Personality and “the Path”

By Abigail Mathis, Class of 2018

“The Path” is a new college guidance program at Westminster. One tool it uses to help freshmen start thinking ahead is the Myers Briggs Personality Assessment. The Myers Briggs Assessment gives every person a combination of four letters describing their personality. These letters are E for extrovert or I for introvert, N for intuitive or S for observant, T for thinking or F for feeling, and finally J for judging or P for prospecting. These letters can be combined in sixteen different ways, creating the sixteen different personality types. For instance, an ENFP (extroverted, intuitive, feeling, prospecting) loves to be around people, trust their intuition, bases their decisions off of what they feel, and is very relaxed about work and life. While the ISTJ (introverted, observant, thinking, judging) prefers to be alone, rely on what he or she senses, follows logic over feeling, and sticks to the rules completely.

And from what I can tell, this test is crazy accurate. My personality type is an ESFP, and it is spot on. ESFP’s love to entertain people, can read other people’s emotions, and thoroughly enjoy the luxuries in life — to the extent that it might be unhealthy for their wallet. This is exactly me. And I am no the only one who has been completely and pleasantly surprised by the accurateness of the Myers Briggs Assessment; everyone is talking about it. My friend is an ENFP and expresses that her lack of desire to submit to authority forcing her to do anything is because it’s in her personality to be defiant and completely independent. She also loves to have fun and knows when it’s time to relax, unlike her sister whose personality is ESTJ and finds it difficult just to relax and have fun. Both fit their personality types to the tee.

This test tells you your strengths, weaknesses, which personalities it is easy (or not so easy) to work with, optimal career choices, and much more. I learned things about myself that I did not know before and this is the case for everyone who has taken the test. Though I do believe that just because the test says you are something, that does not mean you have to fit that personality type perfectly all the time. Your personality might say you could have difficulty in academics, but this does not mean you should give up on school because your personality explanation says it might be harder. It just tells you an area that tends to be more difficult for that your personality type. All that being said, the Myers Briggs test is extremely accurate, and I believe that everyone should take it, not just the freshmen.

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