Are You a Dragon, a Unicorn or a Mermaid, Based on Your Myers-Briggs Personality Type?

By: Emily Maggrett
Estimated Completion Time
8 min
Are You a Dragon, a Unicorn or a Mermaid, Based on Your Myers-Briggs Personality Type?
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About This Quiz

What's your Myers-Briggs type? Are you a bossy ESFJ, a sassy ESFP or a shy, calculating INTJ?

In case you're not familiar with it, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, or MBTI, is a personality-typing system based on Jung's theories. It divides people by the way they interact with the world. Each letter in your Myers-Briggs type stands for a different quality: Introverted or Extroverted, Sensing or Intuiting, Feeling or Thinking and Judging or Perceiving. 

Some people incorrectly think that you can calculate your score by deciding whether you are an introvert or extrovert, perceiver or judger, etc., but actually, the Myers-Briggs letters represent paired cognitive traits, which the MBTI defines as functions.

Ne, for instance, stands for Extroverted Intuition, while Fi stands for Introverted Feeling. When you plan an event, you use Ne to imagine how each step of the night might go. On the other hand, when you're working through an ethical dilemma, you're probably using Fi.

Everyone uses all of the functions in their everyday lives, but the functions you use the most form the core of your Myers-Briggs type. Interestingly enough, each Myers-Briggs type also corresponds to a mythological archetype. Jung loved discussing archetypes in his work, as he felt they represented eternal drives in human nature. 

If you'd like to find out which Myers-Briggs type you are AND which mythological animal symbolizes that type, we invite you to take this quiz!

Rich Do you like working with other people, or do you wish you were independently wealthy and never had to collaborate with anyone ever again?
It annoys me to work with others when I'm not the boss. If I were independently wealthy, I'd start my own company and fire anyone who didn't adhere to my preferred work culture.
I like collaborating with others, at work and socially!
I would love to be rich enough to never have to work again. I'd wrap myself in a cashmere blanket and pet a lot of cats.
Independence is important to me. If I were independently wealthy, I'd probably try to invent something amazing on my own and then sell it to the highest bidder.

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25 Secrets to Increasing Your Home's Value 2 If your best friend painted her living room a terrible color, what would you say?
I'd say, "This color isn't working. Can I help you repaint? Let's go to the store right now!"
I'd tell her it was "different, but really fun."
I wouldn't comment on the color unless directly asked, and then I'd say, "Well, it wouldn't be my first choice, but we each must find our own path."
I'd say, "Why did you paint your living room this color?"

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Handsome DJ You're at a wedding. The DJ never showed up but the sound system is all set up. What do you do?
I'd call the three or four talented DJs that I just happen to know and demand that they come to the wedding immediately.
I'd quickly put together a band and offer to perform all the bride's favorite songs. I'd be the lead singer, of course.
I'd quietly empathize with the bride and groom, but wouldn't try to solve the problem.
I'd deduce where the DJ was and blackmail him into showing up.

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Phone Your most dramatic friend calls you, begging that you meet up with him so he can tell you all about his latest relationship debacle. You're working on a project that could change the course of your career. What do you say?
"I told you that person would be trouble. Why don't you ever listen to me?"
"Where are you? We have to talk about this! I'm clearing my schedule!"
"I can meet you for an hour... Okay fine, two hours."
"No."

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Friends After the apocalypse hits, you join a small band of wanderers who are struggling to survive in a world without rules. What role do you play in the group?
I lead them. With my guidance, we'll build a real community, with clean water, fresh food and unbreakable laws.
I'm the class clown. When people's spirits get down, I lift them back up with jokes and impromptu celebrations.
I don't have much to offer the group, but I try to be a peacemaker. We have enough danger to contend with; we can't fight amongst ourselves.
I'd help with long-term planning, coming up with ideas about how to safeguard our settlement, improve our primitive technology and reach out to others in this barren, phone-less world.

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Football Are you good at sports?
Yes
I'm okay, I guess?
No
Hell no

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Practicing Proofreader You have to write an essay. What's your writing process?
I come up with an outline, then write a first draft. I edit that, write a second draft, and voila! It's done.
I chat with various people about it until I hit on an idea. I wait until the night before the essay's due and then I stay up until 4 a.m. writing it.
I write down various ideas and phrases on pieces on paper. Then I sit on the floor and rearrange them until I start to see what the shape of the essay will be.
I take a shower. I have an idea. I write an outline and try to flesh out the idea in it. It doesn't work. I go for a jog and then I write the essay in half an hour. I spend three days editing it to make sure it's actually good.

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Funeral Director Your mom asks you to go with her to the funeral of her friend Nancy. You never liked Nancy, and you're really busy at work. What do you say?
"I'll go to support you, but just so you know, I really didn't care for Nancy."
"I'd love to, but I can't."
"I'm so sorry, Mom. Of course I'll go. Anything else you need?"
"No."

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Democrat What is your political affiliation?
Conservative
Liberal
Socialist
Libertarian

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Sit by Ocean Are you good at delivering bad news?
I don't mind it.
No, and I avoid delivering bad news whenever possible.
I hate it! It tears me up inside to hurt someone else. But it's important to tell the truth.
What's the difference between "bad news" and "good news"? It's all just information.

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job Which of these jobs sounds like a dream career to you?
CEO of a revolutionary makeup company
Acclaimed Broadway actor
Children's book author
Cold case detective

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Super Hero If you could have any superpower you wanted, which one of these would you choose?
Hands that shoot lightning bolts
Flying
Invisibility
Telekinesis

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Wake up After you wake up, how do you plan your day?
I adhere to a schedule I designed many years ago.
Depends on what I feel like doing.
I meditate and then check my calendar.
I write down my top three priorities and proceed based on those.

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I don't even like folk music.
I've sung a folk cover or two.
... Yes
What's a folk singer?

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Army If I asked you to raise a small army to fight against a large force of ghouls, could you do it and would you lead it?
Yes and yes
Yes and no
Maybe and absolutely not
No and yes

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Theatre kid Have you ever been in a play?
I played the Sheriff of Nottingham in our elementary school production of "Robin Hood."
I'm in two plays right now!
No, but I've painted scenery.
No. Why would one "be in a play"?

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Assistant Do you know what operations management is, and do you like it?
Yes and yes
No and no
Yes and no
Yes and hell yes

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Writing Poetry Have you ever been to a poetry reading?
I hate poetry!
I'm performing at a poetry reading tomorrow.
Yes, but I prefer reading poetry.
Ugh, no. I would never go to one of those.

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NYC Which of these cities do you identify with the most?
New York City
Los Angeles
New Orleans
Oslo

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Woman talking to coworker Your work colleague pitches a new idea for solving a long-standing problem. You've never heard of any other company trying this solution. What do you say?
"Seems risky. Any other ideas?"
"Sure, go for it. Whatever."
"I'm interested. Can we do a cost-benefit analysis?"
"I love it. Let's put it into action."

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27 Living Room How clean is your house right now?
It's impeccable.
There are so many clothes on the floor, I've forgotten what color my rugs are.
It's a little messy, but I know where everything is.
I don't have much stuff, so it's easy to keep my place clean. I haven't dusted in three months, though.

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You're Beautiful! Do you consider yourself to be special or unique?
Well, I AM an inspired leader.
Well, I AM the voice of my generation.
No
I'm not special or unique, but I do feel that I'm different from other people.

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Road Trip When do you pack for a trip?
I always have a packed suitcase ready to go, so that I'm prepared if I need to travel for business.
I pack an hour before I'm due at the airport.
I pack the night before I have to leave.
I pack a week before my trip starts; it gives me time to change my mind.

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25Psalm52 How do you feel about other people's negative feelings?
They're inconvenient.
I fear them. I don't like hanging out with negative people; it makes me anxious.
They make me sad. I try to help people work through their negative feelings, if I can.
They annoy me. Either do something about how you feel or don't, but don't whine to me about it.

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Subway Your sister calls you. She's really upset because she accidentally left her laptop on the subway. What do you do?
I berate her and then call the transit authority. There must be surveillance video of what happened to the laptop; it's just a matter of tracking it down.
I tell her that stuff happens and ask if she wants to go shopping later.
I empathize with her and ask if there were any sensitive materials on the laptop.
I force her to immediately change all of her passwords.

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Dragon Rider Do you prefer sci-fi or fantasy?
I don't like either.
I like fantasy.
I like both!
I like sci-fi.

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australian shepherd Would you rather meet a new person or a new dog?
New person
New dog
New person with a dog
I want to meet a new cat!

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15 others think about you When you need to come up with an exciting new idea, what do you do?
I'm not really an idea person; I'm more into action.
I go to a party or event. Stimulating circumstances make me feel more creative.
I go on a long walk, preferably at the beach or in the woods.
I work on something else, maybe something boring; that always gets my creative juices flowing.

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Sit Couch On a scale of 1-10, how rigid are your personal boundaries?
8
1, maybe 2?
4
10

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Care of Magical Creatures Which of these movies about magical creatures is your favorite?
"The Lord of the Rings" series
The "Harry Potter" series
"The Secret of Roan Inish"
"Dune"

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