Dozens of personality tests exist to help guide us select the right career, choose the best relationships, and otherwise guide us through life.
I’ll be the first to tell you that, for the most part, personality tests are complete bullshit.
Except for one — at least, for me.
Over my 28 years of existence I’ve read about my astrological sign, taken a wide variety of personality tests, and taken some career aptitude tests.
Usually, these were part of an exercise in school or out of curiosity. I’ve never actually had much expectation, good or bad.
However, the Myers-Briggs personality tests always stood out as surprisingly accurate.
I’ve taken them multiple times over the last decade from several different sources with different questions. Each time I get the same result — INTJ.
Unlike my astrological sign, which is maybe 60-75% accurate, the INTJ personality type is damn near 100% accurate for me.
Every other one I’ve taken (can’t remember the names) haven’t even been close to something that resonated with me.
While I’m inclined to believe that Myers-Briggs is probably a scam, or not as legit as they claim, I can’t deny that it’s been accurate for me and several close friends/family who I’ve had take the test as well.
Will your personality test resonate with you? I don’t know; your mileage may vary.
You can take your personality test here — it’s quick and free.
Why Should You Care About a Personality Test?
You’re reading HMP so I can safely assume you want more out of your life than the average person.
You’re not looking for a job — you want to know what to do with your life, how you can make the biggest impact, and ultimately, how you can achieve the most success.
If you’re insanely talented in one particular area, you’ve probably already figured it out.
However, if you’re like the rest of us, it’s been more trial and error so far.
If any particular personality test resonates with you and provides insight you wouldn’t have otherwise thought of, it’s valuable because it helps you narrow down your career prospects.
I’m not going to tell you that “doing what you love” or “following your passion” is the key to success because I think those messages sound great to hear, but they simply aren’t true for most people.
That said, you’re going to have the best chance of success when you at least enjoy what you do and especially when you do something that aligns with a natural talent or skill you have.
The Myers-Briggs Personality Test & My Results
There are many sources of the Myers-Briggs test. Most recently I’ve found this site 16personalities.com that’s great.
I’m not affiliated with them or anything. I just like their user experience and you can tell their information is thoughtful and not generic like the other sites are.
From the homepage, you’ll find a link to take the free test, which serves you a series of questions.
After you go through the questions, you’ll be taken to a page with your results and a full breakdown of your personality type.
If you’ve followed HMP for a while and read most of my content, you’ve probably noticed many contradictions in the message.
Sometimes I take a realistic approach that comes off as cynical and jaded, while other times I’m more idealistic to the point that you might think I’m intentionally blowing smoke up your ass.
The truth is that I’m a pragmatic optimist and I tell like it is — or at least how I see it — but I also try to “see it” from multiple perspectives for my own benefit and for yours.
It’s something I understand intuitively about myself, but never put into words.
Then I saw this little nugget from the INTJ personality profile, and it captured this particular aspect of my personality perfectly.
Their website shares insights for each personality regarding:
- Strengths and weaknesses
- Romantic relationships
- Career paths
- Workplace habits
I’m not going to go into full detail about each one for my personality because you can read about each personality on their website.
If you’re unsure about your career path and looking for any form of guidance at all, I encourage you to take the personality test to see if you gain any new insights.
I can’t guarantee it will be as accurate for you, but considering it only takes a few minutes I would say the risk-reward ratio is in your favor.
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