MBTI Personality Type Theory

Advice If Your MBTI Results Vary

There’s a “knack” to how you take online MBTI-based personality tests.

Firstly, take time to identify how you’re actually COMFORTABLE behaving, rather than how specific circumstances or contexts dictate you must behave. There are frequently aspects in life that demand we use inferior (less natural) cognitive functions – in work, study or when we might have to meet social expectations. MBTI-type tests have to be answered based on how you’d prefer to behave, rather than how you might actually have to behave.

Secondly, be aware that we tend to deviate towards using inferior cognitive functions when stressed or emotionally unbalanced/unhealthy. If you’re recalling or considering your answers based on when you were in “a bad place” emotionally, it’ll lead to wildly inappropriate results. MBTI-type tests should be answered based on how you behave when you’re balanced, happy and healthy.

Thirdly, be mindful of answering tests based upon relative comparison with others. If you rely on comparative answers, your results can be skewed depending on biases in the demographic of your peers and people you most frequently interact with. You might consider yourself sporting and athletic compared to your circle of friends, but are any of them professional athletes? You may not consider yourself organized, neat, tidy and a detailed-planner; but your frame of reference could be a stereotype of a borderline OCD person.

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Fourthly, spend time thinking WHY you do certain things. At face-value, activities may indicate towards a type of personality. If answered simplistically, that can be a superficial and misleading result. Consider your deeper motivations that might explain why you engage in activities and behaviors. For instance, you might socialize frequently because of peer pressure, but your actual motivation is to please people. Or you might do things precisely because they challenge you; e.g. I hate heights, but I took a parachuting course for precisely that reason – to overcome a fear and exceed my comfort zone.

Lastly, you may try to behave in ways that promote a desired self-image or persona that you’re eager to create or display to others.

“Who I am” and “who I crave to be” are entirely different things.

Don’t approach MBTI based on seeking an affirmation or validation of who you wish to be, or how you wish to appear. Brutal self-truth is an absolute must, if you actually want honest, accurate (and beneficial) results.

Originally posted 2019-06-12 04:22:26.

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