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Sixteen Personality Traits: Which One is Your Character’s?

There’s a huugggeeely popular site called ‘16 personalities‘ and ‘The Myers & Briggs‘ which are sites that determine your personality type!

But here comes the great part: You don’t just have to use this site for yourself. You can use it for your characters.

Today I’m going to be sharing with you 16 awesome ways of deciphering your character’s true personality!Screen Shot 2019-02-10 at 2.39.03 PM

16 Personalities: How to Use Them

Before I go prancing around and telling you guys a whole long stringing list of randomness, I want to stop and tell you guys how to use the 16 personalities. 

When looking at these 16 different kinds of personalities, you might accidentally start looking for your personality. That’s totally cool, and you can 100% do that, but this post is for you to throw aside yourself right now. 

Your characters will always have a bit of you in them, because you’re the one who created them. But try to go past your personality (unless your protagonist is exactly like you).

ALRIGHT, now I’m handing you guys the set of instructions for this post!

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16 Personalities: What do the Random Weird Letters Mean? 

Okay, so it may look cool to flick your hair and say, “Ah yes, I’m a true ENFP!” but honestly? What in the world do ENFP stand for? Sure, you can give a great description on what it means, but can you tell me what the E means? Or the N? or the F or the P singularly?

Probably not, although if you can…high five! You can skip the next part! ‘Cause I’ll be telling you what it means!

I’ve created for you guys a guide to the 16 personality types, inspired by Jeff Gerke’s book:

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16 Personalities: List

Introducing the list, copied from Jeff Gerke’s book, so all the honor and glory goes to him. I changed a few words around, though, so that it isn’t crazy weird to understand.

 

1. INFP

Introvert, Intuition, Feeling, Perception

Sees the world as full of wonder, as through rose-colored glasses; must have work that has a meaningful purpose; idealistic.

 

2. ENFJ

Extrovert, Intuition, Feeling, Judgement 

Organized and decisive; works to build harmony in personal relationships; empathetic; sees potential in everyone.

 

3. ISFJ

Introvert, Sensing, Feeling, Judgement

A serious observer of other people; overwhelming desire to serve others; often taken advantage of; responsible.

 

4. ESTP

Extrovert, Sensing, Thinking, Perception 

Tolerant and flexible; actions, not words; the doer, not the thinker; spontaneous; impulsive; competitive.

 

5. INFJ

Introvert, Intuition, Feeling, Judgement

True activist for a worthy cause; good insights into other people; remembers specifics about people who are important to him.

 

6. ESTJ

Extrovert, Sensing, Thinking, Judgement

The person self-appointed to keep everyone in line; prefers facts to opinions; stays with the tried and true; practical. 

 

7. ENFP

Extrovert, Intuition, Feeling, Perception 

Idea person; warm and enthusiastic; enjoys work that involves variety and experimentation.

 

8. ISTJ

Introvert, Sensing, Thinking, Judgement

Quietly thorough and dependable; always seeking to clearly understand things; punctual to a fault; can seem cold.

 

9. ESFJ

Extrovert, Sensing, Feeling, Judgement

Generous entertainer; lover of holidays and special occasions; natural leader; good delegator, encourager; cooperative. 

 

10. ENTP

Extrovert, Intuition, Thinking, Perception 

Ingenious; outspoken; easily bored by routine; challenges status quo; institutes change; clever; incisive. 

 

11. INTP

Introvert, Intuition, Thinking, Perception

Obsessed with achieving logical consistency of thought; natural and creative scientists; looks for the logical explanation . 

 

12. ENTJ

Extrovert, Intuition, Thinking, Judgement 

Organizes groups to meet task-oriented goals; vision caster; always seems to find himself leading; spots inefficiencies and fixes them.

 

13. INTJ

Introvert, Intuition, Thinking, Judgement 

System builder; both imaginative and reliable; natural strategist; long-range planner; independent and original.

 

14. ISTP

Introvert, Sensing, Thinking, Perception

Doesn’t do something unless it’s a big project into which he can throw himself utterly into; great ‘big problem’ solver.

 

15. ESFP

Extrovert, Sensing, Feeling, Perception

Exuberant; outgoing, a lover of life, pleasure loving; partier, scattered; into things that are ‘new’; chatty.

 

16. ISFP

Introvert, Sensing, Feeling, Perception

Sensitive; caring; all about feelings: his and other people’s; moody; quiet; kind; doesn’t lie conflict; needs his own space. Screen Shot 2019-02-10 at 2.39.03 PM

Honestly, even though I’m a character person, not a plot person, I’ve been struggling with finding out who my protagonist, Will, truly is.

And while giving him flaws and strong traits has 100% helped, this personality test-along with Jeff Gerke’s book book, has truly made Will come to life.

Helpful Questions:

  • How does your character behave in public?
  • What does your character want to be seen as?
  • What does your character value?
  • What types does your character best get along with?
  • What types rub your character the wrong way?
  • What careers would your character gravitate to?

 

 

Was this post helpful in really figuring out your character’s personality?

What’s your character’s personality?

What’s yours?

And to make this even MORE fun, can you figure out which type is mine?

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions or thoughts, leave a comment down below.

Thanks for reading!

Mary

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Sixteen Personality Traits: Which One is Your Character’s?”

    1. Ohh that’s awesome! I’m a protagonist too, on the site, but although I have some parts of an ENFJ in me, I’m not an ENFJ 😉
      Thanks for commenting!

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