I may not be perfect, but I'm always me.

MMDI Test

MMDI™ 'Basic Report' on Paul Kavanagh

To help you find out your type, we have matched the pattern of answers you gave to the MMDI questionnaire with the 'standard' patterns of the 16 personality types. The table right shows the percentage fit with each personality type.

ISTJ
48%

ISFJ
52%

INFJ
66%

INTJ
63%

ISTP
49%

ISFP
56%

INFP
63%

INTP
56%

ESTP
42%

ESFP
45%

ENFP
60%

ENTP
56%

ESTJ
45%

ESFJ
52%

ENFJ
59%

ENTJ
52%

From this table, you can see that the two highest scoring types are INFJ and INTJ. This doesn't rule out the other types. But those are the two that are closest when we 'pattern match' your questionnaire results with each of the 16 personality types

Differences between INFJ and INTJ

It may help you work out your type if we compare the similarities and differences between INFJ and INTJ.

One important thing to look at is which preferences 'dominate' the personality. Carl Jung and Isabel Briggs Myers said there is a 'dominant function'. What this means, in simple terms, is that two of the letters in the type code are much more important than the others.

For people with INFJ preferences, the most important letters are I and N. For people with INTJ preferences, the most important letters are also I and N. This means that INFJ and INTJ have something important in common. The same two letters are particularly important for them both, so they share the same 'dominant function'.

The Dominant Function

For INFJ and INTJ the most important preferences are Introverted Intuition. Your 'dominant function' is Intuition, oriented towards the inner world. You use your imagination to create new and different ideas and perspectives. You observe the world around you, and use your imagination to consider what you have observed from a number of different perspectives. You dream up new ideas and insights, often producing radical solutions to problems. You have a long term vision, and demonstrate an apparent understanding of what (as far as other people are concerned) cannot be clearly known.

Both your top-scoring types share the same dominant function. The characteristics of these two types are therefore very similar.

Preference Differences

INFJ and INTJ differ in Thinking/Feeling. This preference is about your preferred way of making decisions. If you prefer to decide on the basis of objective logic, using an analytic and detached approach, then your preference is for Thinking. If you prefer to decide using values and/or personal beliefs, on the basis of what you believe is important or what you or others care about, then your preference is for Feeling.

Everybody uses both sides of the preferences at times, depending on the circumstances. But the difference between the two personality types is your natural inclination. That is, which would you prefer to do in a situation of free choice?

'Whole Type' Differences

Another way to help decide between two (or more) personality types is to look at the descriptions of each one.

As an analogy, you can't always tell which country someone comes from by listening to the words they use. If they use French words when speaking, they might be from France or Belgium or Canada or many other countries. To work out where someone comes from you have to listen to the whole person: the language, the accent, the behaviour, etc..

In a similar way, sometimes you cannot tell someone's personality type by looking at individual behaviours. You need to look at the whole person. You can then work out your type by comparison with some descriptions of the personality types.

Final Notes

Carl Jung said: 'every individual is an exception to the rule'.

You are a unique individual. The personality types can help you to orient yourself as you find your way around your personality. They also provide a language (a label) that helps you explore your identity.

However, personality types are not meant to put you in a box. Some people misuse the concept of personality type by saying that if you are ABC type, then you must be good at doing XYZ. Some people also make judgements about others on the basis of their personality type, e.g.: in recruitment. Such judgements are mistakes, made through ignorance.

We have an article on recruitment that explains why Myers Briggs shouldn't be used to make important judgements about others.

 

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