It may be hard to identify what kind of personality your child has at a very young age, however, there are several fundamental traits present at any age. Identifying these general characteristics can help parents make better decisions when introducing a young child to new people and situations or handling behavioral issues.
Personality typing has long been held as a way of categorizing people according to their respective tendencies to act and think in certain ways. And what better way to do that with your own kids than to compare their characteristics to those from the 16 Personality Types quiz, which has categorized more than 223,567,596 people?
History of the 16 Personality Types
Before the quiz came to be, the origins of these 16 personality types can be dated back to 1943. The assessment is based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) created by mother-daughter duo, Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers.
The two were intrigued by the personality type theory ideas and Carl G. Jung’s book Psychological Types published in 1921. They believed their interest and Jung’s ideas could be brought to a wider audience.
Myers was particularly interested in its effect on people in the post-war world. World War II was a huge influence on the project and this quiz was made with the intention of making the world a better place. The theory was that if people knew their personality types then they could figure out a way to better work together and there’d be less conflict.
And the MBTI assessment was created.
What Are the 16 Personality Types?
The assessment is designed to sort individuals into 1 of 16 personality types. Each personality type has a detailed description that explores different facets of a person’s life — academics, business, and personal development. We will break down those below.
The questionnaire has four opposing dichotomies:
- Extraversion vs. Introversion: How do you gain energy?
- Sensing vs. Intuition: How do you collect information?
- Thinking vs. Feeling: How do you make decisions?
- Judging vs. Perceiving: How do you organize your environment?
These preferences are the basis for a four-letter code that gives you a personality type. For example, if you get “ENFJ” your personality type is defined as extraverted, intuitive, feeling, and judging. The “N” is typically used for “intuition” in order to avoid confusion with “introversion.”
There is a test you or your kids can take to determine where they fall on the scale.
The 16 Personality Types Test
The most common model is the 16 Personalities Test. This assessment’s approach is far more simplified than the original and adds a fifth dimension called “identity.” This explores how confident we are in our abilities and decisions.
The letter “-A” is used to define individuals who are assertive while the letter “-T” is used to define individuals who are self-conscious. Additionally, the combinations are categorized into sections — analysts, diplomats, sentinels, and explorers. And, each section has corresponding characters for every personality type making it all the more fun to follow.
This assessment is set as a quiz, and the questions may be too difficult for a young child to answer. However, analyzing the 16 different personality types and categorizing your child may help you understand them. The assessment is targeted for children 13 years or older, so if your teen would like to explore their personality, they can.
Breaking Down the 16 Personality Traits
1. Architect: INTJ-A/INTJ-T
An architect’s personality is one that is driven by curiosity. They are always up for a challenge and do well in pushing themselves to see things from all perspectives. Their greatest strengths lie in their decisiveness and independence. More than that, they are a jack-of-all-trades and plan to accomplish everything they set their mind to. However, sometimes this high self-confidence can go to their heads and can be perceived as arrogant and judgmental. This, as a result, can spread into their home and work environments. They tend to challenge authority and set their own rules which can make their lives a bit harder.
Though they have more success in friendships than relationships, architects still have trouble bonding with anyone they don’t perceive to be on their “level.” In friendships, they are looking for intellectuality and honesty, and tend to hold their standards very high.
2. Logician: INTP-A/INTP-T
Of the 16 Personality Types, Logicians are great analysts and abstract thinkers. They love to see how unrelated factors tie into each other beyond the surface. They are enthusiastic about their ideas and are prepared to present them in a discussion. This personality type prides itself in honesty, which can be a double-edged sword. Though they may not intentionally hurt someone’s feelings, the truth is paramount. Their logicality relays insensitivity and they become puzzled in emotional situations. In order to avoid this, they tend to be withdrawn and private. In this solidarity state, they find themselves second-guessing their decisions, but strive for better every time.
Their distance makes it hard for them to fall into friendships quickly. Their friendships are better defined as knowledged-based. Logicians prefer their friendship to be rooted in the exchange of ideas, solutions, theories, etc. However, when they do find someone worth sharing a bond with, their friendships are long-lasting and consistent.
3. Commander: ENTJ-A/ENTJ-T
This personality type is commandeering, energetic, and efficient. Inefficiency is a problem they see as drawing them away from their goals. Commanders are self-confident and believe in their ability to tackle all situations. They are strong-willed and enjoy navigating through obstacles in a way that inspires others to look up to them as leaders.
Things can take a turn when they’re put in a position of power or authority. Commanders tend to dominate a room in a way that others perceive as arrogant and stubborn. Their intolerance trumps emotional considerations and their rationalism can be taken as cold and ruthless.
This makes it hard for them to maintain friendships. They demand a lot from their friendships and their lack of sensitivity is their greatest weakness in this aspect of their lives. Most of their friends fall into the Analyst category because of their shared passion for knowledge and debate.
4. Debater: ENTP-A/ENTP-T
Debaters–as their name suggests– rarely pass up an opportunity to learn something new and challenge different findings. They are quick-thinkers and love bringing original ideas and concepts to the table. They are energetic personality types whose charisma makes way for a charming style of communication. Their weaknesses (one could assume) lie in their tendency to be argumentative as well as insensitive to others’ ideas. Their incredible flexibility can also get them into a pickle because they don’t know how to focus on one thing at a time.
As friends, debaters can be a handful. Enjoying loaded-discussions with quick-witted remarks is their forte. This personality type may not be the best companion for a board game, they might argue their way into winning.
5. Advocate: INFJ-A/INFJ-T
This personality type’s strengths lie in their creativity and insightfulness. They work their way through obstacles with a strong sense of compassion and intuitiveness. The warmth in their words makes them highly-convincing and inspiring personalities. When they believe in something or someone, they are passionate about spotlighting it.
Advocates are incredibly altruistic and focus their energy on acting in a way that benefits others. However, they tend to be sensitive and a perfectionist in their pursuits. Their need to always have a cause or something to work towards can lead to burnout very quickly. This can be especially important to consider when they’re taking on extracurriculars in school. Knowing to limit themselves and what they can handle is essential for their well-being.
In friendships, they seek people out who are as passionate and motivated as they are. Advocates steer clear of having aimless-friendships or big social-circles. Their perfectionism shifts into overdrive when looking at friendship and compatibility.
6. Mediator: INFP-A/INFP-T
Mediators are the optimistic one of the bunch, which becomes an asset to their loved-ones. They have a resilient attitude in the face of hardship and are always in search of harmony in any setting. You don’t have to worry about a domineering attitude from these personalities because having power is not their preference. Mediators are open-minded and flexible which supplements their aversion to rules.
This personality type’s passions are their driving-force and their dedication to their pursuits is unfazed. Their idealism, however, sets them up for disappointment. Their tendency to idealize situations and people is impractical. Mediators oftentimes take things too personally and get their feelings hurt a lot. Most mediators are private and reserved which reduces the possibility for hard-feelings.
In friendships, these factors make it hard to get to know them. But, if you do, you’ll know them for life. They may lack some consistency. Mediators take time-off in friendships, which lets them re-center their hearts and minds.