Out of curiosity, what do you think about the Meyers-Briggs?
It’s kinda shit.
Some reasons of the many reasons why:
- It wasn’t developed by scientists, there was no experimental testing in its development, and it’s based on Jung’s (very outdated) theories.
- In real life, people exist on a spectrum; in the MBTI, you have to be 100% an extrovert or 100% an introvert, with nothing in between.
- There’s about a 50% chance that you’ll get put in a different personality category if you take the test after only a five week gap. If it were a good test, you’d be in the same category consistently.
- It ignores a lot of other key personality traits, for example, emotional stability vs reactivity (how calm you stay under pressure). It also doesn’t even completely measure the categories it’s supposed to.
So take it and wear the label if you want; humans actually often like putting ourselves in snappy-sounding categories - it’s validating and satisfying to know we belong to a group.
Just realize that it has about as much meaning as your astrological sign - you get what meaning out of it that you put into it.
(By the way, I’m either INFJ or INFP. It switches practically every time I’ve taken the MBTI over the years.)