Which Of The Personality Types Am I?

Updated October 1, 2022by BetterHelp Editorial Team

Discover And Embrace Your Personality And Your Core Being

Your personality type gives you clues about who you are and how you interact in the world. Knowing about personality types can help you choose a job where you'll be successful. Also, the better you understand your personality and those of others, the easier and more reliably you can make relationship decisions. You may wonder, "What is my personality?" or how you can take a "Who am I?" quiz. The first step in finding out is to understand what personality types are, but you might also identify with certain groups or personality traits, such as dnd personality traits.

What Are Personality Types?

A personality type is a set of personality traits that occur together. Some traits are opposed to each other so that you have either one or the other. An example of this is introversion and extroversion. You may be introverted at times even if you're an extrovert, but you likely favor one over the other.

Myers-Briggs and Types Of Personalities

In the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a personality type test, four sets of opposite traits are evaluated and combined to identify which of 16 personality types you have. They are:

  • Thinking feeling
  • Sensing intuiting
  • Judging perceiving
  • Introversion extroversion

The 16 personality types referenced in the MBTI are labeled according to their combination of the eight basic traits above. Each personality type has different strengths and limitations. Knowing which type you can help you make some of the most important decisions of your life. The following are the 16 types of personality in the Myers-Briggs system.

ENTJ - Extroversion, Intuiting, Thinking, Judging

If you're an ENTJ, you're decisive and frank. You take on leadership roles easily. You root out inefficiencies and illogical thinking and replace them with problem-solving systems. You focus on long-range goals. You love ideas and enjoy learning and teaching others.

ENFJ - Extroversion, Intuiting, Feeling, Judging

An ENFJ is empathetic and warm. They care about the emotional needs of others. They're sociable and interested in helping people meet their highest potential. They respond to criticism and praise with appropriate actions. They are referred to as the protagonist personality type.

ESFJ - Extroversion, Sensing, Feeling, Judging

ESFJ's are also warm, but they're also very conscientious. They're accurate and prompt in their work. They're quick to notice others' needs and just as quick to provide them. They like working with others and prefer a harmonious environment.

ESTJ - Extroversion, Sensing, Thinking, Judging

If you have an ESTJ personality, you are realistic and practical. You're decisive, organized, efficient, and focused on results. Routine details are important to you, and you take care of them reliably. You're logical, using that logic in systematic ways to accomplish tasks.

ENTP - Extroversion, Intuiting, Thinking, Perceiving

As an ENTP, you're quick, alert, resourceful, and outspoken. You're good at solving tough challenges and dealing with concepts. You read people well. What you don't like is boring routine, so you look for new ways to do the things you have to repeat.

ENFP - Extroversion, Intuiting, Feeling, Perceiving

People who have ENFP personality type are warm and enthusiastic. If this is your personality type, you notice the patterns in events and act on them. You like others to recognize what you do, but you're also quick to notice the accomplishments of others. You're spontaneous and enjoy improvising.

ESFP - Extroversion, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving

With their outgoing and friendly manner, ESFP's love life, people, and comfort. They work with other people to create change. They're high in common sense and very realistic, yet they like to have fun at work. They're spontaneous and adaptable. They like to learn in group situations.

ESTP - Extroversion, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving

If you're an ESTP, you are very tolerant of others. You're flexible but pragmatic. You stay focused on short-term goals. You'd rather solve immediate problems than grapple with concepts and theories. You're spontaneous and focused on the here-and-now. You like to learn by doing.

INTP - Introversion, Intuiting, Thinking, Perceiving

You like to find logical explanations if you're an INTP. You like theories and concepts, and you prefer ideas to social situations. You're quiet but also flexible. You can maintain a deep focus. You may be skeptical or critical. Your thinking is generally analytical.

INFP - Introversion, Intuiting, Feeling, Perceiving

As an INFP, you have a high degree of idealism. Your values are important to you. You're a loyal friend. You're also curious and adept at turning ideas into action. You try to understand those around you and enjoy helping them reach their personal best. You're adaptable and flexible, except when it comes to your values.

ISFP - Introversion, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving

ISFP's are quiet and sensitive, yet they're also friendly. If your personality type is ISFP, you stay in tune with the here-and-now. You like to work alone and on your timetable. You're loyal and value-oriented. You dislike conflict and avoid pushing your views on others.

ISTP - Introversion, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving

If you're an ISTP, you're tolerant and flexible. You observe problems as they arise and act quickly to solve them. You're fascinated by cause-and-effect relationships. You're also well-organized, efficient, and logical.

INTJ - Introversion, Intuiting, Thinking, Judging

As an INTJ, you're an original. You enjoy putting your ideas into action and reaching your goals. You can see the long-range picture easily. When you decide to do something, you commit for the long-term, organizing the project and following it through to its conclusion. You're highly independent. You expect a lot from yourself and others regarding performance.

INFJ - Introversion, Intuiting, Feeling, Judging

Meaning is extremely important to you if you're an INFJ. You want to understand people's motivations. You're conscientious and committed to your values. You want to do what's best for everyone. You're organized and decisive.

ISFJ - Introversion, Sensing, Feeling, Judging

As an ISFJ, you're quiet, responsible, and conscientious. You honor your commitments. You're thorough and accurate in your work. In relationships, you're loyal and considerate. You truly care how others feel. It's important to you that your environment is peaceful and harmonious.

Discover And Embrace Your Personality And Your Core Being

ISTJ - Introversion, Sensing, Thinking, Judging

An ISTJ is quiet and serious. If you fit this personality type, you work hard to achieve success through dependability and responsibility. You're practical and realistic. You work steadily towards the logical solution you envision. You like things to be well-organized. You value tradition.

The Big Five Personality Factors

Many researchers studying personality types have agreed that there are five main categories of personality traits. These categories are extroversion, agreeableness, openness to experience, conscientiousness, and neuroticism. Each category is a spectrum on which you can fall in the high or low side.

The Big Five personality factors are sometimes used by managers making hiring decisions. People who are high in conscientiousness and agreeableness tend to do well in their careers, or at least they have a great capacity to do so. Extroversion is helpful in certain careers, and openness to experience is a good type of traits to have if you're in a creative career field. Recent research has shown that the MBTI may be somewhat flawed and that some of the personality types may be better understood regarding the Five-Factor model of personality.

What Is My Personality Type?

So, you may ask now, "What is my personality type?" The best way to discover your personality type is to take a test simply. You could take a quick and free online personality type quiz. However, in many cases, these tests are poorly designed and not proven accurate. If it's important to you to know precisely what your personality is like, you're probably better off to take a bona fide personality types test.

Personality Type Tests

You can arrange with a counselor to take a personality test and discuss the results. Two of the tests available are the MBTI, which is the Myers-Briggs assessment, and the NEO-PI, which measures the Big Five Factors of personality. They are both simple tests that only require you to choose what you prefer between the given possibilities. You can complete them in a short time and get the results soon afterward.

Understanding Test Results

It's important to talk about your personality test results with a counselor who can interpret them for you and help you understand how they apply to you and your situation. You can go on to discuss how your personality will play into your career choices. You can talk over relationship decisions and how they relate to personality type compatibility. You can also look for ways to improve the areas you're naturally weak in so that you can function better in situations that are uncomfortable for you.

If you're about to make a major life decision that relies on knowing your strengths and tendencies, you may benefit from taking one of the personality types tests and discussing it with a counselor. You can talk to a licensed counselor at BetterHelp.com for convenient online counseling at whatever time suits you best.

Your personality may seem like a mystery to you now, but once you can identify it, you can begin to understand what it is that makes you who you are. Once you know that, you can make decisions that bring the results that matter most to you.

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