Many years ago (in the early 1970s), one of my professors in the College of Education at Wayne State University introduced us to the Jungian model of perception-judgment styles and speculated on how each might respond to various teaching styles. I was so intrigued with the idea of matching teaching methods to students’ perception-judgment styles that I designed the experiment for my doctoral dissertation on this foundation. At that time, I took the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and learned that I was an ENFP.
I am not exactly sure what prompted the intense revival of my interest in Jung’s personality styles earlier this year. I began to search for online tests and found a number of websites which offered them. I was surprised to learn that nearly all of the ones I took typed me as an INFJ (although the preference strengths varied from test to test).
Seeking further information about myself, I also looked for online cognitive function tests on the web. One that I found was at SimilarMinds.com. The results of the test are presented below. Apparently they were so strange that my “type” could not be determined from them. I was not sure what to make of this!
Jungian Functions Test Results
|Te (Extroverted Thinking)
|Ti (Introverted Thinking)
|Ne (Extroverted Intuition)
|Ni (Introverted Intuition)
|Se (Extroverted Sensing)
|Si (Introverted Sensing)
|Fe (Extroverted Feeling)
|Fi (Introverted Feeling)
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Personality Tests by SimilarMinds.com
I found a number of other tests on the site. One was called a “Jung Word Test,” and its results were consistent with those I got on other sites.
Another test promised results for both my Jungian type and my Enneagram (previous results on that revealed 1w2). The results are shown below.
INFJ – “Author”. Strong drive and enjoyment to help others. Complex personality. 1.5% of total population.
I finally decided to invest in a retake of the (updated since the 70s) Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which indicated that I am an INFJ; and then the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Level II, which labeled me an “Emergent INFJ.” The Level II was interesting because it broke down the dichotomies into components, revealing both typical-of-type and atypical traits.
I began to find MBTI aficionados on Twitter and Facebook, and followed many of them. One of them even designed a 29-question personality test that I found interesting…and accurate. Take the quiz here.
My search for self-understanding continues.