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F.A.Q. Personality Types
Q. What’s a personality type system?
Learn more on the Personality Type Systems page.
Q. What is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator?
Also referred to as “MBTI,” this personality type system organizes people into one of 16 different types based on how they process information. Are people introverted or extroverted? Are they practical or theoretical? Do they decide with their feelings or logic? Are they open-ended or structured? Based on these elements, each type is given a 4-letter code, in which each letter is shorthand for an aspect of their personality.
Q. What is the Enneagram?
The Enneagram categorizes people as one of 9 different types, which are designated with a number. The individual types are each driven to satisfy their own particular need. Depending on which one it is, there is the need to be perfect, the need to be needed, the need to be successful, the need to be different, the need to understand, the need to be secure, the need to experience, the need to be in control, and the need to be at peace. In the pursuit of this need, each type manifests different characteristics based on whether they are living in a healthy, average, or unhealthy state.
Q. What are those weird letter combinations that don’t sound like anything? Like MBTI, ENFP, ISTJ, etc?
MBTI stands for The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which is a kind of personality type system. The other four-letter words that you are code words that indicate a designated personality type. Each letter — and there are 8 — stands for a certain trait. To learn more about what those mean, read this post: MBTI, ENFP, ISTJ: What are these four-letter words that don’t make sense?
Q. I keep seeing things like Type 1, Type 2, etc. What does that mean?
The Enneagram categorizes people as one of 9 different types, which are designated with a number. Each number represents a certain set of personality traits. People of those individual types are each driven to satisfy their own particular need.
In the pursuit of this need, each type manifests different characteristics based on whether they are living in a healthy, average, or unhealthy state.
Q. I’ve heard that Myers-Briggs (and/or another personality system) is not really scientifically sound. What’s up with what?
Wow, this question is such a controversial one that there’s not a short answer. So, I’ve made a page dedicated to answering it for you. Come check it out!
F.A.Q. Help the Reader
Q. How do I tell my type?
You can figure out your Myers-Briggs Type by taking an assessment. You can also verify or try to figure out your type through determining your preferences. For Enneagram, there are assessments but it’s recommended that you read through descriptions to figure out which really sounds like you.
Q. Are you a psychologist?
I’m not a licensed psychologist, counselor, or doctor — just someone who loves learning more about this subject that fascinates me. Know that this site is not meant to provide information for diagnoses of personality disorders or mental illnesses (or any other health problems, either).
If you need more information about how this site is meant to be used, please see the disclaimer.
Q. Why did you start this blog?
This is borrowed from my about page, but personality type systems not only fascinate me, but they have changed my life and have been a big part of me growing into self-acceptance and greater happiness. I grew up being a big perfectionist and always feeling flawed and like things were wrong with me. I was sensitive and internalized a lot of other people’s reactions and words as blame and indications of my lack of worth. When I first encountered the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, all of that began to shift. I saw myself differently — and began to realize those things that I thought were flaws could be perceived as strengths.
Even after that, as I went through ups and downs (and continue to do so), I find that personality type systems can help be very grounding tools in the storms of life. Not only to help us deal with our own issues, but they can help to provide order to a world that seems chaotic (and I speak of both external and internal ones). They also can give comfort and a reminder that who we are is who we are meant to be — and that’s a message we don’t hear enough in the world. So, after years of using these tools and realizing that my peers weren’t ever talking about it or using them, I realized I wanted to help more people to know about them and actually use them.
Q. What’s your favorite system?
I have two, which are the ones I discuss the most on this site. I love Myers-Briggs because it’s what exposed me to personality type systems and it’s easy to digest and understand. It’s practical and thoughtful and it’s also just fun.
But for deeper stuff — and I love that deep introspective soul stuff — I really prefer the Enneagram. It is extremely complex and goes to the deepest nature of our humanity. It still perplexes and challenges me after years and I enjoy how the lessons from it unfold slowly but powerfully.
To be honest, though, I think both systems complement each other very well and I get different things from them but a bigger picture of the patterns of life.