As much as we may dislike being categorized, personality type indicators such as Myers-Briggs can be good indicators of how an individual will best fit into a team. The theory goes that every individual’s personality can be measured on four different scales:
- Extroverted vs. Introverted : (E … I)
- Sensing vs. Intuition : (S … N)
- Thinking vs. Feeling : (T … F)
- Judging vs. Perceiving : (J … P)
An individual’s score falls at a point on a continuum between the two extremes of each measure, and a four letter type designation is assigned based on which side of the scale you fall.
The test is not used to determine right or wrong, but rather to gain insight as to fit with job or company cultural. Knowing the personality type for fellow team members makes it easier to interact effectively.
Although I’d love to be more decisive and extroverted, I’m happy to be in the company of fellow INTPs Lincoln, Einstein, Pascal, Descartes, Jung, Darwin, and Socrates. (… yes, and the Olsen Twins)
INTPs are logical, individualistic, reserved, and very curious individuals. They focus on ideas, theories and the explanation of how things work. They are especially adept at discussions and debate. They have the ability to focus intently on a subject, and they appreciate and respect intelligence in others.
I recently found an interesting site at http://www.mypersonality.info that offers the test for free, and even creates a personal page and badge. Here’s mine: