This simplified version of the Myers-Briggs personality test can tell you a lot about yourself with just four easy questions…
The normal Myers-Briggs personality test can include up to 93 questions in order to find your personality type. This time consuming test can be incredibly helpful to people trying to learn more about their personality type. However, we’ve created a simpler form of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) which you can complete in just four questions.
Each question has a corresponding letter with which you’ll later use to identify your specific type of personality. After finishing all four questions you’ll have a set of four letters which will indicate your personality type from the sixteen possibilities below. The descriptions below come directly from The Myers & Briggs Foundation.
Question 1: After an extremely difficult and long week at work the weekend has finally arrived, how are you going to enjoy your weekend?
E (Extroversion): You decide you want to go out to the club, to a party, or anywhere else other people are. It could be to the cinemas or a night out on the town either way you’re going out.
I (Introversion): You take being a homebody to a whole new level. You probably hide out and binge-watch Netflix, read your favorite book or do whatever else helps you recuperate for next week in solitude.
Question 2: Which one of these two best describes you?
S (Sensing): Only things that are tangible matter. If you can’t pick it up and hold it then it isn’t worth much. You never make a decision without hard evidence.
N (Intuition): Tangible things are the least valuable to you. Your own intuition is more trustworthy than what your senses could ever tell you. You tend to go by your gut feelings.
Question 3: You get an offer for your dream job. The salary is much higher and the manager there makes you a lot of promises in regard to your upward mobility. However, your current job is a perfect fit and shares your ideals. There has also been hints at a future promotion. What do you do?
T (Thinking): There is always the chance that this is too good to be true. You take your time to carefully weigh your options, considering what might happen if the things promised to you weren’t true. You take as long to consider the option as humanly possible – considering all the potential outcomes.
F (Feeling): You took the job the minute it was offered to you. When an opportunity like this comes along you trust your gut and go for it.
Question 4: Your best friend is having a baby and you are throwing her a baby shower in one week. What kind of arrangements have you made?
J (Judgement): You have been planning this baby shower ever since you heard she was expecting. You’ve picked out the best gifts and you sent out invitations to all of her friends and even some of her coworkers. You are throwing a big party for your friend and you spent a lot of time preparing.
P (Perception): You know your friend doesn’t want anything too crazy. The best occasions are small with just a few close friends. You’re going to improvise pretty much everything and that normally works out pretty well for you. You’ll probably go out to buy her a gift the night before.
These are the descriptions of the 16 different personality types according to The Myers & Briggs Foundation:
Quiet, serious, earn success by thoroughness and dependability. Practical, matter-of-fact, realistic, and responsible. Decide logically what should be done and work toward it steadily, regardless of distractions. Take pleasure in making everything orderly and organized – their work, their home, their life. Value traditions and loyalty.
Quiet, friendly, responsible, and conscientious. Committed and steady in meeting their obligations. Thorough, painstaking, and accurate. Loyal, considerate, notice and remember specifics about people who are important to them, concerned with how others feel. Strive to create an orderly and harmonious environment at work and at home.
Seek meaning and connection in ideas, relationships, and material possessions. Want to understand what motivates people and are insightful about others. Conscientious and committed to their firm values. Develop a clear vision about how best to serve the common good. Organized and decisive in implementing their vision.
Have original minds and great drive for implementing their ideas and achieving their goals. Quickly see patterns in external events and develop long-range explanatory perspectives. When committed, organize a job and carry it through. Skeptical and independent, have high standards of competence and performance – for themselves and others.
Tolerant and flexible, quiet observers until a problem appears, then act quickly to find workable solutions. Analyze what makes things work and readily get through large amounts of data to isolate the core of practical problems. Interested in cause and effect, organize facts using logical principles, value efficiency.
Quiet, friendly, sensitive, and kind. Enjoy the present moment, what’s going on around them. Like to have their own space and to work within their own time frame. Loyal and committed to their values and to people who are important to them. Dislike disagreements and conflicts, do not force their opinions or values on others.
Idealistic, loyal to their values and to people who are important to them. Want an external life that is congruent with their values. Curious, quick to see possibilities, can be catalysts for implementing ideas. Seek to understand people and to help them fulfill their potential. Adaptable, flexible, and accepting unless a value is threatened.
Seek to develop logical explanations for everything that interests them. Theoretical and abstract, interested more in ideas than in social interaction. Quiet, contained, flexible, and adaptable. Have unusual ability to focus in depth to solve problems in their area of interest. Skeptical, sometimes critical, always analytical.
Flexible and tolerant, they take a pragmatic approach focused on immediate results. Theories and conceptual explanations bore them – they want to act energetically to solve the problem. Focus on the here-and-now, spontaneous, enjoy each moment that they can be active with others. Enjoy material comforts and style. Learn best through doing.
Outgoing, friendly, and accepting. Exuberant lovers of life, people, and material comforts. Enjoy working with others to make things happen. Bring common sense and a realistic approach to their work, and make work fun. Flexible and spontaneous, adapt readily to new people and environments. Learn best by trying a new skill with other people.
Warmly enthusiastic and imaginative. See life as full of possibilities. Make connections between events and information very quickly, and confidently proceed based on the patterns they see. Want a lot of affirmation from others, and readily give appreciation and support. Spontaneous and flexible, often rely on their ability to improvise and their verbal fluency.
Quick, ingenious, stimulating, alert, and outspoken. Resourceful in solving new and challenging problems. Adept at generating conceptual possibilities and then analyzing them strategically. Good at reading other people. Bored by routine, will seldom do the same thing the same way, apt to turn to one new interest after another.
Practical, realistic, matter-of-fact. Decisive, quickly move to implement decisions. Organize projects and people to get things done, focus on getting results in the most efficient way possible. Take care of routine details. Have a clear set of logical standards, systematically follow them and want others to also. Forceful in implementing their plans.
Warmhearted, conscientious, and cooperative. Want harmony in their environment, work with determination to establish it. Like to work with others to complete tasks accurately and on time. Loyal, follow through even in small matters. Notice what others need in their day-by-day lives and try to provide it. Want to be appreciated for who they are and for what they contribute.
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.
Frank, decisive, assume leadership readily. Quickly see illogical and inefficient procedures and policies, develop and implement comprehensive systems to solve organizational problems. Enjoy long-term planning and goal setting. Usually well informed, well read, enjoy expanding their knowledge and passing it on to others. Forceful in presenting their ideas.
Sources: The Myers & Briggs Foundation