Myers-Briggs — Summary and Application

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  1. Why Myers-Briggs is so useful
  2. Personality Traits in Myers-Briggs
  3. The Four Myers-Briggs Roles
  4. The Four Myers-Briggs Strategies
  5. How I’ve used Myers-Briggs in my life
  6. Frequently Asked Questions

Part 1: Why Myers-Briggs is so Useful

Knowing your Myers-Briggs profile is extremely useful for three reasons:

  1. Self-Understanding: You can learn your objective strengths and weaknesses and those of others.
  2. Convenient: It’s a fast way to get a deep understanding of someone.
  3. Harmony: You can more easily embrace people’s differences rather than complain about them.

Part 2: Personality Traits in Myers-Briggs

The Myers-Briggs test is a comprehensive personality test that measures five personality traits:

  1. Introverted versus Extraverted
  2. Observant versus Intuitive (or in simple words, Practical versus Imaginative)
  3. Thinking versus Feeling (or in simple words, Logical versus Emotional)
  4. Judging versus Prospecting (or in simple words, Planning versus Spontaneous)
  5. Assertive versus Turbulent (or in simple words, Self-assured versus Self-conscious)
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Trait 1: Introverted versus Extraverted

This trait determines how the interact with our environment. Specifically, it determines what kind of environment energizes us and what kind of environment drains us.

Trait 2: Observant versus Intuitive

This trait determines how we process information. Out of the five traits in Myers-Briggs, this trait is probably the most difficult to understand.

Trait 3: Thinking versus Feeling

This trait determines how we make decisions and handle emotions.

Trait 4: Judging versus Prospecting

This trait determines how we like to work.

Trait 5: Assertive versus Turbulent

This trait shows how confident we are in our abilities and decisions. It is highly related to self-esteem (how we feel about ourselves).

Part 3: The Four Myers-Briggs Roles

Your Myers-Briggs Role tells you about your goals, interests, values, and preferred activities.

Myers-Briggs Roles

Analysts

Analysts have the intuitive and thinking traits. They value logic, curiosity, independence, and problem-solving. They focus on logic when making decisions. They have a strong drive to learn and improve on their flaws. They are very selective about their friends and would rather spend time alone than with someone who isn’t compatible with them. They like to solve problems and are very confident in their problem-solving abilities.

Diplomats

Diplomats have the intuitive and feeling traits. They value social connection, harmony, belonging, altruism (taking care of others and the world), justice, and purpose. They would rather cooperate than compete with others. They seek to make the world a better place. They can see beauty in life, and they get inspired by art, music, and theater. Diplomats need feelings of belonging and worry about being alone. They want to have a partner and a few good friends.

Sentinels

Sentinels have the observant and judging (planning) traits. They value cooperation, practicality, stability, wisdom, kindness, carefulness, and planning ahead. Sentinels work hard and get things done on time. They strive to never let others down, and they take pride in their character and competence. They are self-motivated and they hope to offer stability and wisdom to others.

Explorers

Explorers have the observant and prospecting (spontaneous) traits. They value self-reliance, adaptability, quick-thinking, novelty, and fun. Unlike the other types, Explorers love handling uncertain situations. They usually just want something to work rather than making it perfect, but if they get really interested in something, they can get extremely focused on the details. They enjoy learning about different tools and techniques, from instruments to emergency response techniques. They look for balance between work and leisure.

Part 4: The Four Myers-Briggs Strategies

Your Myers-Briggs strategy tells you how you prefer to do things and achieve goals. There are four strategies in Myers-Briggs:

Myers-Briggs Strategies

Confident Individualism

Confident Individualists have the introverted and assertive traits. They have trust in themselves and their abilities, and they don’t feel the need to show-off or prove themselves to other people. They value independence and prefer working alone rather than working in groups.

People Mastery

People Mastery types have the extraverted and assertive traits. They are energized by social interactions and challenging experiences. They enjoy traveling to see new things, people, and places. They see problems and opportunities and they like to team up with others to chase those opportunities. These people need to find a healthy balance between their ambition and seeking social connection. Although they don’t need people’s approval, they still do want it from close family and friends.

Constant Improvement

Constant Improvers have the introverted and turbulent traits. They are sensitive people who enjoy having their own space and freedom. They get stressed out when dealing with tense environments or new situations. They might feel that something is missing from their lives, even if their lives are fine in reality.

Social Engagement

Social Engagers have the extraverted and turbulent traits. They tend to act fast with their gut feeling and then think about it later. They enjoy social status and being the center of attention. They are energized by interacting with others and they love it when they help make other people’s day better.

Part 5: How I’ve Used Myers-Briggs in My Own Life

I’ve used Myers-Briggs to

  1. Better understand myself
  2. Improve harmony with others
  3. Quickly learn about new people I meet

Better understand myself

Before I took Myers-Briggs seriously, I wasn’t crystal clear on my strengths and weaknesses. I remember preparing for interviews, and one of the questions that I had to prepare an answer for was “Tell me about your strengths and weaknesses.

Increase Harmony with Others

It’s not easy to guess someone’s Myers-Briggs profile, so you’re better off just asking them to do the survey, which only takes 10–15 minutes anyway.

  • The Turbulent aspect makes him care a lot about what other people think
  • The Explorer aspect makes him seek fun and novelty
  • The Prospecting aspect makes him very spontaneous and unpredictable

Part 6: Frequently Asked Questions

Question 1: When I do the Myers-Briggs test multiple times, I get different results. Can I be fall into multiple profiles?

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