Personality Types: Bogus?

16 Personalities vs. MBTI vs. Jung vs. Big Five

16 Personalities is based on the Big Five and MBTI type indicators. 16P has developed their own indicator called the NERIS Type Explorer. I’m just going to go right ahead and declare 16P my favorite type indicator. I find it simple and accurate (enough). Let me know in comments which is your favorite test.

Carl Jung was one of the OG’s. Carl Jung especially on focused on introversion and extroversion. Jung correlated introversion with the Greek god Apollo (God of music, poetry, arts, oracles, archery, herds and flocks, diseases, healing, light, sun, knowledge and protection of young). More or less furthering of knowledge, skill and insight by ones self. Jung correlated extroversion with the Greek god Dionysus (God of the vine, grape-harvest, wine-making, wine, fertility, ritual madness, religious ecstasy, theatre). This god was all about group activities.

Myer & Briggs say, referring to extroversion vs. introversion, “Do you prefer to focus on the outer world or on your own inner world?”

They also describe, introversion as: drawing your energy from being alone; versus, extroversion as: drawing your energy from spending time with others.

MBTI (Myer-Briggs Type Indicator) has truly made personality types what they are. Katherine and her daughter, Isabel, came up with the four letter types. If you’d like to learn more read Please Understand Me by David Keirsey and Marilyn Bates.

The Big Five project analyzed thousands of people of different races, cultures and backgrounds and found five traits that can be very present or not present in ones personality.

Big Five personality types

Are the Tests Bogus?

I don’t think so. You probably shouldn’t make life decisions based of test results, but I think it’s fun and you can learn to improve your personality and learn how to deal with other people.

Some classrooms have placed seating based on the type results. Probably doesn’t work to well in K-8, but for high school, I think it’s definitely worth a shot.

I recommend taking all the tests and just see what you get. Be honest, take the personality tests as you are, not what you wish you were. That’s the only way to improve your personality and properly learn to interact with other personality types.

Links to the personality type tests:

2 thoughts on “Personality Types: Bogus?

  1. Interesting article, I also like the 16 Personalities test. I think MBTI and personality typing in general receives a bad rap due to either misinformation or misleading explanations. One difficulty stems from confusion around the “real” MBTI being much different from newer personality tests that advertise as MBTI (Buzzfeed can guess my MBTI based on me picking some hats? I think not.) As useful as typing can be to evaluate how you interact with others (and how others interact with you), I do think misguided companies can get into trouble by taking it too seriously.


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