Have you ever taken a personality test? Whether you have or have not, I strongly urge you to take this one. I found it to be eerily accurate at measuring and describing my personality, what drives me, my strengths and weaknesses.
Personality testing has a long and checkered dating from the ancient greeks theory of the four temperaments (sanguine, choleric, melancholic and phlegmatic), to Carl Jung's theory of Cognitive Functions to Katherine Cook Briggs Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).
The MBTI format presents four possible pairs of personality traits described by four letter acronyms:
- Introversion (I) or Extraversion (E)
- Intuition (N) or Sensing (S)
- Thinking (T) or Feeling (F)
- Judging (J) or Perceiving (P)
16personalities theory is based on a modification of the Myers-Briggs theory: they use Myers-Briggs four letter acronyms format but have updated the Myers-Briggs and Jungian models to incorporate modern theories, particularly the Big Five Personality types:Mind, Energy, Nature, Tactics and Identity.
The 16 personality types identified at 16personalities.com are grouped into 4 roles: Analysts, Diplomats, Sentinels and Explorers.
But enough of theory: take the test right now. I would be interested to read your reactions.