Have you ever taken the Myers-Briggs personality test? Inspired by Carl Jung’s theory of psychological types, the test sorts each individual’s dominant personality traits into categories of extraversion vs introversion, sensing vs intuition, thinking vs feeling, and judging vs perceiving. By answering a few key questions, you can get an insight into who you are.
I went to https://www.16personalities.com/, an elaboration on the Myers-Briggs model, and took a 10-minute quiz. Twenty years ago, I took a similar quiz as an undergraduate and remembered my results. I was surprised to find now that I’d switched in two categories, from Feeling to Thinking and from Perceiving to Judging. An in-depth analysis of your personality profile follows the quiz.
The description of “my” personality type—INTJ-T, “The Architect”—was astonishingly accurate, from the strengths listed (decisive, intellectual, open-minded) to the weaknesses (arrogant, overly analytical, judgmental). Page after page of profile details made me feel like someone had looked into my soul and snapped a picture.
To test the accuracy of the site, I decided to retake the test as Sophia, my main character from A Leap of Faith. Answering as I imagined she’d answer, I was given the results of ESFJ-A, “The Consul”: loving and warm, devoted to duty, and loyal, whose main weaknesses are a tendency to be too selfless and sensitive to criticism. Nailed it.
If you’re a writer, I recommend running your characters through the quiz at the 16 Personalities site. The weaknesses revealed can be a great starting point for developing conflict for your character. (Indeed, Sophia’s tendency to put others’ needs before her own is what gets her into trouble.) I can’t wait to use the test on Lee Cooper, my protagonist from Turning the Tides, set to be released with The Wild Rose Press in spring of 2017. I predict fiery Lee will be an ENFP-T.
Whether you’re a writer or a reader, try taking the personality test, and prepare to be amazed!