First published in 1943, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is one of the most popular personality tests to be used in society today. Inspired by the work of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers took his theories of different psychological types and created a practical tool. The resulting questionnaire has since been used by businesses and organizations as an important tool for human resources and has been translated into 14 different languages.
By identifying where you fit into the four dichotomies that the test assesses, you are then sorted into one of 16 different personality types, each with their own strengths, weaknesses, preferences, and quirks. These dichotomies include:
Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I): Do you prefer living in your own world, within your mind, or do you enjoy living in the outside world?
Sensing (S) or Intuition (N): Do you focus your attention on the knowledge you possess internally and your personal understanding of the world around you, or do you instead focus on the information that is coming in?
Thinking (T) or Feeling (F): When you make decisions in life, are they based on the logic and facts that are presented to you, or do you first look to the people that are involved and how your decision will impact them?
Judging (J) or Perceiving (P): Are you the kind of person who prefers to have life already decided for them, following a set routine, or do you prefer to keep an open mind, ready to adjust course as new information presents itself?
ISTJ – The Logistician
Arguably the nicest of the personality types, 13% of the population will be classified the ISTJ personality type. Clear-sighted, logical, committed and driven by purpose, the ISTJ is an integral part of family life as we know it here in America. They are steady and reliable, always a call away if you need someone regardless of how big or small your current problem may be. Quiet and unassuming, those who are part of the ISTJ personality type are often overlooked. If you have just discovered that you are an ISTJ, you join an exclusive club including members such as George Washington, Robert De Niro, Denzel Washington, Julia Roberts and Misha Collins.
Interested in learning more? Check out these 14 signs that you are an ISTJ:
#1 – It’s All About the Little Things
You don’t need big, elaborate plans or the latest gadgets in order to be happy in this life. You enjoy focusing on life’s simpler points, like the sound of birds during your walk in the park.
#2 – You Value Honesty
Believing strongly in loyalty, trust and commitment, you place an incredibly high value on the concept of honesty. While this is usually a good thing, be cautious that you aren’t so honest that you cross the line into being blunt and hurtful.
#3 – You Care About the Happiness of Friends and Family
As a people pleaser, there is nothing that makes you happier than knowing that you can bring happiness to others. You will go out of your way, even sacrificing your own happiness if that is what it takes to bring joy to those that you care about.
#4 – You Struggle with Change and Unpredictability
You need to feel stable and secure in life. Even the slightest falter in this regularity will send your mind into total chaos. Others may see you as a perfectionist, but the truth is that you just feel more comfortable when you can control things to ensure that they will turn out right.
#5 – You Are An ‘Old Soul’
Placing a high value on tradition and the history that brought us to where we are today, you feel highly connected to things from times gone by.
#6 – You are a Perfectionist
Everything in your life needs to be in order, allowing you to perform to the best of your ability in every area of your life. If even one part of your life falls short, you instantly become a spaz case, freaking out and struggling to calm your mind back down.
#7 – People See You as ‘Safe’
Reliable, stable and trustworthy, you are the person that everyone can count on and they know it. In a world that can be challenging, scary and difficult to understand, you are a ‘safe’ haven.
#8 – Parties and Social Events Aren’t Your Thing
It’s not that you don’t love the people, because you do, but you would rather connect one on one or in small groups with your friends and family than feel overwhelmed in a larger social function.
#9 – You Need Some ‘Me’ Time
In order to recharge and re-center your thoughts, you require some quiet time spent alone at home. Whether you are reading a book, watching television or even doing housework, you need that time without having to socialize.
#10 – You’re Often the Manager
Your love for order and organization allows you to take control and lead others effectively. Combine this with their loyalty and reliability, and others will follow them anywhere.
#11 – You Sometimes Get Too Caught Up in Being ‘Right’
While you care strongly for the people in your life, rarely forgetting about their feelings and emotions, your perfectionist tendencies will sometimes take over. This need to always be ‘right’ and ‘perfect’ can overshadow all other thinking, causing you to hurt or alienate others.
#12 – You Plan Everything Out
You don’t just set goals, or try to keep your life organized, you literally plan out every area of your life. If someone were to ask you what you would be doing in 5 years you would be able to answer in extreme detail, and you truly believe it will work out exactly as planned.
#13 – You’re a Master of Advice
When the people in your life are in need of a little advice and guidance, you’re the person to go to. Logical, realistic and responsible, you provide easy to follow and often highly successful advice.
#14 – You are Calm and Practical
Life can get crazy, but when everything else gets out of hand you have a natural ability to stay calm and level-headed. You set realistic and attainable goals, and understand that you will need to work through some challenges in order to achieve all that you desire.