What The Four-Letter Personality Test Says About You

Updated January 11, 2023by BetterHelp Editorial Team

Could Only Four Letters Sum Up Who You Are As A Person?

Have you ever been interested in learning more about your specific personality type and what makes you tick? Have you experienced difficulties in certain areas of your life – work, romantic relationships, family issues – and want a little insight into how you can make improvements? Are you considering starting therapy and want to find a therapist who can relate to and understand you the best?

The Four-Letter Personality Test, also known as the Myers-Briggs Personality Test, can do all of that and more. The best part is that the test requires very little time, energy, or financial commitment.

Read on to learn more!

What Is The Four-Letter Personality Test, And How Did It Originate?

Essentially, the Four-Letter Personality Test is a survey style test based on a series of questions. Those questions help evaluate how you either respond to or relate to a variety of situations. A computer program considers your answers to calculate your specific personality type.

The test was designed by Katherine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers (Katherine's daughter) in the 1940s. Much of the test is based on Carl Jung's psychological research from the 1920s. One of the main reasons that Briggs and Myers created the test was to help women during World War II find industrial jobs that would be the best fit for them. The test grew in popularity after the war was over, as women sought to find additional jobs outside of the home.

Why Is This Test Useful?

The Four-Letter Personality Test helps you better understand how you relate to the world. It can also help you determine what career paths you are best suited for, what type of romantic partners you fit best with, and what your optimal paths for personal growth may be. Many people also find the result will help them better understand whether they have any mental health disorders.

How Does A Four Letter Personality Test Work?

The test relies on your ability to accurately understand and be able to judge how you may feel in certain situations. The full version of the test includes 88 questions, although you can skip any that may make you feel uncomfortable. Often these questions repeat themselves (although phrased differently) to make sure answers are consistent. The test categorizes the results of those questions into four "dichotomies” (known technically as subjective, objective, deductive, and inductive) and offers labels to provide a clearer description that we will discuss below.

Extraversion Versus Introversion (Objective/Deductive)

The first set of dichotomies in each Four-Letter Personality Test result will be either an "E" or an "I."

If you have an "E" at the beginning of your personality type, you have been classified as an extrovert. Extroverts tend to get energy from social interactions, are comfortable speaking their minds, and enjoy social situations like parties. "E"s are also generally popular and well-liked individuals. The downside of being an extrovert is that the lack of social interaction tends to drain you, making you feel the need to be around other people far more often than introverts.

On the flip side, if you have an "I" at the start of your personality result, you have been classified as an introvert. Often quiet and reserved, introverts like you feel much more comfortable being on their own and even actively avoid social situations. You may find that you seek stimulation and entertainment internally instead of from other people. After too much socializing, you may feel tired and drained and often need time alone to recharge your emotional batteries.

Sensing Versus Intuition (Subjective/Deductive)

The second set of dichotomies in every Four-Letter Personality Test result is either an "S" or an "N."

Could Only Four Letters Sum Up Who You Are As A Person?

If you scored an "S" for your second letter, you have landed in the sensing category. Sensing people such as yourself tend to place the most importance on things that they can physically measure with their senses (especially touch and sight). Generally speaking, sensing people prioritize facts and are very practical (sometimes to a fault). You probably stay away from theoretical and tend not to be very introspective.

On the other hand, if you scored an "N" in the second category, you are considered Intuitive (the I was changed to an N to be less confusing). Intuits emphasize ideas and imagination instead of things that can be physically proven. You are very inwardly focused, and you may have even been accused of living in an imaginary world instead of the real world. You also tend to analyze things much more than Sensors, relying on how something "feels" instead of the facts.

Thinking Versus Feeling (Subjective/Inductive)

The third letter in a Four-Letter Personality Test result will be either a “T” or a “F.”

If you have scored a "T," you fall into the Thinking category. Thinkers are logical, rational, and objective people who make decisions with their brains instead of their hearts. While you are just as emotional as Feelers, you may tend to hide or not prioritize your feelings, which can lead to people falsely accusing you of being cold. Much like Sensors, Thinkers regard facts as much more important than feelings.

The other potential third letter is "F," for Feeling. This category of people tends to value feelings over hard facts. Although unconcerned with following the logical or rational, don't confuse Feelers for being irrational. "F" personalities happen to be more comfortable with expressing emotions, and you are often more sensitive, empathetic, and open-minded than those labeled with an "S.”

Judging Versus Perceiving (Objective/Inductive)

The final category in the Four-Letter Personality Test result dichotomy is either a "J" or a "P."

The "J" stands for Judging, but don't let the name of the category fool you. Instead of being judgmental, Judges are known for thinking, planning, and strategizing before they act. People who fall into the Judging group need a plan first and place a lot of importance on the organization, reliability, and work ethic. "J"s are generally very prepared and may create checklists and even contingency plans. The downside of falling into this group is a tendency to forget to live in the moment.

If your last letter is a "P," that means you have fallen into the Perceiving group. Perceivers are good at improvising and tend to handle life as it gets thrown at them, instead of creating plan after plan before acting. "P"s are also good at being able to spot new and exciting opportunities and hate having to stick to a schedule.

How Many Possible Choices Are There For The Result Of A Four-Letter Personality Test?

There are potentially 16 different combinations of results for the Myers Briggs Four-Letter Personality Test. The results are made by combining each category result in order, so someone who scores highest in Extraversion, Intuition, Thinking, and Perceiving would get the result of ENTP. The opposite of that would be someone who scores highest in Introversion, Sensing, Feeling, and Judging, who would end up with the result of ISFJ.

What Are The Real-life Applications Of A Four-Letter Personality Test?

You may use your results of the Four-Letter Personality Test in a wide variety of real-world applications. One of the most common ways to use the results to your advantage is in your career. Certain personality types are best suited for specific job categories and knowing your type can help you to succeed at work. It can also help you better interact with your coworkers and your boss, leading to higher job satisfaction. A good example is INFPs, who excel in jobs that allow them to be innovative and use their creativity (like composers) or be compassionate (like nurses and veterinary technicians).

Other uses for Four-Letter Personality Test results are to help determine compatibility between romantic partners and to build better friendships and relationships with family (parents, children, siblings, etc.).

Could Only Four Letters Sum Up Who You Are As A Person?

However, many people say that the biggest impact their results have on their lives is just helping them to understand their personality better. This self-understanding helps in daily interactions of all kinds, especially in how you relate to yourself. It can help you develop better self-esteem, increase happiness, and reduce stress in all facets of life.

How Can I Take A Four-Letter Personality Test?

Many websites offer Four-Letter Personality Tests. Some will even take the results and allow you to use them to help connect with resources like therapy. It takes about half an hour of free time, a computer with internet, and a space with little to no distractions to complete the test.

When you're ready to start your own Four-Letter Personality Test, click here.

And when you’re ready to reach out to a counselor, consider connecting online. Online therapy is growing in popularity, and research indicates it is as effective as face-to-face counseling. This study from the Berkeley Well-Being Institute found that digital therapy reduced depression symptoms in 70% of participants, and 94% of participants preferred BetterHelp to traditional in-person counseling.

Online therapy through BetterHelp is incredibly convenient. You can contact a therapist at times when most therapy offices would be closed, meaning you won’t have to take off work to make an appointment. This flexibility extends into the structure of your therapy session. From video conferencing to phone calls to written communications, you can choose how you’d like to connect with your online therapists

The Four-Letter Personality Test may be a great way to learn more about yourself and how you navigate the world. And if you need some help sorting through the results, consider talking to a therapist to help you better understand and use this information to improve your day-to-day life.

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