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Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and my results

Some of you may have heard of Myers-Briggs “test” in your career or from friends. I believe the first time I took the evaluation was probably in late 90s to early 2000. I’ve recently retook it and, here, will share some of my self-discoveries.

First, a very brief intro to MBTI:
MBTI provides information on the 16 types, the eight preferences and other tools for helping you with a basic understanding of personality types.
Its purpose is to implement C.G. Jung’s theories in psychology more real and applicable in the real-world. The bedrock of the theory is that individuals use their perception and judgment that affect their behaviors, which are not random and can be somewhat predicted once understood and categorized.

Isabel Briggs Myers, and her mother, Katharine Briggs together built on Jung’s theory to build MBTI. Description of all the 16 types is here.

You can explore further about Myers-Briggs and their methods on your own in the official site here. But without further adue, let’s get to my result. I got ENFJ, which is described as follows:

ENFJ

Warm, empathetic, responsive, and responsible. Highly attuned to the emotions, needs, and motivations of others. Find potential in everyone, want to help others fulfill their potential. May act as catalysts for individual and group growth. Loyal, responsive to praise and criticism. Sociable, facilitate others in a group, and provide inspiring leadership.

However, it also qualified it further by saying I am specifically ENFJ-AA for Assertive. So, my full type name is: Assertive Protagonist (ENFJ-A). The image below summarizes the key points and metrics:

ENFJ-A traits

Beyond the metrics, here are the Stregnths and Weakenesses of ENFJ:

STRENGTHS

  • Receptive – Protagonists have strong opinions, but they’re far from closed-minded.
  • Reliable – People with this personality type can be counted on to see their promises and responsibilities through.
  • Passionate – Protagonists are far from being boring do-gooders.
  • Altruistic – Known for harboring a deep desire to be a force for positive change, they genuinely want to do the world good.
  • Charismatic – Determined and inspiring; rarely lose sight of their main goal.

WEAKNESSES

  • Unrealistic – Many Protagonists put pressure on themselves to right every wrong that they encounter…it just isn’t realistic for them to solve all of the world’s problems.
  • Overly Idealistic – Protagonists tend to have clear ideas about what’s right and what’s wrong often thinking everyone shares these fundamental principles.
  • Condescending – People with this personality type enjoy teaching others…at times, their attempts to “enlighten” others may come across as patronizing.
  • Intense – When it comes to self-improvement, Protagonists are rarely short on energy or determination. Others who may not share this quality can be overwhelmed by this.
  • Overly Empathetic – Compassion is among their greatest strengths but taking on other people’s problems as their own can leave them exhausted.

A list of famous protagonists sharing ENFJ type can be found on this page.

There’s another type of Protagonist, which is ENFJ-T which is sufficiently different (T is for Turbulent). If you’re curious, you can learn about ENFJ-A vs ENFJ-T here.

I hope it was interesting information for you. Have fun with your type and enjoy! Remember, there’s no right or wrong answers in the “test”…only honest or dishonest answers at your own peril 😉

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