillment.

They are optimistic and ambitious but they do not use their ambition for their personal motives rather apply them to make the World a better place.

Well known ENFJ: Oprah  Winfrey

ENTP: Are you “The Visionary”?

The ENTP abbreviation stands for Extraverted, iNtuitive, Thinking and Perceiving type.

ENTPs are people to like to be with others, focus on their ideas and hunches, use logic in decision making and prefer to be spontaneous.

They are always in search for new and have the ability to be innovative; therefore they are commonly known as “The Visionary”.

Their life centers on creation and invention.

They are intellectual and highly motivated to derive innovative solutions to intellectually challenging problems.

They are always looking for challenges and definitely like to solve problems that others find nearly impossible to deal with.

They are generally not comfortable with the established norms and would rather prefer to devise new ways to doing things.

They are clever and curious about the World around them.

Well known ENTP: Steve Jobs and Walt Disney.

ENTJ: Are you “The Commander”?

The acronym stands for Extraverted, iNtuitive, Thinking and Judging type.

ENTJs enjoy being with others, rely more on their ideas and hunches, use logic to make decision and are organized and well planned.

Due to their ability to lead others in all situations they are known as “The Commander”. 

They are leaders who are motivated to deal with the situation especially if it is disorganized.

ENTJs have the ability to drive people towards the established goals and can persuade them to abide by the established rules and procedures.

The always want to be in a powerful decision making position. But at the same time they are hard working and very well know how to get the work done from others.

They focus on their goals and are motivated to work with others in the achievement of the established goals.

They rarely have time for feelings.

Well known ENTJ: Napoleon Bonaparte.

The BIG FIVE Personality Model

Another scale that that defines the personality type is the Big Five Personality Model.
This model has identified FIVE broad dimensions which trigger the very basis of a human personality and also significantly show the variations among different personality types.
Here are the Big Five Factors:

1) Extraversion: 

This dimension identifies the comfort of the individual to enjoy being with others and having n inclination towards socializing.

Extraverts are sociable, assertive, like to take initiative and vocal.

At the same time Introverts are quiet, shy and prefer to spend time alone.

2) Agreeableness: 

This dimension highlights the individual’s tendency to differ from others.
People who are high on Agreeableness are considerate towards others, are warm, reliable and cooperative. They tend to be better team players.
On the other hand people low on this dimension are more disagreeable, are better individual players and on certain occasions might even appear cold and non-compassionate towards others.

3) Conscientiousness: 

This dimension describes the level of trustworthiness.
People high on conscientiousness are more reliable, dependable, planned and organized and persistent.
People low on this dimension lack concentration in work, are less reliable and are disorganized.

4) Emotional Stability: 

This dimension measures the individual’s ability to withstand stress.
People who score positive on this dimension are composed, calm and feel secure.

Others who score negative on this dimension are anxious, appear nervous, are depressed often feel insecure with context to people and situation.

5) Openness to Experience:

This dimension measures the level of interest and comfort with novelty or newness. People high on this dimension are creative, self confident, and are ready to experience and learn new things.

People who score low are comfortable with the familiar things, are conventional and avoid putting themselves into those situations which open doors for new experiences.

Lets Conclude: 

People differ on the basis of the type of personality they carry. Some can be extroverts, using logic and relying on facts preferring to be more organized while others can be quiet, relying more on their hunches, feelings and values, just going with the flow and not pushing themselves to be organized.

People can also differ in terms of complying with others and the established rules or the level of stress that they can take.

Considering the 16 Types given by MBTI or the five dimensions described by The Big Five Personality Type Model whatever maybe the Personality Type that individual’s carry one thing is for sure that no type is superior or inferior to the other. All Personality Types have their own pros and cons and all are special in their own way bearing their own uniqueness.

It’ll always be wise to consider what situations and scenarios these unique types fit and how can this uniqueness be used as strength.

Whatever Personality Type you might be, just be happy and contended. Remember to identify what makes you special.

Keertika Sharma

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