Ancient History

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 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) |||||| 30%
Ti (Introverted Thinking) |||||||||| 35%
Ne (Extroverted Intuition) |||||||||||| 50%
Ni (Introverted Intuition) |||||||||||||||||||| 85%
Se (Extroverted Sensing) || 5%
Si (Introverted Sensing) |||||||||||| 50%
Fe (Extroverted Feeling) |||||||||||||| 55%
Fi (Introverted Feeling) |||||||||||||||||||| 85%

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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.

INFJ – “Author”. Strong drive and enjoyment to help others. Complex personality. 1.5% of total population.

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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.

Enneagram Test Results

Type 1 Orderliness |||||||||||||||||||| 86%
Type 2 Helpfulness |||||||||||||| 60%
Type 3 Image Focus |||||| 26%
Type 4 Individualism |||||||||||||||| 66%
Type 5 Intellectualism |||||| 23%
Type 6 Security Focus |||||| 26%
Type 7 Adventurousness |||||||||| 33%
Type 8 Aggressiveness |||||||||||||||||| 73%
Type 9 Calmness |||||| 26%

Your main type is 1
Your variant is social

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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.