22 votes

Myers-Briggs Test: What type of personality are you?

In my opinion, it is important for a person's long-term happiness to know themselves - as much as possible. Being aware of what type of personality you have is a valuable asset in that endeavor.

In another post, user matt_ wrote a comment that mentioned the Myers-Briggs Test. After StartPaging the test, I found a simple one that only consists of four questions. I was amazed once I read about the results I obtained.

According to the test, I am of the type ISTP. From Wikipedia:

According to Myers-Briggs, ISTPs excel at analyzing situations to reach the heart of a problem so that they can swiftly implement a functional repair, making them ideally suited to the field of engineering. Naturally quiet people, they are interested in understanding how systems operate, focusing on efficient operation and structure. But contrary to their seemingly detached nature, ISTPs are often capable of humorously insightful observations about the world around them. ISTPs abhor waste (be it in time, effort, or resources) but are highly adaptable, making them open to new information and approaches. They enjoy exploring new things, and can become bored with repetitiveness and routine. They can also be closet daredevils who gravitate toward fast-moving or risky hobbies (such as bungee jumping, hang gliding, racing, motorcycling, and skydiving), recreational sports (such as downhill skiing, paintball, ice hockey, and scuba diving), and careers (such as aviation and firefighting).

ISTPs may sometimes seem to act without regard for procedures, directions, protocol, or even their own safety. But while their approach may seem haphazard, it is in fact based on a broad store of knowledge developed over time through action and keen observation. ISTPs enjoy self-sufficiency and take pride in developing their own solutions to problems.

ISTPs can often be a frustration to their friends or partners due to a propensity to ignore everyone while deeply absorbed in a task. The ISTP should be careful that they do not cause offence by this seeming aloofness, as it could have a negative impact on otherwise great relationships.

ISTPs are content to let others live according to their own rules and preferences, as long as the favor is reciprocated. ISTPs endure reasonable impositions without complaint — but if their "territory" is encroached upon, eroded, or violated, their quiet, easy-going nature is quickly abandoned in favor of stubborn and staunch defense of what they view as rightfully theirs. It has been observed that a slogan that best describes this ISTP attitude is "Don't Tread On Me."

The description pretty much hits the nail on the head. I'm happy to be in good company:

What type of personality do you have?

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

I took that when I first went to college

I don't remember the initials, but the only thing I was suitable for was being a Field Marshall.

So I couldn't find any Field Marshall courses. So now I'm just a lowly med tech.



Took this test several years ago...

I'm an INTJ - found in appx 2% of the population. If I remember correctly, there was a similar thread about the Myers-Briggs test on the DP several years ago...
But would be interesting to see any new ones...
Some notable INTJ's are Thomas Jefferson, Ayn Rand, Nikola Tessla, and CS Lewis....but then so is Katie Couric and Donald Rumsfeld (oh, well, can't win them all LOL)

jrd3820's picture

ISFP Just like Bob Dylan

And David Bowie and Dorris Day and Paul Mcartney, Marilyn Monroe, Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn.

Most of it sounds about right.

The ISFP personality type is also referred to as an Artisan. These specific types are unique in their ability to possess quiet and kind traits but maintain a bold and adventurous style. Emotional stress and exhaustion combined with a lack of personalization can send ISFP’s to the burnout table.

As an ISFP, your primary mode of living is focused internally, where you deal with things according to how you feel about them, or how they fit into your value system. Your secondary mode is external, where you take things in via your five sense in a literal, concrete fashion.

ISFPs live in the world of sensation possibilities. They are keenly in tune with the way things look, taste, sound, feel and smell. They have a strong aesthetic appreciation for art, and are likely to be artists in some form, because they are unusually gifted at creating and composing things which will strongly affect the senses. They have a strong set of values, which they strive to consistently meet in their lives. They need to feel as if they're living their lives in accordance with what they feel is right, and will rebel against anything which conflicts with that goal. They're likely to choose jobs and careers which allow them the freedom of working towards the realization of their value-oriented personal goals.

ISFPs tend to be quiet and reserved, and difficult to get to know well. They hold back their ideas and opinions except from those who they are closest to. They are likely to be kind, gentle and sensitive in their dealings with others. They are interested in contributing to people's sense of well-being and happiness, and will put a great deal of effort and energy into tasks which they believe in.

ISFPs have a strong affinity for aesthetics and beauty. They're likely to be animal lovers, and to have a true appreciation for the beauties of nature. They're original and independent, and need to have personal space. They value people who take the time to understand the ISFP, and who support the ISFP in pursuing their goals in their own, unique way. People who don't know them well may see their unique way of life as a sign of carefree light-heartedness, but the ISFP actually takes life very seriously, constantly gathering specific information and shifting it through their value systems, in search for clarification and underlying meaning.

ISFPs are action-oriented individuals. They are "doers", and are usually uncomfortable with theorizing concepts and ideas, unless they see a practical application. They learn best in a "hands-on" environment, and consequently may become easily bored with the traditional teaching methods, which emphasize abstract thinking. They do not like impersonal analysis, and are uncomfortable with the idea of making decisions based strictly on logic. Their strong value systems demand that decisions are evaluated against their subjective beliefs, rather than against some objective rules or laws.

ISFPs are extremely perceptive and aware of others. They constantly gather specific information about people, and seek to discover what it means. They are usually penetratingly accurate in their perceptions of others.

ISFPs are warm and sympathetic. They genuinely care about people, and are strongly service-oriented in their desire to please. They have an unusually deep well of caring for those who are close to them, and are likely to show their love through actions, rather than words.

ISFPs have no desire to lead or control others, just as they have no desire to be led or controlled by others. They need space and time alone to evaluate the circumstances of their life against their value system, and are likely to respect other people's needs for the same.

The ISFP is likely to not give themself enough credit for the things which they do extremely well. Their strong value systems can lead them to be intensely perfectionist, and cause them to judge themselves with unneccesary harshness.

The ISFP has many special gifts for the world, especially in the areas of creating artistic sensation, and selflessly serving others. Life is not likely to be extremely easy for the ISFP, because they take life so seriously, but they have the tools to make their lives and the lives of those close to them richly rewarding experiences.

Michael Nystrom's picture


I just took the test. I was mistaken below (relying on my intuition!), but I'm one letter off from you.

Here's a little blurb on "me" from Wikipedia.

INFPs focus much of their energy on an inner world dominated by intense feeling and deeply held ethics. They seek an external life that is in keeping with these values. Loyal to the people and causes important to them, INFPs can quickly spot opportunities to implement their ideals. They are curious to understand those around them, and so are accepting and flexible unless their values are threatened.

Here is a longer one, from the test site that Derrel linked to. Both of them seem about right.

Introverted Feeling personality types are usually gentle and kind, they are intense and passionate about their values and deeply held beliefs, which they share with trusted friends. Because of their discreet manner, their enthusiasm may not be apparent. They are sensitive to others' pain, restlessness or general discomfort and strive to find happiness, balance and wholeness for themselves in order to help others find joy, satisfaction and plenitude. They are deeply empathetic.

They live life in an intently personal fashion, acting on the belief that each person is unique and that social norms are to be respected only if they do not hinder personal development or expression. They strive to adhere to their own high personal moral standards and are particularly sensitive to inconsistencies in their environment between what is being said and what is being done. Empty promises of adhering to something they value – such as environmental causes or human rights - set off an inner alarm and they may transform themselves into modern day Joan of Arcs.

They are quietly persistent in raising awareness of cherished causes and often fight for the underdog in quiet or not-so-quiet ways. In a team, they will raise issues of integrity, authenticity, and good or bad, and may to opt out if the team refuses to address the questions raised.

They are usually tolerant and open-minded, insightful, flexible and understanding. They live for the understanding of others and feel deeply grateful when someone takes the time to get to know them personally. They have good listening skills, are genuinely concerned, insightful, and usually avid readers. At their best, they inspire others to be themselves.

This is quite a list of INFP's:

  • Albert Camus
  • Frank Lloyd Wright
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • William Blake
  • John Lennon
  • Jim Morrison
  • Kurt Cobain
  • Ian Curtis
  • Tim Burton
  • Johnny Depp
  • Björk
  • David Lynch
All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.
jrd3820's picture

I was wondering if you were going to take it.

I was interested in your results.

"They are quietly persistent in raising awareness of cherished causes and often fight for the underdog in quiet or not-so-quiet ways."

That was interesting. You were here fighting for Ron Paul (the underdog) in what you might have thought was a quiet way, but it wasn't quiet at all.

"They inspire others to be themselves"

You do that with the originals all the time. You make your own originals which inspires others to write bits of their stories and then you promote them and highlight all the other originals.

That is also a great list of company you have there. Jim Morrison and I share a darkside personality.

Michael Nystrom's picture

You are the best!

Has anyone told you that today?

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

yeah that's me. I don't understand controlfreakism at all.

scratch that I'm a total control freak.

I saw the best minds of my generation, destroyed by pandas starving hysterical naked

-Allen Ginsberg

Michael Nystrom's picture

Yeah, that's me too

I wouldn't even be here if I didn't own the place.

That's how much of a control freak I am.

Easy going my ass.

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.
jrd3820's picture

Your need to control shines when you are yelling

at everyone about Pandas all the time or running around telling everyone they should punch Jesse Ventura and then write about it.

I always pegged you for a control freak.

Okay I clicked the link and took the test.

I would like to change my f to a t or maybe not...

I saw the best minds of my generation, destroyed by pandas starving hysterical naked

-Allen Ginsberg

jrd3820's picture

Results don't lie Christopher Cudnoski

You can't just change the letters all willy nilly like.

Ok, but what were your results?

p.s. I love it when you say my name. could you use all caps next


I saw the best minds of my generation, destroyed by pandas starving hysterical naked

-Allen Ginsberg

I'm an I S T/F P.

I am completely down the middle on that one. Maybe that's my problem.

I saw the best minds of my generation, destroyed by pandas starving hysterical naked

-Allen Ginsberg

jrd3820's picture

ChRiStOpHeR cUdNoSkI (Half Caps)

I'm kinda down the middle on the I/E. It really depends on the day and my mood.

Well, it doesn't surprise me that we have similar results. Puppets of a similar sock I suppose.

You're like the class clown that I can't help but want to hang out with but usually gets me in trouble. I'm sitting here in class, trying to take notes and do my homework and listen to the teacher and you are passing me notes and all....'psssttt hey, I have a funny thread over here....' and I can't help but wander on over...

If we ever get thrown off this ark, I have a feeling it will be at the same time like a double 'man overboard' or a 'girl overboard, man overboard' because ya know... ladies first. I certainly hope you know how to steer the inflatable boat that Cornmeal Smithy will hopefully be kind enough to throw overboard with us because I can't be put in charge of such things. I hate being in charge.


Me too~ I took this test a long time ago and it seems I was an "IN something something" but life has changed me

Daughter of 1776 American Revolutionists

jrd3820's picture

Yeah I thought I remembered an IN

at some point, but that was early college I think, so I must have been 18 or 19. This is going on a decade later almost and a lot has changed.
I could be wrong though about my past results, I am not for sure, I just think I remember an IN.

Good company as well...

Your choice of profile picture matches. By the way, is the sun coming up or going down?

jrd3820's picture

That would be going down

Somewhere off the coast of Cabo or Mazatlan...I can't remember which one.

I remember taking this test a few years ago and for some reason I think I had a different result then. I suppose it could change as people age and change.

Anyone willing to share their results?