Taken The Myers-Briggs Personality Test

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"The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases."
--Carl Jung

According to Carl Jung's typology, all people can be classified by three criteria:
- The source and direction of their energy expression: Extraversion or Introversion
- The method of information perception by the person: Sensing or INtuition
- How the person processes information: Thinking or Feeling

Isabel Briggs Myers added a fourth criteria:
- How the person implements the information he or she has processed: Judging or Perceiving

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator was designed by Myers and her mother Katherine Briggs during World War II to find the personality preferences of women who were entering the industrial workforce. CPP Inc., the publisher of the MBTI instrument, calls it "the world’s most widely used personality assessment". Two million are administered annually.

The test I took was a 72 yes/no questionnaire. There are no right or wrong answers. They are just preferences. It took me about twenty minutes or so to get through them all. Some of them I had to think about for a bit.

I came out to be an ISFP - Introverted Sensing Feeling Perceiving.
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Dr. David Keirsey calls this particular type of person a Composer:

"Composers are in tune with their senses, and so have a sure grasp of what belongs, and what doesn't belong, in all kinds of works of art..... Composers are seized by the act of artistic composition, as if caught up in a whirlwind. The act is their master, not the reverse. Composers paint or
sculpt, they dance or skate, they write melodies or make recipes-or whatever-simply because they must. They climb the mountain because it is there."

He also says this about the way Composers communicate, which I definitely related to:
"They are very difficult to observe and thus greatly misunderstood. Very likely the difficulty comes from their tendency not to express themselves verbally, but through their works of art. Composers are usually not interested in developing ability in public speaking, or even in the art of conversation; they prefer to feel the pulse of life by touch, in the muscles, in the eyes, in the ears, on the tongue. Make no mistake, Composers are just as interested as other types in sharing their view of the world, and if they find a medium of non-verbal communication-some art form-then they will express their character quite eloquently. If not, they simply remain unknown, their quietness leaving their character all but invisible."

Famous ISFPs:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Steven Spielberg
Jackie Onassis
Mel Brooks
Bob Dylan

Is it accurate? I can definitely relate to many aspects of my test results, and I think some of the things people say about ISFPs are very applicable to me. I kind of liked that. There wasn't anything that was truly out of left field. In the end, I think personality tests like this one are valuable if they help give you a better understanding of yourself, and I believe this did. I guess I should go and find out what medium of communication will best express me.

Related Items:
Jung (Myers-Briggs) Typology Test (if you take this, let me know what your type is in the comments)
Please Understand Me II by Dr. David Kiersey

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