What is the point of the Meyers-Briggs?

What is the point of the Meyers-Briggs type indicator? Is there one? Is it an accurate assessment or a waste of time?

Hot take: The MBTI is not an accurate personality assessment. The human psyche is more complex than a hundred-question test. While beneficial to a few reasons, the labels provided by the test are only academic. They are not a replacement for one’s personality.

Not My Type

The Meyers-Briggs is advertised as a a myriad of solutions. It can find a person the perfect job, the perfect partner, a perfect life. It’s use in examining work groups dynamics and potential dates is widely known. Knowing your “type” seems to be a shortcut through the banal trivialities of life.

A friend of mine experienced this the hard way when she joined an INTJ group on facebook. Very sure that she was the aforementioned type, the naïve woman jumped on the forum and typed out a greeting. She was excited, and you could see it in her wording. The rest of the group, likely a collection of morose teens, jumped on her enthusiasm.

My friend’s excitement was immediately recognized as “outsider.” It is commonly known that INTJs cannot experience any kind of happiness or joy, and so she was immediately perceived as a non-INTJ. Dejected, she left.

While she later discovered that her personality type was not INTJ, it was unlikely that she was the only group member in that scenario. However, her personality was far from that of the stereotypical INTJ, which ultimately caused her departure from the group.

If you are in search of a flawless explanation of your identity, it is not something that this test can provide. If you are looking for the people that may influence you most, or that you may relate to best, that is definitely not something that this test can provide.


Geralt of Rivia (ISTJ)

“People like to invent monsters and monstrosities. Then they seem less monstrous themselves. When they get blind-drunk, cheat, steal, beat their wives, starve an old woman, when they kill a trapped fox with an axe or riddle the last existing unicorn with arrows, they like to think that the Bane entering cottages at daybreak is more monstrous than they are. They feel better then. They find it easier to live.”
-Geralt of Rivia (The Last Wish)

Introverted Sensing (Si): Geralt frequently draws on prior experience to draw conclusions about his environment. Throughout his adventures in The Witcher 3, the Continue reading “Geralt of Rivia (ISTJ)”

Elena Fisher (ENTJ)

Elena Fisher_toolsandtoys.net.jpg“Don’t let her understated demeanor fool you: if you ask her about the point-and-shoot she’s carrying, she’s just as likely to show you her gun as her camera.
-Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End official bio

Extraverted Thinking (Te): Elena manages to convert Nathan Drake’s insane schemes into efficient and executable ideas. She tends to be the rational one in any group, and will contribute thoughtful ideas. Although she seeks adventure, Elena is seldom Continue reading “Elena Fisher (ENTJ)”

Nathan Drake (ENTP)

Nathan Drake_pushsquare.com.jpg“Strangers trying to kill me. Left my map on a burning plane. Elena’s missing, most likely dead. That’s great. Great start, Nate.”

Extraverted Intuition (Ne): Nathan Drake is an idea guy. He searches for patterns and possibilities in the world, and uses them to guide him. Drake springboards from one idea to another until he finds what he is looking for. Which is usually Continue reading “Nathan Drake (ENTP)”