If you've ever taken the Myers & Briggs test, aka MBTI, you know it's an accurate way to learn more about your personality. In my second semester at Cornell, I was given the MBTI test in my Organizational Behavior class. Interestingly our professor told us that employers use the test during their recruitment process. I was skeptical about the results because I had never taken a personality test that resonated with me. When I read the description of ENFP, I knew that MBTI was legitimate.
Nowadays, I use the MBTI test for my dating company. My clients take the test online in order to paint a full picture of their personalities. In order to learn which types work best together, I encourage my clients to read about the other types which help in discovering their ideal matches.
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The Myers & Briggs test is broken down into four categories/steps, each containing two outcomes. They are:
Step 1: Extrovert (E) vs. Introvert (I): This essentially determines "what energizes you?" If you're outgoing and like hanging out in groups, you're more of an Extrovert. If you prefer alone time and reflecting internally, you're more of an Introvert.
Step 2: Intuitive (N) vs. Sensing (S): This answers the question, "how do you process information?" If you prefer to focus on basic information you take in, you're Sensing type. On the other hand if you prefer to interpret information and add meaning, you're an Intuitive type.
Step 3: Thinking (T) vs. Feeling (F): The question here is: "when making a decision, do you prefer to use logic and consistency or people and circumstances? If you're the former, you're a Thinking type. If you're the latter, you're a Feeling type.
Step 4: Judging (J) vs. Perceiving (P): In order to figure this one out, ask yourself, "do you prefer to get things decided or do you prefer to stay open to new information and options?" The former is a Judging type and the latter is a Perceiving type.
Some might say that there is a formula to matching people for long term relationships but I believe the best approach is a personalized one. From my experience, I have found that opposites attract initially, but have a lower chance of staying together. Over the past 12 months, I have used the MBTI test with each of my clients and found that similar personalities tend to work best together. Take the free online MBTI test to determine your type and read through the other types to determine what your ideal match would be!
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