I was reading multiple blogs today for some inspiration, and I came across this post about the Myers Briggs personality types from Fred Wilson, a venture capitalist who has been blogging every day since September 2003.
So I decided to take the test (it took less than 5 minutes), and I was identified as an INTJ (Introvert, Intuitive, Thinking, Judging) type.
I would certainly agree with the Introvert rating, and that has been consistent since i was a little kid.
I was somewhat surprised by the Intuitive rating since when I look at examples of Intuitive vs. Sensing, I don’t feel I have a strong preference for either type.
I’d agree with the Thinking over Feeling, and when I look at the description of the differences, I’m surprised it didn’t indicate an even stronger preference for Thinking than the results show.
The final one is no surprise, since the Judging type likes to plan, and that would certainly describe me.
Overall, an INTJ is labeled as a Scientist, which probably fits me better than most of the 16 personality types identified by Isabel Briggs Myers and her mother Katharine Cook Briggs, based on the earlier work of Carl Jung.
When I started looking at famous INTJs, I was excited to see people like Isaac Newton, Mark Zuckerberg, and Elon Musk. However, when I scrolled further down the page I also saw the Unabomber.
So while it is a fun and possibly insightful test, I think it’s important to realize that the test results don’t define who we are as a person.
Like most things in life, it’s what you do with what you are given that makes all the difference.
If you would like to take the test, here is the link.