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Myers Briggs Type Indicator: Am I really an ENTJ?

I was spring cleaning my bedroom over the weekend, when I stumbled upon a series of results from a Vocational Testing Program I had completed in Year 10. Curious as always, I filed through the subtests that assessed eight aptitudes: Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Ability, Abstract Reasoning, Perceptional Speed and Accuracy, Mechanical Reasoning, Space Relations, Spelling and Language Usage. As I looked over the results, I couldn’t help but giggle (then laugh and wonder) at how the skills I displayed at the time are still very much the strengths I have (and have continued to develop) today:

Perceptual Speed and Accuracy (97%)
Perceptional Speed and Accuracy measures how quickly and accurately you can compare and mark written lists of letters or numbers. This is the only one of the tests that demands fast work.
Space Relations (90%)
Space Relations measures how well you can deal with plans, drawings and shapes, and how well you can visualize or form pictures of solid objects from looking at flat paper plans.
Abstract Reasoning and Language Usage (both 85%)
Abstract Reasoning measures the ability to solve complex, often technical, problems that are not presented in words or numbers. It demonstrates capacity for flexible, versatile and creative thinking.
Language Usage measure knowledge of correct sentence structure, punctuation, and the basic forms of written communication. Well developed language skills are needed in most jobs requiring tertiary study.

More interestingly, when I found a detailed analysis of my Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment, it was then that I realised the similarities between the characteristics of my “reported” ENTJ type and the ‘Rachel’ at present.

The MBTI assessment is a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. These preferences were extrapolated from the typological theories proposed by Carl Gustav Jung and published in his 1921 book, Psychological Types.

The MBTI assessment was developed and published by Katherine Briggs and her daughter Isabel Myers as an application of Jung’s theories in 1962. The MBTI reports your preferences on four scales. Each scale represents two opposite preferences, much like handed-ness. A preference on one MBTI scale is independent of the preference on the other three scales. Therefore, the four scales yield sixteen possible combinations called ‘types’, and are denoted by four letters. The characteristics of each type flow from the dynamic interplay of these preferences.

The four scales or ‘dichotomies’ are:
Attitudes: Extraversion (E) – Introversion (I)
Functions: Sensing (S) – Intuition (N) and Thinking (T) – Feeling (F)
Lifestyle: Judgment (J) – Perception (P)
(For a more detailed summary, please visit this website)

According to Myers and Briggs, all individuals use all four cognitive and psychological dichotomies, however one preference is generally used in a more conscious and confident way. Therefore, one should not quickly dismiss or make assumptions based on their personal outcome after taking a MBTI assessment, but rather, should keep in mind the following:
– Type is dynamic, not static, and is developed over a life time;
– Everyone uses both sides of each scale to some extent;
– There are individual differences within each type;
– There are no good or bad types; all types contribute to the world; and
– Type can explain some human behaviors, but not all.

Am I really an ENTJ – The Commander/The Fieldmarshall?

Brief Personality Description:
Well-informed, logical and analytical; systematic at setting and reaching objectives; ability to see ahead and communicate their vision to others; interested in possibilities and long-range consequences of actions; can be ingenious; enjoy solving complex problems; honest and direct; hearty and frank; highly career motivated with social life often incidental; decisive; work hard to meet goals; live by set of rules and expects others to do so as well; value truth and are convinced by logical reasoning.

Interpersonal Style:
Good organizers of people with strong need to lead; look for and demand efficient and competent personnel; crisp disciplinarians – friendly but can be tough when called for; tend to push others as hard as themselves; naturally critical and can be insensitive to feelings of others.

Possible Weaknesses/Blind Spots:
May see others’ feelings as insufficient reasons for actions; may block out other areas of life for work; may not listen to another side of the issue; may overlook relevant facts and important details in haste to make a decision; may surround selves with similar types (especially Intuitives); may sound more confident than their experience warrants; need to ‘make it a rule’ to show appreciation to others when called for.

Approximately 5% of the population

… Well, maybe I am and maybe I’m not. I was (and still am intrigued) by these results.

The reason I want to share this here on our ArtsLab11 Blog is to reflect upon how I – as Rachel – am; the way I gain energy and live in the world, as well as my decision making processes. In being aware of my ENTJ characteristics, skills and qualities (as they continue to develop and grow) this will help in my in next creative stage: Learning to identify how I create and the different processes I currently have (and work on simultaneously).

One Response

  1. Truth Talker says:

    please do the morally right thing and spread the truth