All About The Jung Personality Test

Updated January 7, 2023by BetterHelp Editorial Team

The Jung Personality Test, also known as the Jung Typology Test or the Myers Briggs Test, manifests Carl Jung's and Isabel Myers Briggs personality type theories. Upon taking the test, you are categorized into one of the 16 preset Jung personality types. People can use the Jung personality test to determine their tendencies in relationships, find potential employees with desirable characteristics, and explore their future career paths. When you have a deep understanding of your personality traits, you can enhance your strengths and go on a journey of personal growth.

Personality Tests Can Help Uncover Pieces Of Who We Are

How Do I Find Out About My Jung Personality Type?

Psychologists administer the Jung Personality Test, and you must pay to take the tests, whether online or offline. Your psychologist or psychiatrist must be licensed to give the tests. The consultation often accompanies an analysis, so you may garner more from it than just reading the results yourself. The Jung personality type test can offer great insights, but the biggest downside is the costs involved.

That is not to say that you cannot discover your Jung personality type without spending extra cash. There are free versions online, but keep in mind that these are often from informal organizations, so there is no guarantee that psychologists back up their claims. Also, they do not assess your personality to the extent that paid versions do. The free tests usually consist of a few generalized questions to diagnose your Jung personality type, which can result in an inaccurate verdict. Some offer a more in-depth survey but require further action (such as creating an account, payment, etc.) before allowing you to view your results.

What Are The Jung Personality Types?

Suppose you look at the 16 Jung personality types. In that case, you may be baffled by their cryptic names - they are composed of four capital letters, each with a clear meaning developed throughout years of psychological research.

While everyone is unique in their thoughts and behaviors, Carl Jung felt that each person could fit into a more generalized model of personality. He first developed the Jung personality types based on two principles: how we perceive things and how we make decisions. He then branched out by observing that we can perceive the world through our senses and intuitions and make decisions either logically or emotionally. While this was a huge stride in psychological research, it was not until later that the current 16 personality types model was finalized.

Isabel Briggs and her mother, Katherine, later expanded on Jung's idea to produce the full 16 personality types. While Isabel Briggs agreed with Jung's previous work on personality types, she discovered two additional perspectives of an individual's personality that Jung had not considered: judging vs. perceiving. After struggling to produce a generalization of various personality types, she came up with the following letters to represent each trait.

The letter 'E' stands for extroversion, and the letter 'I' stands for introversion. These two constitute a segment of personality termed the "flow of energy." It distinguishes whether we gain energy from the external or internal world. It is worth noting, however, that only some people would be complete extroverts or introverts. This may also change depending on other circumstances or as we age and develop.

The letter 'S' stands for sensing, and the letter 'N' stands for intuitive. These describe how one perceives the world most of the time. For example, you may rely on your five basic senses to make sense of what is happening around you, or you may rely on your instincts to perceive current events. The assigned letter describes your tendencies in most situations. Again, you may rely on your senses or instincts in certain circumstances that differ from the personality type the test assigns you.

To denote the two general ways we make decisions, the letters 'T' and 'F' are used. 'T' stands for thinking, in which we use our logic and objectivity to make decisions. 'F' stands for feeling, meaning we rely on our whim and emotions to make decisions. While many people use a mixture of both, many people tend to rely more on one over the other. The Jung personality test determines whether you make more logic-based or emotion-based decisions and assigns you the corresponding letter.

Lastly, the letter 'J' stands for judging, and the letter 'P' stands for perceiving. These two were the personality traits added by Isabel Briggs-Myers, and they describe how we interact with the world around us on a daily basis. Someone with a more judging type will tend to be more organized and purposeful when going about their days, while individuals with a perceiving type will tend to be more flexible and diverse regarding their schedule.

Personality Tests Can Help Uncover Pieces Of Who We Are

Different combinations of the letters mentioned above create the 16 Jung personality types. The types and their nicknames are listed below:

  • ISTJ - The Duty Fulfiller

  • ISTP - The Mechanic

  • ISFJ - The Nurturer

  • ISFP - The Artist

  • INFJ - The Protector

  • INFP - The Idealist

  • INTJ - The Scientist

  • INTP - The Thinker

  • ESTP - The Doer

  • ESTJ - The Guardian

  • ESFP - The Performer

  • ESFJ - The Caregiver

  • ENFP - The Inspirer

  • ENFJ - The Giver

  • ENTP - The Visionary

  • ENTJ - The Executive

Why Are These Important?

The Jung personality test is entertaining to take with your friends and family and carries real-world importance.

By carefully using these Jung personality tests, employers can select individuals who will fulfill their duties to their maximum potential. For example, if a managerial position needs to be filled, a recruiter may want to look for someone with an ENTJ personality type. According to the test, ENTJs have significant influence over others through superb organization and speaking skills and can make solid decisions. On the other hand, if a studio is looking for a new artist, they may want an ISFP or an ESFP personality type because of their creative minds.

Similarly, current employees and students can receive helpful counseling after being diagnosed with their Jung personality types. The career path they are pursuing or will be pursuing may not align with their internal interests, or they may unleash more potential they didn't know they had. Psychologists can assess individual strengths and weaknesses and help steer them to a happier, more successful path.

Assessing an individual's strengths and weaknesses has even more real-world applications. By conducting the Jung personality tests on children, we can find a more effective method of teaching and passing on information. Some students are visual learners, while others are auditory. Listening to a lecture may be helpful to one, but a hands-on experiment may help another student more. Such research can be fueled by assessing students' learning styles based on their Jung personality type.

You can also apply the Jung personality type on a more personal level. A couple in marriage counseling can get additional help by knowing more about themselves through their Jung personality type. Most of the time, friends and family are well acquainted with each other yet do not fully know what others are truly like, and most of the misunderstandings stem from there. By walking through each other's Jung personality type with a licensed psychologist, couples and families can open up more and attempt to understand where others are coming from.

Should You Take The Jung Personality Test?

If you have the time and money to devote to a single Jung personality test, it can be a useful inventory, regardless of where you are in life, how old you are, or your profession. Knowing more about yourself and others is crucial to forming better relationships and being happier and more successful, and the Jung personality test can help you find your way.

It is worth noting that you may not maintain one personality type throughout your life. That said, if you want to address certain weaknesses in your current personality, the Jung personality test can help you determine the best way to start making changes to your lifestyle.

Learn How Your Personality Affects You

Jung’s personality types and the subsequent Myers-Briggs personality types have real-world applications, and research shows the results may be clinically significant. For example, people with greater tendencies for introversion and perception may be more prone to depression and anxiety, which can help clinicians diagnose some disorders.

Knowing more about yourself can affect how you navigate life, and talking to a therapist can help you figure out more about who you are and how your Jung personality type can impact how you live your life. If you’re ready to get started, consider online therapy.

One of the primary benefits of online therapy is that you can talk to your therapist from the comfort of your home. You can message your therapist 24/7, and they will get back to you at their earliest convenience. 

Research shows that online therapy is effective, too. One review found that online treatment was effective at treating many disorders, including depression, generalized anxiety, panic disorders, and phobia.  So, whether you want to learn more about your personality type and how it informs your life or talk to someone about negative thoughts and feelings you’ve been having, contact a BetterHelp therapist to get started.

Takeaway

The Jung personality test is a great way to learn more about yourself and how you interact with the world. If you want to know more, online therapy can help.

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