Myers-Briggs – What am I?

I should be writing a My Sunday Best post, filled with all those annoying daily selfies that I force myself to take. I wore skirts every day this week, and wore make-up too, and took pictures for a post.

But I can’t write that post right now because today I fell down a research hole, trying to decide if I’m really INTJ or actually ISTJ.  I took the test awhile ago – maybe a couple of years ago? – and discovered that I was INTJ. Recently I heard that someone I seem to have a lot in common with is an ISTJ, so I did some research and re-took the test, and the results were ISTJ.  So now I’m baffled and obsessed with solving the puzzle of Who I Am. 

Why do I need to figure it out, you ask? Oh, no reason. I just want to know, and seem unable to move on with my life until I decide.  Is that a point for one or the other?

Ways I am INTJ:

  • Love to read all the books, learn all the things.  Being called a bookworm is a compliment.
  • Don’t like to be touched. I mean, I can hug you if I know you, but really. We can each stay in our own space, that’ll be fine.
  • Have no tolerance for stupidity, messiness, or inefficiency.
  • Hate small talk. This really cannot be overemphasized. It made last week’s conference difficult for me.
  • High standards, perfectionism.
  • Can’t stop thinking. Oh, the things that I can’t stop thinking about in the middle of the night.
  • Can be a leader if the situation calls for one, but otherwise content to follow a leader I trust.

BUT, all the descriptions say INTJs are super confident and I am not. I’m also a big fan of rules and tradition, which INTJs are supposed to spurn.  And I’m not much of a debater. The description of INTJs under stress – turning to mindless repetition and sensate activities – doesn’t seem to fit.

Ways I am ISTJ:

  • Dependable, reliable, dutiful.
  • Value security and peaceful living.
  • Always have a detailed plan.
  • Enjoy rules and structure.
  • Under stress: go to catastrophic mode and imagine the worst of everything. Do I ever!

So what do you think? Should I continue to think of myself as INTJ, even though some aspects don’t fit, and I do have quite a few strong ISTJ tendencies? Please, someone, figure me out so I can do something else. 😉

(If you’re not familiar with the types, here’s a helpful link.)

About waymel

Navy wife. Homeschooling mom. Adoptive parent. Pianist. Introvert. One who loves quiet and beauty.
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17 Responses to Myers-Briggs – What am I?

  1. April says:

    I could pass this by Matt. He is Meyers Briggs certified. We do type talk all the time. 🙂

  2. jenhamrick says:

    I think you’re more architect.
    I took the test as a freshman in college and I am an INFP. 😀

  3. Robyn says:

    Ha ha I totally understand having to know. Now I want to take the test. If it isn’t too long I’ll report back. Curious because I hate small talk, have a low tolerance for stupidity, but handle stress pretty calmly and have no trouble sleeping during the night. Or day. Or noon.

  4. Robyn says:

    I’m the defender. I am naturally social but still an introvert. I take responsibility seriously and can be a perfectionist. And my sensitivity helps me give good gifts.

  5. jenhamrick says:

    Ok, I just took the test and it says INTJ. I call shenanigans.

  6. shirley wilmoth says:

    Finally took the test just now. ESFJ-T pretty accurate -at least I think so. To those of you who know me, I apologize if you don’t agree…..I hate conflict and wouldn’t want to make anyone feel like I didn’t agree with them. (: I must go organize my notes now…they are written sloppily and I wouldn’t want anyone to find them in that state. I hope this has helped someone along their way.

  7. Rebecca says:

    See, that’s one reason I feel like these tests are difficult. I think people are too complicated and too many pieces of too many things to be categorized. So. . . you are parts of both?

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