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Myers Briggs Personality Types for Teenagers

October 4, 2014

What is your Teen’s Personality Type?

Personality types can be associated with different life and relationship outcomes and different career choices. The Myers Briggs personality types test is commonly used to identify the personality types of individuals. The test may be useful as part of Step 1 of your teen’s career planning process.

Isabel Briggs Myers and Katherine Cook Briggs (mother-daughter team) developed four dimensions of personality based on the work of Carl Jung, a Swiss psychotherapist and psychiatrist. The four dimensions were made up of dichotomies (meaning that each of the four contained opposite pairs of psychological differences), resulting in 16 different types of personalities.

Four dimensions

The four dimensions are:

  • Attitudes: Extraversion (E) versus Intraversion (I)
    • Extraverted individuals – action oriented, prefer to gain wide knowledge, prefer to be among people and prefer frequent interaction.
    • Intraverted individuals – thought oriented, prefer to gain insights and depth of knowledge, prefer being alone and few interaction, although when interacting, they prefer to build strong friendships.
  • Perceiving function: Sensing (S) versus Intuition (N)
    • Information gathering process functions.
    • Sensing individuals – prefer information that is backed by evidence (i.e. that they can understand or accept with the use of their five senses).
    • Intuition individuals – ability to trust or process information that is more abstract in nature.
  • Judging function: Thinking (T) versus Feeling (F)
    • Decision making functions.
    • Thinking individuals –  decisions are usually based on facts and rules, and what is logical or consistent.
    • Feeling individuals – decisions are based on empathy, fairness or through consensus.
  • Lifestyle: Judging (J) versus Perception (P)
    • Judging individuals – this type of individual has a dominant Judging function (T/F) personality.
    • Feeling individuals – this type of individual has a dominant Perception function (S/N) personality.

The 16 different personality types

Which one are you? Read More on Myers Briggs Personality Types.

ISTJ (11–14% of the population) Intraverted  Sensing  Thinking  Judging
ISTP (4–6% of the population) Intraverted  Sensing  Thinking  Perception
ISFJ (9–14% of the population) Intraverted  Sensing  Feeling  Judging
ISFP (5–9% of the population) Intraverted  Sensing  Feeling  Perception
INFJ (1–3% of the population) Intraverted  Intuition  Feeling  Judging
INFP (4–5% of the population) Intraverted  Intuition  Feeling  Judging
INTJ ( 2–4% of the population) Intraverted  Intuition  Thinking  Judging
INTP (3–5% of the population) Intraverted  Intuition  Thinking  Perception
ESTJ (8–12% of the population) Extraverted  Sensing  Thinking  Judging
ESTP (4–5% of the population) Extraverted  Sensing  Thinking  Perception
ESFJ (9–13% of the population) Extraverted  Sensing  Feeling  Judging
ESFP (4–9% of the population) Extraverted  Sensing  Feeling  Perception
ENFJ (2–5% of the population) Extraverted  Intuition  Feeling  Judging
ENFP (6–8% of the population) Extraverted  Intuition  Feeling  Perception
ENTJ (2–5% of the population) Extraverted  Intuition  Thinking  Judging
ENTP (2–5% of the population) Extraverted  Intuition  Thinking  Perception

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