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Myers-Briggs Personality Test

An essential test for self-awareness

Myers-Briggs Personality Test

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Personality Test is a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. First published in 1962, it was based on Carl Jung's theories of personality types and is perhaps the most widely used psychometric test. There have been subsequent refinements and developments by other psychologists, and it does have its critics. While it won't tell you 'everything about you,' I have certainly found that it's a good place for the beginner to start in their journey of self-awareness.

There are 48 simple questions about your feelings, values and behaviour, and each has 2 answers offered. Select the answer that most closely matches your truth - there are no right or wrong answers.

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Question 1: When you come to a new situation you usually

try it right away, and learn from doing
like to watch first and try it later

Question 2: Do you think people should be more

sensible and practical
imaginative and inspired

Question 3: When you are in an uncertain situation

you usually trust your feelings more
you usually trust your thinking more

Question 4: Would you say you are

a little more serious
a little more easy-going

Question 5: Do you spend most of your time

in bigger groups and seldom alone
in smaller groups or alone

Question 6: It is generally better to

be able to accept things
want to change things

Question 7: It is generally worse to

do unkind things
do unfair things

Question 8: Are your activities generally

planned and structured
spontaneous and unplanned

Question 9: After a day spent with a lot of people do you

feel energised and stimulated
feel drained and like being alone

Question 10: When you need to get something important done, you prefer to

do it the way that has worked before
try to think of a new way of doing it

Question 11: Which is a bigger compliment?

you are really nice
you are really clever

Question 12: When it comes to timekeeping, are you generally more likely

to be on time
to be pretty flexible

Question 13: When you are in a group do you usually

do a lot of the talking
mostly listen and talk a little

Question 14: Are you more interested in

what really is
what can be

Question 15: When you look at two things, you mostly notice

their similarities
their differences

Question 16: Do you tend to get along better with

people who are a lot like you
lots of different types of people

Question 17: Most people would see you as

an out-going person
a shy or reserved person

Question 18: When it comes to work that is very exact and detailed

it comes pretty easily to you
you tend to lose interest in it quickly

Question 19: When your friends disagree, it is more important to you

to help them come together
to help them find the right answer

Question 20: When you get up in the morning at the weekend

you know pretty much how your day will go
you don't know what the day will bring

Question 21: When it comes to using the phone

you use it a lot and make most of the calls
you use it most when others call you

Question 22: When you work on group projects, do you prefer

helping make sure the project gets done and works
helping come up with the ideas and plans

Question 23: Others often describe you as

a warm-hearted person
a cool-headed person

Question 24: Which is more your way

to "do the right thing"
to "just do it"

Question 25: When you talk to people you've just met you

talk pretty easily and at length
run out of things to say pretty quickly

Question 26: When it comes to work you

prefer steady effort and a regular routine
work in spurts, really "on" then really "off"

Question 27: It is worse to be

too critical or analytical
too emotional

Question 28: Would you rather have things

finished and decided
open to change

Question 29: When it comes to news in your workplace, you seem

to find it out quickly
to be one of the last to know

Question 30: Are you more likely to trust

your experience
your hunches

Question 31: You prefer managers who are more

caring and supportive
knowledgeable and expect a lot

Question 32: Is it more your way to

finish one project before you start a new one
have lots of projects on the go

Question 33: Do you often

act and talk without thinking much first
spend too much time thinking and not enough doing

Question 34: In games or sport it is best if everyone

strictly follows the rules
behaves with "good sportsmanship"

Question 35: Is it usually easier for you to tell

how someone else is feeling
what someone else is thinking

Question 36: Which is the more useful ability

to be able to organise and plan
to be able to adapt and make do

Question 37: At a party or gathering

you do more of the introducing of others
others introduce you more

Question 38: Do you think more about

what is going on right now
what will happen in the future

Question 39: It is more your way to

usually show what you are feeling
usually not show your feelings

Question 40: You are the kind of person who

needs to have things a certain way
does it any old way

Question 41: When you have finished a project

you feel like telling someone
you like to keep it to yourself

Question 42: Things would be better if people were

more realistic
more imaginative

Question 43: Would you say you are more concerned with

being appreciated by others
achieving something important

Question 44: It is better that people

know what they want
keep an open-mind

Question 45: On a Friday night after a long week you usually

feel like going to a party or going out
feel like relaxing at home

Question 46: When you do a job, it's usually your approach to

start from the beginning, and go step-by-step
start anywhere, and figure it out as you go

Question 47: When you tell a story, you mostly talk about

how the people involved were effected
what went on in general

Question 48: You feel most comfortable when things are more

planned and you know what to expect
unplanned and flexible