Finding the Real You: Abridged
How to Go About Finding the Real You
Understanding your type
Whatever the circumstances of your life,
the understanding of type can make your
perceptions clearer, your judgments sounder,
and your life closer to your heart’s desire.
– Isabel Briggs Myers
Although we are all taught to focus on our individuality, we have much more in common than is generally discussed. Because of our intense focus on personal achievement, we are often hesitant to discuss our similarities, and so we are left wondering if there are any other people out there having similar thoughts, emotions, etc. I, for instance, used to think that I was alone in my thinking style until I came across a shortened version of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®. After finding my type and reading through some of the available literature, I came to some pretty large realizations: While my “type” is fairly rare (1-3% of the population), that leaves 70 to 211 million people (as of the time of this writing) with an affinity to think just as I do. Below, I’ve copied some of the basics for you. After you have read through the material, I’ll explain how this information can be used to achieve peace in your life.
MBTI® Personality Type
The following information copied with permission from:Myers & Briggs Foundation. (2003). MBTI Basics®. Retrieved August 19th, 2013, from http://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-type/mbti-basics/.
The purpose of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality inventory is to make the theory of psychological types described by C. G. Jung understandable and useful in people’s lives. The essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in the behavior is actually quite orderly and consistent, being due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment.
“Perception involves all the ways of becoming aware of things, people, happenings, or ideas. Judgment involves all the ways of coming to conclusions about what has been perceived. If people differ systematically in what they perceive and in how they reach conclusions, then it is only reasonable for them to differ correspondingly in their interests, reactions, values, motivations, and skills.”
Type in Personal Growth
The following information copied with permission from:Myers & Briggs Foundation. (2003). Type in Personal Growth. Retrieved August 19th, 2013, from http://www.myersbriggs.org/type-use-for-everyday-life/type-in-personal-growth/.
Knowledge and understanding of the personality type as assessed by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® instrument can be a tool for personal growth, achieving balance, understanding self, and creating possibilities.
Your personality type doesn’t change over time, but each preference helps you in different ways, and to different degrees, as you move through your life. Type development is a lifelong process and understanding type can help you overcome challenges at various stages of life including youth, midlife, retirement, and aging.
Balancing Work and Play is another important part of our daily lives and an awareness of personality type can assist in creating the harmony between work life and leisure activities.
Knowledge of type can help people express their spirituality in ways that are comfortable and rewarding. For people who are already active spiritually, an understanding of type can direct them toward new more satisfying practices.
And finally, taking care of your own health or the health of others can be greatly influenced by the knowledge of personality type.
It is always important that personality type is not the answer to everything, just one more tool to help you grow, achieve, and prosper in your life.
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Taking the Test
Following are three ways you can take the test for yourself:
- You can go to http://www.myersbriggs.org and find a referral to a “Master Practitioner” to guarantee accurate results. However, there is a cost associated with doing this and the amount will depend on who and what exactly you choose to do.
- You can go directly to https://www.mbticomplete.com/en/index.aspx and take the test online for $49.95 (as of the writing of this book).
- There are also free versions you can find online by searching for “Myers Briggs short test free.” I have done this personally a number of times over a few years and I have received the same result each and every time. Assuming the URL remains constant, you can find the version I last used here: http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp. In fact, I just tried that very one again to make sure it was working. It took me 3:46 minutes to finish and I got the same answer as always … INTJ.
Good luck, and most importantly, have fun with it!