Personality Tests and Characterization

Have you ever taken a personality test? They are one of my side interests and I’ve spent countless hours taking them and researching the different personality types. It really helps me to understand how different people take in information and interact with the world. My favorite resource for this is 16 Personalities which follows the Myers-Briggs (MBIT) theory. Though to have an official MBIT test you need to pay to have a train professional read the results, I think the test on 16 Personalities is pretty accurate.

The MBIT determines if you have stronger tendencies in 4 main categories: Extroverted (E) vs Introverted (I); Sensing (S) vs Intuitive (N); Thinker (T) vs Feeler (F); Judger (J) vs Perceiver (P). The combination of those 4 categories gives you your personality type. it does get a lot more complicated from there but I’m not going to get into all of that since I’m by no means an expert.

I’ve taken these tests countless times over the years, from several different sources and I have actually had the professional official test done as part of a training session for my first job. Every single time I’ve taken it I’ve gotten INTJ which 16 Personalities describes as “The Architect – Imaginative and strategic thinkers, with a plan for everything.” This is one of the rarest personality types making up only 2% of the population overall and women INTJ make up only 0.08% of the population. Reading through the write up on INTJ it fits my perfectly. As a side note INTJ is a very popular personality type for villains in books and movies. Do with that what you will.

Now I’m not telling you all this just because I think it’s interesting (which I do), but because as a writer personality tests like this can be very useful when working on characterization. If you answer the questions on the test for your characters you’ll get a ton of insight on how they perceive the world and maybe even more helpful, what their weaknesses are. This is invaluable information to have when you can’t figure out how your character would react in a certain situation.

I took the test for the main characters in The Journey Missions series. Check it out.

Crystal Wolf – INTJ The Architect – Imaginative and strategic thinkers, with a plan for everything
Desi Flint – ESTP The Entrepreneur – Smart, energetic and very perceptive people, who truly enjoy living on the edge
Justin Anderson – ENFJ The Protagonist – Charismatic and inspiring leaders, able to mesmerize their listeners
Tyler Price – ISFJ The Defender – Very dedicated and warm protectors, always ready to defend their loved ones
Jim Grady – ESFP The Entertainer – Spontaneous, energetic, and enthusiastic people – life is never boring around them
Ryan Young – ESTJ The Executive – Excellent administrators, unsurpassed at managing things – or people

Have you ever taken a personality test? Did you feel your results were accurate? Let me know in the comments.

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2 responses to “Personality Tests and Characterization”

    • It’s great to meet another female INTJ. I do wonder if our INTJ tendencies are what makes us take several personality tests to ensure the data is accurate. Though I have started to wonder if I’ve just figured out what the INTJ answers are from reading a lot about the personality type so now I know what to answer in order to get that result. Which I guess is a pretty INTJ thing in and of itself.

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