ESTJ – Surprise, surprise!

Took a Meyers-Briggs personality test as part of the first class of Leadership Bryan County sponsored by the Bryan County Chamber of Commerce (get to that in a minute). I am an ESTJ. Big shocker (hear the sarcasm).

Not familiar with Myers-Briggs? That’s ok. They have a website. Go figure. The quotes are from there.

  • Extrovert(E) or Introvert(I) – I got zero points in “Introvert.” I hear you snickering. The neat thing that I learned was you can’t trust someone’s outward appearance to judge their “E” or “I”. Someone can be very outgoing and social and be an “I”. Determining “E” or “I” is based on which situations give a person energy.
  • Sensing(S) or Intuition(N) – Sensing focuses on “basic information.” Intuition “prefer to interpret and add meaning.” I used to be an “N.” The numbers are still very close. Reading through the material, it looks like this shift is a product of my busier life. Makes me a bit more bottomline-esque. Evidently, this is natural for a lot of people. Not necessarily this particular shift, but changes in general.
  • Thinking(T) or Feeling(F) – Decision making is weighted first based on “logic and consistency” or “people and special circumstances.” These numbers aren’t incredibly close – I am a moderate “T”. Seems to me this is a good area to be balanced in for either type.
  • Judging(J) or Perceiving(P) – I am a clear “J” and, at first, that hurt my feelings. But, the facilitator quickly explained that “judging” was not “judgemental.” I felt better. Thought I had just found another critical constraint. Better understood, Judgers “prefer to get things decided” and Perceivers “prefer to stay open to new information and options.” Ok – that’s me.

From the Meyers-Briggs site on overview of the ESTJ

Practical, realistic, matter-of-fact. Decisive, quickly move to implement decisions. Organize projects and people to get things done, focus on getting results in the most efficient way possible. Take care of routine details. Have a clear set of logical standards, systematically follow them and want others to also. Forceful in implementing their plans.

Hmmm. That reminds me of somebody I know….

If you decide to go over there and check out the site, you’ll see yourself in a few of the summaries. I happen to think that’s a good thing. I am a fan of balance. But, we had an excellent facilitator who explained the nuances of the personality types. Our group quickly understood that while they are many things, they prefer certain things, have a tendency towards certain behaviors and gain energy from certain situations.

Have you ever taken one of these? I’d love to hear your reactions. Never taken one? Do you see it as beneficial information you’d like to have or no?

*Guess I will have to get to the Leadership Bryan County thing in the next post…can’t take up all of your day 🙂


  1. Yeah, I’ve taken these tests in the past either online or as a work or school activity. Sure it adds some insight but I have always wonder what exactly you’re supposed to do with the information. The stuff I learn is usually nothing new. Am I supposed to live by that label, try to change or what? For the record I’m INTJ (got the file saved on my hard drive). Does my response here say anything about my rating?

  2. ENFJ. The value of the test is absolutely to test what you really are versus what you perceive yourself to be but there’s not much you can do other than understand- you can’t change the fundamentals of your personality.

    I am borderline Introverted and borderline Thinking, so I’m almost an INTJ. Again, it’s particularly important online because the veil of anonymity (not being face to face with someone) allows a different personality to come out- online I am very much more aggressive than I am in person and I’m much more willing to fight online. They should create a Myers-Briggs for peoples’ online personality.

  3. INTP. Very strong on I, N and P. Used to be a very strong T, but has softened to borderline T.

  4. INFJ

  5. Patrick – I am really glad you stopped by! I have to agree with the stuff not being really new…but, for me at least, there was some feel of authority with the paper says it. Weird, I know, but I just felt like someone who had checked her answers to the crossword puzzle, found them right, and now could keep trying to finish it. I’d LOVE to know if that makes sense 🙂

  6. Lani – you bring up a great point. Is being online “with” people as draining for introverts as it is being “face to face?” As an extrovert, I get energy from both but less from the former and more from the latter.

    And you and I need to talk more about the personality changes. I think you can change those things about your personality…but, you have proven me wrong 800 million times before, and I am lucky for it 😛

  7. Athol – is that softening a result of anything in particular?

    Thanks for including me in your feedbag, BTW!

  8. Derek – has knowing that been interesting to you at all, or something you already knew?

  9. ENTJ

    Just watch me in a comments section and it’ll be clear.

  10. ENFP. BIG E, little P:

    Warmly enthusiastic and imaginative. See life as full of possibilities. Make connections between events and information very quickly, and confidently proceed based on the patterns they see. Want a lot of affirmation from others, and readily give appreciation and support. Spontaneous and flexible, often rely on their ability to improvise and their verbal fluency.

    This assessment, , is scary accurate…

  11. Brian – clicked on the link and found

    “I don’t care to sit by the window on an airplane. If I can’t control it, why look?”

    I am STILL giggling (I’ve already seen you in comment sections 😉 )

    Jay – I checked out you assessment and I like the way the questions are worded a little bit better…when I have my credit card close by, maybe I’ll spring for the whole thing 🙂

  12. I have known it for a while.

    Check out this article by a friend of mine:

  13. I haven’t taken a Briggs-Meyer for a while. I come out an INTJ if I remember right. No surprise there. 🙂

    Talking online is nowhere near as draining as face to face. Just the opposite, in fact. It’s more like a one on one or small group and can be downright energizing.

  14. Derek – that article is good stuff. Hubby is an introvert – sounds a lot like him.

    Rick – I thought an introvert would say that. As an extrovert, I find online stuff great…but, I know that I have to temper it with outside stuff or I get exhausted. When I meet new people online, my first thought is always, “I wonder how I can manage meeting them in person.”

  15. INTJ. Personality types have fascinated me for years. I write about it a lot on my site. Just getting into Enneagram even more after years of focusing more on Myers-Briggs.

    • Systems,

      I would love to know more about this topic. Your site is jammed up with great information. I would love your advice on the best way to navigate through it. I was very interested in your article on “Flow” and the authentic self.



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