If I asked you for your MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Inventory) today, you’ll probably have no trouble whipping out the answer for me immediately. Almost everyone knows those 4 letters which seemingly encapsulates their personality by heart, myself included. People who have done the MBTI test generally fall into 2 major categories—"the amazed” and “the sceptical”. The former finds it surprising (and maybe even slightly creepy) how something like a multiple choice questionnaire could describe them so accurately, while the latter is usually disappointed by the test’s generalisation and lack it is because your personality does not fall into the categories created by the MBTI. Scientists have recently discovered four new personality types; see if you identify with any one of those categories instead!
More women than men fall within this category. As its name suggests, these people have personality traits that are… average. They are low in openness, borderline agreeable and conscientious, but highly anxious and extroverted. Nevertheless, friends and family enjoy spending time with this group of people, and they are relatively easy to get along with.
Unsurprisingly, reserved people tend to keep to themselves. They are a lot less extroverted than average, not open nor neurotic. However, they are still moderately agreeable and conscientious. Thus, they are still relatively easy to work with in a group setting, especially due to their emotional stability.
Think of the teacher’s pet in high-school, and that’s what you would expect from a role-model. Role-models have personality traits which are pro-social; they are highly agreeable, highly conscientious, highly extroverted, moderately open and almost not neurotic at all. Such people are great to work with and easy to get along with. Older people and women tend to fall into this category more often that their counterparts.
The self-centred seem to be the exact opposite of the role-model. People who fall within this category tend to score low in conscientiousness, agreeability and openness, but are moderate in neuroticism and high in extraversion. It may not seem ideal to have “self-centred” people as friends, but don’t let the name deceive you. Sure, they might not be the most generous person, but their outgoing and adventurous outlook makes them fun to be around.
Regardless of the personality type you fall under, it is important to not let it define you! Don’t view your current personality type as a sentence, but use it is a method of self-evaluation. If there is a trait you are unhappy with, make an effort to change it instead of letting it define who you are. Always remember, there is much more to who you are than what a personality test says.