Have you taken the Myers Briggs 16 Personalities Test? Do you think it totally described you? Is it possible to lump the entire human population into 16 personalities? In my case, I have taken the test about 4 times in the past 4 years. Out of those 4 times, only once did I feel like I could identify with the result.
The test is based on psychological research into the psyches of the human mind. There are 4 different letters representing how we interact with people, the way we perceive the world, and personal inclinations. The final 5th letter was added for identity based on confidence in self.
The test shares similar characteristics with the Big 5 Personality Traits, which is more widely accepted by psychologists. However, for this test there is research on genetic and environmental factors that have some influence over personality traits.
For the Myers Briggs Test (MBT), it is based on answers to questions on a scale, and combine to give a percentage for each one of the letters for personality aspects and identity:
Mind: Introversion (I) or Extroversion (E)
Energy: Observant (S) or Intuition (N)
Nature: Thinking (T) or Feeling (F)
Tactics: Judging (J) or Prospecting (P)
Identity: Assertive (A) or Turbulent (T)
The test is intended as a developmental indicator. It will point out some strengths and weaknesses and identify them for you, so if willing, you can increase your strengths.
There was useful advice offered, the description and results identify the general strengths and weaknesses of your type.
My first experience with the MBT was back in year 10. The school’s career counsellor had a session with all the classes and made us circle answers that best described us. It was only a short double sided A4 sheet and was meant to show us the type of careers are best suited to our ‘personality type’.
For me, it felt as though I should only pursue a career that was in my ‘top 10’ list of careers, and when my parents saw the results they highly encouraged me to do so. Since then, I have definitely learnt that although those test results did provide some sort of guidance for a career choice, it did not mean that I had to pursue it to be successful.
Recently, as I was applying for intern roles and jobs, some places did require me to do ‘assessment centres’ and fill out personal responses to questions prepared. Then based on the result, they will decide for you if you are good fit for the company, and what type of roles are best suited.
I personally feel as though my MBT results are a quite accurate description of me, and I could identify with what it said. However, I do not think it is justified to restrict individuals from a role because of their traits and personality.
The MBT is used by about every 9 out of 10 Fortune 500 Companies. It has widespread use in workplaces, and is used for picking out the strengths desired in some people and also to choose people who are best suited for that role based on personality and rather than merit and achievements.
Knowing this, if you found out that a workplace you are applying for preferred traits of a specific personality, would you change your answers to give yourself the best chance of being hired? If companies are choosing to look over applicants that do not match their desired personality is that biased discrimination?
What do you think?
Whether you think the 16 personalities test is just like astrology, or if you think it is just great insight into your personality, there is no doubt that the test is a useful tool for society, people and workplaces when used with the right intention.
All that’s left is for you to take the test! Let me know if you think it was insightful and accurate for you! Or maybe you found the result to be different and just read them all to figure out which one suited best!