What Personality Type Are You?

LIFESTYLE

By: Elisabeth Henderson

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

People process the world in strikingly different ways. Some of us draw energy from an internal source, perceive the environment around us through intuition and make choices based on how we feel. Others find their energy and motivation from the external world, understand the surrounding environment through the senses and make decisions based on rational judgment. Failing to recognize these drastic poles of personality can lead us to misunderstand each other and even misunderstand ourselves.

Carl Jung created a theory about what causes the wide range of personalities among people. He hypothesized that people experience the world through the lens of being introverted or extroverted, intuitive or sensing and feeling or thinking. Later, Isabel Briggs Myers added a fourth dimension — judging vs. perceiving — to describe the sources people use to make choices. Her formulation of Jung’s work has been shaped into the Myers-Briggs personality theory.

We’ve drawn from Jung and Myers-Briggs’ way of thinking about how people experience the world differently to help you understand what distinguishes your own way of interacting with the world. Have you ever reacted extremely strongly to a situation and not understood what was at the root of your response? Have you ever had an intense disagreement with a friend or a partner and not been able to find out what caused it in the first place? Understanding your own personality type is the first step to better understanding yourself and others. You can take that step by answering these simple questions!

What type of gathering do you prefer for a celebration?

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On your day off, how do you prefer to spend free time?

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What do you feel like you need to get done before you can go play?

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How do you feel when you’re on stage in front of a crowd of people?

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When someone opens up to you about their relationship with their father, what goes through your mind?

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How do see your role in your friend group?

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What do you value most in a friend?

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What is your ideal working environment, in terms of productivity?

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If you have a deep disagreement with a good friend, how do you handle it?

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How do you recharge when you feel all dried up inside?

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How do you when know you’re in love?

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How do you prefer to feel when you come to the end of a book?

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How do you replenish your creative spirit?

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What would you rather do on a Saturday night?

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How do you prefer to interact with dogs?

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How do you find that you learn best in a school environment?

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When you are reading a book, what do you do mentally?

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How would people in your workplace describe you?

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What type of presentation would you have chosen in middle school?

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If you are watching a movie you really like with a friend, what are thinking about?

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If you disagree with the way a friend is cooking something, what would you do?

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If you are out for an evening walk in the park, what occupies your mind?

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How do you decide what to watch on TV with your partner?

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If you meet a new person at a party, what are you likely to forget about them?

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When you are thinking about the future, what aspects do you focus on?

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When you are in a meeting, what role do you assume?

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If you have a difficult decision to make, how do you figure out what to do?

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When you encounter a big question in life, what kind of answer do you hope to find?

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If you thought that you had an original idea and then found out that someone else had already thought of it, how would you feel?

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What gives you the most energy when you are exercising?

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