Myers Briggs Personality

Somehow, during a recent job interview, I let it slip that my Myers Briggs Personality Typeology is ENTJ.  For those who don’t know, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator is a psychological tool used to measure peoples preferences in perceiving the world and making decisions.

There are four pairs of dichotomies that are examined by the MBTI: Attitude, Perceiving Functions, Judging Functions, and Lifestyle.  The dichotomies are:

  • Attitude – Extroversion (E)/Introversion (I)
  • Perceiving Functions – Sensing (S)/Intuition (N)
  • Judging Functions – Thinking (T)/Feeling (F)
  • Lifestyle – Judgment (J)/Perception (P)

With my typology, I’m an Extroversion, Intuition, Thinking, Judgement.  ENTJs tend to be self-driven, motivating, and competitive. They are often sought out as leaders. Unusually influential and organized, they may sometimes judge others by their own tough standards, failing to take personal needs into account. [1]  Characteristics of ENTJs include:

E-ENTJs often feel motivated by their interaction with people. They tend to enjoy a wide circle of acquaintances, and they gain energy in social situations (whereas introverts expend energy).

N-ENTJs tend to be more abstract than concrete. They focus their attention on the big picture rather than the details, and on future possibilities rather than immediate realities.

T-ENTJs tend to value objective criteria above personal preference. When making decisions, they generally give more weight to logic than to social considerations.

J-ENTJs tend to plan their activities and make decisions early. They derive a sense of control through predictability, which to perceptive types may seem limiting. [2]

For the most part, this pretty much describes me.  (I actually disagree with the E.  I think I’m an I.  It was very close, but according to the test, I’m a borderline E.)

Because I like to have a little fun, here is my not so typical personality type.

ENTJ: The Evil Overlord

The ENTJ is best characterized by his charisma, his ability to grasp complex situations and to think flexibly and creatively, his keen and active intelligence, and his overwhelming desire to crush the world beneath his boot. ENTJs are naturally outgoing and love the company of other people, particulalry minions, henchmen, slaves, and the others they rule with ruthless efficiency.

ENTJs usually die at the hand of secret government agents in a fiery cataclysm that destroys their entire underground fortress. Often, Evil Overlords will have a secret clone whose implanted memories contain all the knowledge and ambition of the original, stored in cryonic suspension in a safe location. The clone will appear in a sequel.

RECREATION: ENTJs enjoy spending their leisure time in groups, seeking out the company of others with whom they can exchange strategies and ideas, and test their mind control rays. They also enjoy competitive games which challenge them intellectually, such as chess, go, and “tell me where the missiles are or I’ll open the pirhana cage and the girl dies.”

COMPATIBILITY: Ideal companions include ENTPs, whose inventive natures often most useful; and ESTJs, who make excellent henchmen once the neural realignment is complete. ENTJs often employ the services of ISTJs but don’t usually make good romantic partners with them. Under no circumstances should an ENTJ ever date an ENFJ; no good can come of it.

Famous ENTJs include Ming the Merciless, John Bigboote, and Charles Montgomery Burns. [3]

[1] Isabel Briggs Myers with Peter B. Myers, Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type, (Mountain View: Davies-Black Publishing, 1995), 85–88.

[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ENTJ

[3] http://www.xeromag.com/fun/personality.html

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3 thoughts on “Myers Briggs Personality

  1. Ha! Very funny! Fav part is “ENTJs usually die at the hand of secret government agents in a fiery cataclysm that destroys their entire underground fortress. Often, Evil Overlords will have a secret clone whose implanted memories contain all the knowledge and ambition of the original, stored in cryonic suspension in a safe location. The clone will appear in a sequel.”

    So was it helpful to mention the Meyers Briggs thing in the interview?

    • Well, the Associate Pastor who was a part of the interview got it. The person from the call committee didn’t. We’ll just have to see how that effects the outcome of the interview.

      • Good luck–just hope they do not let you build your own underground fortress. However, a secret clone sure would be helpful in ministry, that’s for sure, so maybe you’ll get one of those.

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