The Myers-Brigg’s Personality test is based off of the famous psychologist Carl Jung’s work. It’s an interesting ‘personality’ test in general because Myer-Brigg’s test is actually more centered around how you take in information rather than how it is presented to others; two people might be very outgoing and sociable, but have completely different personality types. Yet it’s a commonly used test because it helps people understand how they understand. Myer and Brigg’s test has many components, but part of how they divide people up is whether they are F or T, Feeling or Thinking. Feelers are the sort to follow their heart and show their emotions. Their principles and ideals tend to be more important to them than professional success. Thinkers rely on their head, tend to hide their emotions, focusing on always being cool and objective.
No human is logical. It’s a sad truth. No matter how much we long to do things that are strictly rational, we cannot help the fact that we are undoubtably emotional creatures. Our morals, beliefs, everything is subject to the biases of what we feel. Yet we aren’t completely emotional, we have ingrained rules and socialized norms of expected behavior. We might be emotional, but throughout history, humans have shown the strength to stick to standards that are contrary to their inner desires. However, as displayed in the test, this is a spectrum. My roommate and I might both be thinkers, but we express it in slightly different ways. There isn’t a pure thinker or feeler, just a tendency to be on one side or the other. What this shows us is that we are affected by both. In order to become the best of who we can be, we need to find out our proclivities and work with them.
There will always be pros and cons to natural temperaments. Right now, you are who you are. But things change every day with each new experience. Why not change into someone better? Why not use your gifts? Today is a great day to be the person you want to be.
NERIS Analytics Limited. (2016). Nature: Thinking vs. Feeling. Retrieved June 30, 2017, from https://www.16personalities.com/articles/nature-thinking-vs-feeling