Below are four questions, and descriptions of two different lists of personality “preferences.” Both lists have their own strengths and blindspots. BOTH are equally valuable — NEITHER one is better or worse than the other.
Read both sets of descriptions for Question #1 and decide which list — as a whole – describes you better (even if just a little better). Then click the appropriate button. Try to answer as you really are, not how you may wish you were, or have to be at work.
Continue with the other three questions and hit the “Discover Your Type” button for your results.
1. Where is your energy naturally directed?
Extraverts’ energy is directed primarily
towards people and things outside of themselves.
Introverts’ energy is primarily directed inward,
towards their own thoughts,
Therefore, Extraverts tend to be more naturally active, expressive, social, and interested in many things, whereas
Introverts tend to be more reserved, private, cautious, and interested in fewer interactions, but with greater depth and focus.
Have high energy
Talk more than listen
Think out loud
Act, then think
Like to be around people a lot
Prefer a public role
Can sometimes be easily distracted
Prefer to do lots of things at once
Are outgoing & enthusiastic
Have quiet energy
Listen more than talk
Think quietly inside their heads
Think, then act
Feel comfortable being alone
Prefer to work “behind-the-scenes”
Have good powers of concentration
Prefer to focus on one thing at a time
Are self-contained and reserved
Extravert (E) or Introvert (I)
2. What kind of information do you naturally notice and remember?
Sensors notice the facts, details, and realities of the world around them
Intuitives are more interested in connections and relationships between facts as well as the meaning, or possibilities of the information.
Sensors tend to be practical and literal people, who trust past experience and often have good common sense.
Intuitives tend to be imaginative, theoretical people who trust their hunches and pride themselves on their creativity.
Focus on details & specifics
Admire practical solutions
Notice details & remember facts
Are pragmatic – see what is
Live in the here-and-now
Trust actual experience
Like to use established skills
Like step-by-step instructions
Work at a steady pace
Focus on the big picture & possibilities
Admire creative ideas
Notice anything new or different
Are inventive – see what could be
Think about future implications
Trust their gut instincts
Prefer to learn new skills
Like to figure things out for themselves
Work in bursts of energy
Sensor (S) or Intuitive (N)
3. How do you decide or come to conclusions?
Thinkers make decisions based primarily on objective and impersonal criteria–what makes the most sense and what is logical.
Feelers make decisions based primarily on their personal values and how they feel about the choices.
Thinkers tend to be cool, analytical, and are convinced by logical reasoning.
Feelers tend to be sensitive, empathetic, and are compelled by extenuating circumstances and a constant search for harmony.
Make decisions objectively
Appear cool and reserved
Are most convinced by rational arguments
Are honest and direct
Value honesty and fairness
Take few things personally
Are good at seeing flaws
Are motivated by achievement
Argue or debate issues for fun
Decide based on their values & feelings
Appear warm and friendly
Are most convinced by how they feel
Are diplomatic and tactful
Value harmony and compassion
Take many things personally
Are quick to compliment others
Are motivated by appreciation
Avoid arguments and conflicts
Thinker (T) or Feeler (F)
4. What kind of environment makes you the most comfortable?
Judgers prefer a structured, ordered, and fairly predictable environment, where they can make decisions and have things settled.
Perceivers prefer to experience as much of the world as possible, so they like to keep their options open and are most comfortable adapting.
Judgers tend to be organized and productive
Perceivers tend to be flexible, curious, and nonconforming.
Like to have things settled
Take responsibilities seriously
Pay attention to time & are usually prompt
Prefer to finish projects
Work first, play later
See the need for most rules
Like to make & stick with plans
Find comfort in schedules
Like to keep their options open
Are playful and casual
Are less aware of time and may run late
Prefer to start projects
Play first, work later
May have difficulty making some decisions
Question the need for many rules
Like to keep plans flexible
Want the freedom to be spontaneous
Judger (J) or Perceiver (P)