There is a lot of criticism for Myers Briggs tests. They are based on Carl Jung’s theories, box individuals into personality stereotypes, and lack objectivity. I sometimes liken Myers Briggs types to horoscopes: they are vague in their descriptions so that you can see yourself in them, offer general advice for self progression, and build excitement by creating a sense of foresight or understanding.
Disclaimer: I like horoscopes and love personality tests. Perhaps that’s the Aquarius in me. 😉
Which is why I am a fan of 16Personalities, a free, Myers Briggs test. I like it for the graphics and substantial documentation on each personality type, and fill out the assessment approximately every six months or so.
I don’t believe any personality assessment to be definitive, but I do believe that how you perceive yourself, and what you decide to do with that information, matters. For me, I like translating “the being currently known as Angela” into a set of strengths, weaknesses, emotions, and desires. This process acts as an introspective litmus test for where I am in life and helps with goal setting (and oh boy do I love goal setting!).
Thus, I’m spending time on reflecting on why this change happened, and how I can channel my shift in perception of self into future endeavors.
Does anyone else enjoy this kind of self reflection? I’d love to hear about your experience.