Although I am not finding any real value in MBTI, I have taken a personality test built on MBTI that gave me some great and valuable insights into my personality that I can use for my personal growth. This is Typefinder on Truty.com
Although the Typefinder test is an obvious MBTI type test the have added value by also incorporating some of the traits that The Big Five use for their personality test. This gives the test a more differentiated picture of someone’s personality, and the suggestions when it comes to pitfalls for your personality types feel more relevant.
Why This MBTI test works
One of the main criticism I have against MBTI is that it is very black or white. It puts you in one box or the other, without showing any variation. What Typefinder has accomplished is a much more nuanced picture of each personality type by adding what they call facets to each of the four main scales in MBTI.
They use a five-step scale for each statement in the test which leads to a result presented in percentage. So although my result even here was ENTP, they show that my results for extroversion- introversion was 71 % E and 29 % I. This is then broken down into what they call the facets of this preference.
This is the part influenced by the big five, which is a personality test focused on traits instead of types. For each of the four dimensions of the personality type, the four scales, you are presented with sic facets ( except for the last one Perceiving vs. Judging, which has five facets) that also are presented in percentage.
What are the facets?
The facets are the traits within each dimension, for example when it comes to Extrovert – Introvert the facets are ;
- placid – energetic
- reserved – expressive
- private – prominent
- calm – joyful
- aloof – friendly
- solitary – engaged
For each of these facets, you get a percentage, and in many of these, I was borderline. This means that I show traits from both ends of the scale depending on circumstances. In my case, although I am an extrovert in many situations, I also love to be totally alone and often recharge myself in solitary. And looking at my results at this last facet gave me the answer, I am 48 % solitary 52 % engaged.
And for each dimension, you get your result for all the facets. you also get very direct and easy to understand examples of what each facet means in real life.
Another thing I really liked was that I got the percentage that my answers placed me for each of the 16 personality types.
But to the most important part, discovering my type, the section where I can get a better understanding of myself. Here they talk about my core values, my motivators, how others see me, my communication and relationship style, me at the workplace, my leadership and teamwork style, my strengths, and my pitfalls.
This part of the report felt more relevant and realistic than the official MBTI test report did, it felt like something that can help me on my personal growth journey.
In today’s video, I show you my personal result so you can better see how this is organized in the report.
Although I am still very skeptical of MBTI, I must say that the approach taken by Truity was far better than the official MBTI test. You can take it free on their website, but in the free version, you just get the general four-letter description and not all the percentage and the facets.
But it is much cheaper than the official test, which cost $49, the Truity teat cost $19, and I found a coupon that took $10 off that price, so I paid only $9. Considering the very informative and detailed report I got I must say it was well worth the price.
But even though MBTI is the most popular personality type test, it is not the only one. Next week I am going to take a look at another one, Enneagram, and I hope you will come back for that. But as always, if you want to watch my video on this topic I will link it down below.