My Myers – Briggs Personality Type

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Today I want to share with everyone my Myers – Briggs Type indicator MBTI.  I believe it’s usually a pretty accurate description of how a person thinks and why they act the way they do. I know some people see the test as faulty and I’m sure it’s not perfect, but not far from it in my opinion, at least not with my results. If they score mostly in the middle it can seem off or like it could go either way for them, and they’re probably right. In my testing, the results are always strong in every type. My profile describes me perfectly, and I’ve tested several times over the years and always get the same results. I guess that explains why I believe the test is so accurate.


This is the most popular personality assessment test and is used all over the world. Employers often use this test to choose who they hire for certain positions. I think that is risky and if the test is used it shouldn’t be the deciding factor in the choice of who is hired. Even if the test results are what they’re looking for, it doesn’t measure competence and obviously that’s an important factor. For example I love watching Stephen hawking, Into the Universe. It’s fascinating but by the end I realize just how much I don’t understand of what I just watched. He’s reported to be an INTJ and I have no problem saying I’m not competent enough to come close to achieving his success no matter how young I started or how dedicated I was to it. Then again, if I was truly dedicated, maybe I could have. It can be helpful but not necessarily proof that a person will or will not succeed in any given position. We humans are known to be very adaptable, especially out of necessity. If you’re a person trying to figure out what career you are best suited for, I think the test can be helpful to you.


That for the most part sums up my opinion of the test.


My Myers-Briggs personality type is – drum roll…….. INTJ and this is what that says about me:


The Scientist


As an INTJ, your primary mode of living is focused internally, where you take things in primarily via your intuition. Your secondary mode is external, where you deal with things rationally and logically.


INTJs live in the world of ideas and strategic planning. They value intelligence, knowledge, and competence, and typically have high standards in these regards, which they continuously strive to fulfill. To a somewhat lesser extent, they have similar expectations of others.


With Introverted Intuition dominating their personality, INTJs focus their energy on observing the world, and generating ideas and possibilities. Their mind constantly gathers information and makes associations about it. They are tremendously insightful and usually are very quick to understand new ideas. However, their primary interest is not understanding a concept, but rather applying that concept in a useful way. Unlike the INTP, they do not follow an idea as far as they possibly can, seeking only to understand it fully. INTJs are driven to come to conclusions about ideas. Their need for closure and organization usually requires that they take some action.


INTJ’s tremendous value and need for systems and organization, combined with their natural insightfulness, makes them excellent scientists. An INTJ scientist gives a gift to society by putting their ideas into a useful form for others to follow. It is not easy for the INTJ to express their internal images, insights, and abstractions. The internal form of the INTJ’s thoughts and concepts is highly individualized, and is not readily translatable into a form that others will understand. However, the INTJ is driven to translate their ideas into a plan or system that is usually readily explainable, rather than to do a direct translation of their thoughts. They usually don’t see the value of a direct transaction, and will also have difficulty expressing their ideas, which are non-linear. However, their extreme respect of knowledge and intelligence will motivate them to explain themselves to another person who they feel is deserving of the effort.


INTJs are natural leaders, although they usually choose to remain in the background until they see a real need to take over the lead. When they are in leadership roles, they are quite effective, because they are able to objectively see the reality of a situation, and are adaptable enough to change things which aren’t working well. They are the supreme strategists – always scanning available ideas and concepts and weighing them against their current strategy, to plan for every conceivable contingency.


INTJs spend a lot of time inside their own minds, and may have little interest in the other people’s thoughts or feelings. Unless their Feeling side is developed, they may have problems giving other people the level of intimacy that is needed. Unless their Sensing side is developed, they may have a tendency to ignore details which are necessary for implementing their ideas.


The INTJ’s interest in dealing with the world is to make decisions, express judgments, and put everything that they encounter into an understandable and rational system. Consequently, they are quick to express judgments. Often they have very evolved intuitions, and are convinced that they are right about things. Unless they complement their intuitive understanding with a well-developed ability to express their insights, they may find themselves frequently misunderstood. In these cases, INTJs tend to blame misunderstandings on the limitations of the other party, rather than on their own difficulty in expressing themselves. This tendency may cause the INTJ to dismiss others input too quickly, and to become generally arrogant and elitist.


INTJs are ambitious, self-confident, deliberate, long-range thinkers. Many INTJs end up in engineering or scientific pursuits, although some find enough challenge within the business world in areas which involve organizing and strategic planning. They dislike messiness and inefficiency, and anything that is muddled or unclear. They value clarity and efficiency, and will put enormous amounts of energy and time into consolidating their insights into structured patterns.


Other people may have a difficult time understanding an INTJ. They may see them as aloof and reserved. Indeed, the INTJ is not overly demonstrative of their affections, and is likely to not give as much praise or positive support as others may need or desire. That doesn’t mean that he or she doesn’t truly have affection or regard for others, they simply do not typically feel the need to express it. Others may falsely perceive the INTJ as being rigid and set in their ways. Nothing could be further from the truth, because the INTJ is committed to always finding the objective best strategy to implement their ideas. The INTJ is usually quite open to hearing an alternative way of doing something.


When under a great deal of stress, the INTJ may become obsessed with mindless repetitive, Sensate activities, such as over-drinking. They may also tend to become absorbed with minutia and details that they would not normally consider important to their overall goal.


INTJs need to remember to express themselves sufficiently, so as to avoid difficulties with people misunderstandings. In the absence of properly developing their communication abilities, they may become abrupt and short with people, and isolationists.


INTJs have a tremendous amount of ability to accomplish great things. They have insight into the Big Picture, and are driven to synthesize their concepts into solid plans of action. Their reasoning skills gives them the means to accomplish that. INTJs are most always highly competent people, and will not have a problem meeting their career or education goals. They have the capability to make great strides in these arenas. On a personal level, the INTJ who practices tolerances and puts effort into effectively communicating their insights to others has everything in his or her power to lead a rich and rewarding life.


This is a pretty fair assessment of how I am although some things make me cringe a little. I am often misunderstood. It’s true I do have deep feelings toward others, but I tend to assume people know that and I forget people need to have that expressed more often. I’ve been working on that for a while. Small talk is not my thing. I don’t like to talk about future ideas unless I can go ahead and start working on it now.


There is a great benefit and a big downside to having this personality type while dealing with ALS. The great thing is that I can easily stay in my thoughts. I don’t have a strong desire to be the life of the party or to be around people often. As long as I can still plan and communicate my thoughts and be productive, I won’t be near as miserable as the person who needs to be with people often. It has already proven helpful being practically holed up in my room because of the stairs. I spend a lot of time alone, but I’ve also kept myself busy, for one with this blog and other projects I have going.


The big downside is not being able to act on things that I believe need to be done a certain way. This is already manifesting itself with my husband taking over things I’ve always done. I tend to believe I’m doing things the best and most efficient way. After all I’ve put a lot of thought into it before mastering it. It’s not easy for me to let go and watch it being done differently. I think this is really going to be a frustration for me when I have to rely much more often on paid caretakers, especially if I have different ones often. I won’t be able to speak to let them know how I prefer things and if I make a list that seems unnecessary, they will conclude I’m just being a difficult patient and will dread caring for me. I’ve heard this scenario described in a support group I attend. It scares me because I know how helpless I’ll be, and to a person who didn’t choose the right profession it could lead to frustration on their part and even abuse. I’m trying to think ahead about later care to avoid these situations.


Here is a free adapted version of the full test. Try it if just for fun and share your results if you like.


I’m not sure what my next post will be. I’ll just have to see how I’m feeling or if something new has come up I want to share with you.


Until next time, take care,









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This article was written by April


TrudyMay 23, 2013 at 6:09 pmReply

that’s really interesting, April. I took it years ago and felt like it was right on the money. (: I took it again today, and it said INFJ. Now I’m reading up on myself. I read one site that said only 1% of the population has INFJ. …leave it to me. haha I find it interesting to see what public personalities have the same type as well. Hope you are having an ok day today. love you.

April AprilMay 23, 2013 at 10:05 pmReply

Trudy, thanks for sharing your results. I’ll be reading up on you. I never was a, “What’s your sign?” person. I’m a “What’s your MBTI?” Helps me figure people out a little. I agree, we do have a lot of introverts in the family. My day has been busy but not complaining. Hope all is well with you. love you

jules468May 24, 2013 at 8:02 pmReply

I agree. The Myers-Briggs is usually spot on. I am an ISTJ all the way.

jennimac77May 30, 2013 at 9:13 pmReply

I am INXX: sometimes thinker, sometimes feeler; sometimes judger, more oftentimes perceiver.

I have been studying Myers-Briggs for over 10 years, and it has never been completely accurate for me. However, there are certain parts of each temperament that definitely make me say “C’est moi!”…

I have always been curious about my inconsistencies, and I think many times I have changes in my outlook depending on sleep patterns and hormones. I can cut you to the quick with a look or a word some days and have absolutely no remorse about it–you deserved it: that speaks to Thinking. Other days, my heart breaks at your beauty and perceived fragility, and I can’t find it in me to speak a harsh word, however true it may be–Feeling. Similarly, I am the queen of list-making. I wish I could make a career out of organizing things in Excel. That would speak to the Judging. However, I can put off a decision endlessly, and I never seem to have a plan around activities–I’ll let someone else make the plan and I’ll spontaneously play along–that speaks to the Perceiver.

These inconsistencies are a big reason why I float in and out of other people’s lives. Please don’t take it personally. 🙂

I think you are right that you will have some real difficulties when it comes to others doing things differently from the way you have thoughtfully determined they should be done. Most people don’t think a lot anyway, and just take things as they come. INTJ is quite opposite–you think about everything from every angle before deciding on the “best” way. You are a very small percentage of the population, though I have seen time and time again that this is the most “popular” temperament to claim, since it sounds so smart. There are always dozens of people at work who are very emotional and extroverted, who will say, “yes, I am definitely INTJ”, because that’s perceived as the most common executive-level temperament in the corporate world. 🙂 But what I remember of you, April, fits squarely with the descriptions.

I love you!

April AprilMay 30, 2013 at 9:49 pmReply

Thanks for expressing that. I promise I won’t take your inconsistencies personally if you won’t take my tendencies to shut people out because I need to think and plan in my head. I know I’ve offended many people because I’m in my thoughts and don’t outwardly seem interested in what’s going on around me. I usually do care very much. I’m just very busy thinking of the best way to get something else accomplished.
I’m writing this from my executive office at ALS Headquarters. AKA my bed 🙂